Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Linen Dress for Spring




I have Spring fever.  I want pretty, bright colors in my life.  I want to paint all my walls pretty shades of green and pink and blue to be surrounded by the cheerful colors for the coming of Spring.  I'm too lazy for that so I sewed a dress from this coral linen (a blend with flax or cotton I figure since it doesn't completely wrinkle just by looking at it.)  I actually used this fabric to make a different dress last summer but it shrunk like nuts (even after pre-washing, too.)  I pre-washed the fabric again and let it stay in the dryer til it was static-y, just to be on the safe side.  This is pattern M113 from My Image (Spring/Summer 2011.)  I think this is my favorite issue of theirs- I want to sew about two-thirds of all the patterns in here.   The second I saw this dress I knew I would sew it up.  I'm almost sure the model here in their magazine is the same height as I am at 5'8".  The length and vertical fit is so similar (I didn't hem it quite as short as the pattern recommends.)  This is nice to know as I look at the finished patterns on her. 

I made a size 42 then graded the hips to about 46.  This pattern is evenly proportional from hip to bust, I happen to have a fuller bum and thighs and it was an easy fix.  Their translated directions from Dutch to English are not My Image's strong  point-- (almost) all the info is there for this one but it's not too clear.  I took my time and thought out each step and it all worked out.  What is missing?  The dimensions for the waist pieces.  I measured the width of the front and back skirt and used those numbers for the waist; I used 1 inch wide elastic so I measured 1" and added 5/8" seam allowances.  The directions for the waistband are vague and I had to improvise some.


I used some vintage buttons made from shells.  I wish I knew their approximate age.  I don't think they are mother-of-pearl because they don't have a very strong opalescent shimmer.  Buttons in my collection date back to the 1800s so there's a 100+ year span they could be from but my guess is they are mid 20th century?  Any button geeks out there who would know?  P.S. Hi, Mom and Aunt Barb!  I know you're reading now! And yep... these are Aunt Anna's buttons.   

19 comments:

  1. This is just perfect for spring, I really love the color. The texture of that fabric looks beautiful too! I hope it doesn't shrink again, thats just the worst!

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  2. Thanks, Megan! I know I will wear this one quite a bit.

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  3. What a cute dress! Great color too!

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  4. Such a lovely dress and that great coral colour makes it even better!

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  5. This is such a wonderful colour! Perfect for spring! I'm still sewing with dark plaids and soft flannels since spring really is taking its time arriving in the UK - I'm not in the springtime mood yet.

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  6. The color is just perfect for spring! Very pretty dress, and it looks practical and comfortable as well :)

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  7. Thanks! That's exactly how I feel about it. :)

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  8. Thank you Emma! I've been over winter for a while... and I was actually freezing taking these photos.

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  9. Thanks! It's so nice to have a cheerful color fabric to sew with during such dull, gray days.

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  10. Thanks! I wish I had more of this fabric it's so fun.

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  11. Your a machine every time I look at your blog you have something new! This dress is gorgeous the colours look fab on you! I love the pattern too its adorable!! Another awesome outfit!!

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  12. Awwww! Thanks, Erin! I feel a little on the slow side this week, I haven't even decided what to sew next now that I finished this dress two days ago.

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  13. Perfect spring dress. I love the color. You look beautiful.

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  14. Kathy - I love this dress! The color is fabulous, they dress is so cute and comfy looking. You must be the best looking mom at the park! g

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  15. This is such a great dress! Suits you well, and I love the colour!!!
    Freya May

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  16. Thanks Gaylen! Well, it's snowing today and I will be bundled up with scraggly jeans and a giant winter coat :) Winter... blech!

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  17. It's so cute! The color is perfect for spring and I like the fit. Linen is one material that I have yet to work with. You did a great job. I can totally relate to wanting to be around bright colors to get through the winter blues. I live in Southern Maryland, so we've had similar weather. Could you believe the snow yesterday? It felt like a slap in the face. Ha! Winter just doesn't want to let go!

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  18. Thanks Rebecca! A fellow Marylander! And yes, I think the snow was a giant punch in the neck :) This linen blend was nice to work with. I've never used 100% linen because of the lovely wrinkly mess I'd be in 10 seconds flat. This has a mildly wrinkly look, but in a way that looks casual and comfy.

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