Cool loose-fitting linen dresses are a must for summer holidays.
Bella and Kalle provided just the right styles and my local Spotlight had a good selection of linens to pick from. All I needed to add was a sewing machine and some time!
Pink floral Bella
The linen was a little see through so I lined with cotton batiste.
Not strictly necessary, but it does make the colours pop, and there are no awkward underwear show though moments.
Such a lovely loose style that the lining has no impact on its comfort in hot weather. It might even ‘improve’ it by making it more tent like?!
I shortened the sleeves, slashed them and added ties. Sort of like a full bicep adjustment, but with a style outcome.
This is such a satisfying pattern to make. Last time I made the crop top, lengthened, with the stand collar. This time it was the shirt dress, at the length as drafted, again with the stand collar.
So many satisfying details.
I added pockets. The same lovely ones that are included in the Bella dress pattern. Because. Pockets.
I used pale pink pre-made bias binding rather than self-fabric bias on the hem because I didn’t have quite enough fabric.
Why pale pink when the flamingos were white and so were the buttons?
Availability – within 2 metres of sewing machine. Funny – I would never have selected this ahead of white, but I think it works better than white would have, on the finished garment. I have so much still to learn!
But one thing I have already learned is that this is an awesome pattern.