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A blue linen dress

Added Oct 2, 2014

by gerganas

Sofia, Bulgaria

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In February when I was browsing the shops to find the perfect fabric for my wedding dresses I found some wonderful linen in different colours. I got two samples from the whitish one and 4-5 meters from some light blue one. I was so impressed with the blue one that I took it just to have at home. I also thought I might be able to use it as a colourful accent at the wedding. Later, I could not get just one accent and the blue fabric was left alone. At least until I was ready to sew it. It was a perfect fabric for this calf length dress in 50s style.

For making the bodice I followed the pattern. However, earlier when sewing my wedding dress, I found that I had to alternate the pattern for my shoulders. The pattern required broader ones. This resulted in cutting the biased pieces of the bodice shorter and asked for some additional work. But I just loved the upper line of the bodice. It is so flattering. The bodice, except its top part, used the same linen fabric for the upper and inner part. Sewing this linen was not easy, it was constantly moving as it was a living thing below my fingers.

What I particularly loved was the skirt. For making it I didn’t follow the pattern but improvised. I’d left around 3 meters of fabric which I sewed in a big tube (short ends together). Then, I folded the fabric in a way that the sewn ends were on the inside and the long ends are together. I personally love to have garments with clean inner parts. I used the raffle foot of my machine to gather the long ends until I got approximately the length of my waist. Next, I machine sewed the upper part of the skirt to the bodice. I attached the zipper on the back being careful to match the left and right waist sides. To finish, I hand sewed the inner part of the skirt to the bodice.

The whole process required a bit of work and some time but I love the final result. You can almost wear the dress reversed from inside out J

The pattern was a Vintage Vogue pattern V1094.

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Material Notes

linen

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Material
Cotton, Linen, Organza, Satin, Silk, Taffeta

Credits

Vintage Vogue pattern V1094

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    Oct 19, 2014, 09.11 PMby tinyangrycrafter

    That dress is such a lovely color! That neckline is so great as well.

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      Oct 20, 2014, 06.29 AMby gerganas

      Thanks!

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    Oct 4, 2014, 12.47 PMby KamySole

    Blue is Very nice on you

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      Oct 6, 2014, 06.41 AMby gerganas

      Thank you!

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    Oct 3, 2014, 10.09 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wonderful dress and I love your neckline!

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      Oct 3, 2014, 11.52 AMby gerganas

      Thank you so much!

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    Oct 2, 2014, 08.08 PMby melthorley

    Lovely dress!

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      Oct 3, 2014, 11.52 AMby gerganas

      Thank you!

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    Oct 2, 2014, 04.21 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress x

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      Oct 3, 2014, 11.52 AMby gerganas

      Thank you!

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    Oct 2, 2014, 02.47 PMby Dessy Dinata

    wow, you make the classic style looks so lovely, I like that upper line style too :)

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      Oct 3, 2014, 11.52 AMby gerganas

      Thank you! So sweet of you!

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      Oct 3, 2014, 11.52 AMby gerganas

      Thank you! So sweet of you!

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