Big Bold & Blue
Added Jul 16, 2014
Battle Creek, Un...
I remember being disappointed when this 100% linen print arrived from an Elliot Berman Textiles purchase more than a year ago. It has been stuffed in my stash, avoided, because I had no idea what to do with such a bold and large-scale print. It wasn’t “me” at all. Suddenly, it struck me: sheath dress.
I couldn’t be happier with the result of my first linen project. I washed and machine dried this medium weight fabric three times. For linen, this stuff barely wrinkles at all! It cut perfectly, only beginning to fray near the end of the project after lots of handling. It presses beautifully and wears very smoothly.
This pattern is unlined. I added a full lining of bemberg rayon. Joann’s doesn’t carry white (what?) so I used the parchment color in my stash. The Slapdash Sewist has a fantastic tutorial for an all-in-one machine finish of your neckline and sleeves without having to burrito up. And A Fashionable Stitch is where I always go for vented lining instruction.
For this first go, I sewed a size 10, with only two alterations. A 1/2 inch forward shoulder adjustment (which has become a standard for me) and I shortened the entire thing by a whopping 4 inches. (At 5ft tall, is it really a surprise?). There are no shorten/lengthen lines on the dress. In the muslin, I took all 4 inches from just above the vent, but learned that results in the inability to bend over without flashing the world. For the dress, I took out 2 inches from above the vent, and another 2 inches from the vent itself. The skirt is much much better balanced that way.
This dress (even in gross beige muslin form) makes me feel tall and thin.