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Fuschia Linen Tunic Dress

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Well that’s it, all my lovely linen used up and made into loose Summer garments which have been perfect in this recent spell of hot weather.

Remember these citrus shades I bought from Calico Laine?

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I made a sleeveless dress from the “Pool Blue” and self drafted a tunic from the “Leaf Green” (Don’t you just love the descriptive colours?)

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I wanted something along the same lines for the fuschia linen, another loose fitting, easy-to-wear item that would be a delight to wander around in on even the hottest day.

In the end I decided to make a dress based mainly on the tunic but, this time, with sleeves, albeit short ones.

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This is what I came up with for the pockets, the lines marking the placement for an inverted pleat.

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I used a combination of flat fell seams and French seams for the construction.

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Narrow hems were made throughout, so no need for facings.

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I really liked the details in the tunic so I applied them to this dress as well.

The parallel pleats on the front and back which draw the centre upwards and allow the edges to hang lower in an interesting shape….

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…the exterior pleats on the back which add shape as an alternative to darts…

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….and the inverted centre front pleat adorned with two coconut shell buttons.

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I added two pockets this time, in a slightly different style….

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…and this is the finished article!

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The sides are split to mid thigh level which lets the breeze in to keep me nice and cool!

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I can also wear linen trousers underneath for a different look (or if it gets cooler).

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Very casual, comfortable and cool – three reasons why I LOVE linen!

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40 thoughts on “Fuschia Linen Tunic Dress

  1. These are to die for!!!! What an amazing summer wardrobe you are amassing. The colours are fabulous on you. I think they are absolutely beautiful.

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  2. Thanks Lucie, I have to say they were perfect for the beach last week, so easy to slip on and off without sticking to my sweaty body!!

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  3. Today I found a beautiful fabric store here in Peschiera and the first person who came up to my mind was you! In the very moment I entered the store I wished I were just a little able to sew like you do! Well, I’ve found something suitable for my sewing skill and am already working on it… Your dresses are gorgeous,I love in particular the blue one! Simply stunning!!

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  4. Beautiful colours and style love the pink

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  5. There you are rocking that sewing machine!! I think you have sewing and all other creative things embedded in your genes. I love all the linen items you made for summer. My fav is the blue. It is totally you for sure. If I lived closer I would be at your door begging for some lessons. Lessons in sewing, knitting and of course crocheting! Enjoy the rest of your week lovey. Lots of hugs to you and the family. xxxxxx
    Robin in the good ole US of A! πŸ™‚

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    • You know what, I think it must be in my genes – I get withdrawal symptoms if too many days pass without my having made something. I even took my sock knitting last week when I went away with the girls! You should blog about the things you make – I’d love to see your progress:)

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  6. They are all great, I think the green is my favourite although it is hard to choose between them! My linen dress is on hold, in the pattern measurements I came out as a large (I’m 8 1/2 stone and 5’2″) I believed the pattern but wish I hadn’t, it looks like a tent. I need to do some drastic alterations!! x

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  7. Absolutely love all three! Brilliant!! πŸ™‚

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  8. A hat trick! They look great and so neatly finished. πŸ™‚

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  9. Your trio is sooo totally you, particularly with all that sun from last week! Whoop-whoop-whoop! I can’t wear pink or pastels, but they’re great on you ~ cannot decide which is my fav. Would you teach, once your family’s a tad older? If so, that’s another add to my list πŸ˜‰

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  10. Love, love, love and you really suit saturated colours, but in the interest of full disclosure, I may have to copy, xx

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  11. These all look lovely! Such beautiful vibrant fabrics and perfect for our recent weather. I’m also amazed by the professional finish. I bet you’ll wear them loads πŸ™‚

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  12. Such lovely colours, and great names for them too. I love the gathered details on the hems: perfect for hot weather πŸ™‚

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  13. I couldn’t pick a favourite – they are all really delightful and you look equally as fabulous in all of them! It is a wonderful thing to be able to design clothes that are perfect for oneself – not one of my skills sadly!

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  14. Wow, this certainly look very cool to wear. I love the coconut shell buttons and all the pleats. And the seams are so neat!

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    • I’ve got loads of the coconut shell buttons in different sizes as they are so useful on casual makes. Thanks for noticing the neat finishing – I try hard to get the details perfect as it makes all the difference:)

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  15. Those colors are amazing!!

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  16. Wow! That looks so cool and wearable. And, as you know, my favourite colour πŸ™‚ All three are brilliant though and lovely colours.

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  17. Super sunny weather wear, they are all so you if you know what I mean LOL

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  18. Love all 3 of your linen tops! Stunning! How about a tote bag made of a bit of each colour if you’ve sent left? πŸ˜ƒ

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