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New From Old : Linen Summer Dress

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A couple of years ago I made this self-drafted linen dress and wore it quite a lot that year.  This year, however, I’ve always chosen something else ahead of it in the wardrobe so, when I decided to make a short, sleeveless Summer dress in an attempt to stay cool, I thought I’d cut it up and re-use the fabric as I still love the colour.

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I’ve used this New look pattern before when I adapted it to make a white triple-layered dress, also from linen, as in view B on the pattern envelope below.

This time, I chose view D.

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Most of the time was taken up unpicking the old dress, ironing the fabric and cutting out the new pieces, after which the simple shift dress came together quickly.

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I know it was supposed to be a simple shift dress, but it was a little too simple for my liking so I tried out this bit of sequinned trim around the neckline.

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Much better and still no too fancy for a day dress.

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I added a couple of long darts in the back through the waistline to give the dress a bit more of a shape.

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Although I initially hadn’t planned on re-using the pockets, I do like pockets and, as it’s a casual dress, decided to go ahead and stitch them on.

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I used French seams throughout and simply overlocked and turned the hem, armholes and neck edge.

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Bust darts stop it being too boxy, too.

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I had to join two short lengths of trim and there was just enough to do the front neckline only. Spot the join if you can!!

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Hubby’s away on business so I had to resort to mirror selfies again I’m afraid.

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So far this Summer it’s been hovering around 30°C for at least a few weeks which us poor Brits are simply not used to and, as such, the most I’ve worn is a pair of knickers whilst at home.

Luckily for the Postman, I now have a piece of clothing that I can bear to wear:)

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21 thoughts on “New From Old : Linen Summer Dress

  1. Very nice, and I love the pink. I think most of us wear some pretty informal clothing these days at home–nothing at all, or a teeshirt with nothing, or knickers, or other variations on nothing-much-if-at-all.

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  2. Lovely transformation! It will be great for these hot weather days.

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  3. I also love the idea of recycling old cloths (me made or store bought) because this way you save money, fabric and reduce waste eventhough it might take longer to finish.
    I like the vivid pink color and actually both versions of the dress! Nicely done!

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    • I agree wholeheartedly and it made sense to re-cut it because the linen finally has that soft, well-washed feel to it. I loved the old dress but it wasn’t getting worn enough and, anyway, the new one has sequins – enough said!

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  4. GREAT refashion, Ms. Sheila! Am certain your postie will appreciate the neckline… er, trim, the neckline trim. (But maybe not as much as your previous outfit. 😉 Lol!)

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  5. Good idea to transform a little worn dress into one that gets you out of your knickers – so to speak. A couple of my neighbours here call being ready to open the door to the outside world ‘bra ready’ and, I must admit, the item of clothing I find most uncomfortable in the heat is a wired bra so I’m joining the ranks of the braless when at home alone.

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  6. Like the shape of the new top – and keeping the pockets was a great idea – you can never have too many!

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  7. Excellent use of a dress that was being passed by. I love the neckline trim – and the postman stories in the comments!
    Pity the weather has changed this morning but I’m sure the heat will be back.

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  8. haha, bet the postie is gutted, you were probably the highlight of his day! You’ve done a fab job and made a great dress. I’d say pockets are essential. I REALLY have to learn to make my own clothes, or alter the shop-bought ones I have. You mentioned adding darts at the back and bust to stop it being too boxy. A lot of my clothes are boxy as I’m busty, I’m wondering if I could make them more wearable with my very basic dressmaking/intermediate sewing skills?

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  9. A great transformation, and love the pockets ! I wish I was as clever. I spent ages unpicking a shop bought pair of shorts recently – oh my, it takes ages to unpick I agree! – and then worked out I didn’t have enough of the fabric I had earmarked for the new pair. Onwards and upwards – many things on my ‘to make one day’ list

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  10. It is so worth the make over. The new dress is going to be popular in summer, I am sure of it. It is perfect. I am glad you added the pockets again, they do make the dress! Stay cool and enjoy your summer. You look stunning. 🙂

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  11. Wow well done! How empowering it must be to make something. I need to learn😀

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