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.
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.
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.
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.
Much better and still no too fancy for a day dress.
I added a couple of long darts in the back through the waistline to give the dress a bit more of a shape.
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.
I used French seams throughout and simply overlocked and turned the hem, armholes and neck edge.
Bust darts stop it being too boxy, too.
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!!
Hubby’s away on business so I had to resort to mirror selfies again I’m afraid.
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:)