And Just Like That Summer Is Nearly Over


 Why is it summer just seems to pass by in what seems like one long barbecue or picnic but winter seems to last forever?  Having Christmas and New Year added into the mix make summer the busiest season both on a personal and professional front which is why there is a queue of unblogged items just waiting for the right time for me to write them up.  This dress is no exception.  It was finished before Christmas and photographed on my summer holiday to Kaiteriteri which provides an excellent opportunity and the time to get photographs done, especially given it tends to be rather a permanent fixture round my neck at Christmas anyway.


Oh how I agonized over this dress before taking any scissors to the fabric.  I just love this fabric!  It is a linen from Cotura Fashions that I picked up at the end of summer last year.  My initial plan was an Inari Tee Dress but I was reluctant to sacrifice such a lovely fabric on an unknown to me pattern so I ended up using my tried and true pattern, New Look 6145.  This dress makes the fourth time I have used this pattern.
Nailed that invisible zipper insertion first time!
The changes I made this time round were to add some extra ease, about 5mm in all to each side seam because of the looser weave of my linen fabric.  As usual I narrowed the neck because I do find this one runs wide.   I also added a cotton poplin lining to the body of the dress as the fabric is just a little bit sheer and I had no intention of wearing a slip with a summer dress.  I finished the dress off with shorter sleeves and added a turn back just to give an extra bit of interest to the dress.


The resulting dress is exactly as I hoped and has become a wardrobe staple for work during this summers unrelenting heat.




Comments

  1. This is absolutely lovely! I agree that summer always seems to pass way too fast but I do like sewing winter clothes :)

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    1. A change of season is a good excuse to sew more.

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  2. I love this - so pretty and great use of that fabric. love the floral. and great photos as well.

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  3. That's a really pretty fabric! I would have never thought it was linen!
    also, I do the same thing with my favorite fabrics and TNTs. it's too scary to think of wasting it on something that you don't love

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    1. Exactly! I did learn something from my Tessuti Lois issues.

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  4. I can see why you were hesitant to cut into this gorgeous fabric. Great idea to use a TNT pattern. I love the retro vibe this pattern has. It reminds me of the Tilly and tbe Buttons Coco dress. The addition of turn up cuffs on the sleevex looks great. Beautiful dress!

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    1. Thank you! I hadn't thought of a retro vibe but now you mention it..

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