Linen clothes are supposed to help keep you cool in hot weather. I live in central Texas, so I’ve been wanting linen clothes for a while. I never seem to find any- at least not in my price range- so I decided to buy some fabric for cute spring and summer dresses. I didn’t like any of the linen at by local Hancocks, and fabric.com was having a sale, so I took advantage!
I got 4 linens (actually linen/rayon blends to reduce winkling), plus 15 yards of $1.95/yd shirting fabric for muslins, since my local fabric stores are constantly out of muslin. I’ve got big plans for some nice, cool linen dresses for summer! Really, I’m setting myself up for a fall because I have fabulous, unrealistic visions of me feeling like it’s 72 when its really 90+. Oh well, linen is still supposed to be great in hot weather, even if it isn’t magic. We had a mild winter, and already had a 88 degree day this past week- everyone is terrified over how hot the summer is going to be.
I am a bit worried about the linen fabric wrinkling, but Carolyn at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic recommends washing the fabric several times if you are making a more casual wash-and-wear outfit, and also underlining AND lining if you are really concerned about wrinkling. Also accepting some wrinkling with linen and matching the right fabric with the right garment design is important! Blends will help, but you should still expect some wrinkling. I am just going to dry-clean most of my fabrics before sewing them, since they are dry clean only.
Simplicity Sew Simple 2017
I am excited about this sort of Hawaiian looking fabric. I am going to use it to make Simplicity Sew Simple 2017. This dress will be my first! The pattern isn’t necessarily my favorite style- I usually need a good amount of waist definition and structure to look my best- but I am enough of a realist to know that I have to start out with easy patterns before I can make more difficult ones!
This might just end up being a house dress that I end up wearing on days when I am staying at home. Still, if I end up making something that I can wear at all, I’ll be happy and proud.
Very Easy Vogue V8645
I’m going to make this Very Easy Vogue pattern (V8645) in pale lavender. This dress might be pretty easy, since it doesn’t have waist definition. It’s fully lined, which will be a new experience for me. I hope everything goes okay..
I guess we will see!
Very Easy Vogue 8765
I’m using a pink and black linen blend for Very Easy Vogue 8765. The fabric picture isn’t that great, but the fabric is interesting. The warp and weft are different color
s- one is black, one is pink- making this fabric really fun. I’m going to make view B (the pencil skirt view). Very excited!
I’m going to make Butterick 5638 is this sage with cream flowers linen blend. It’s a bit ambitious because of the linear pattern, so i’m not going to try this pattern for a while. Looking forward to it, though! I have a pair of red heels that I haven’t gotten to wear yet that I think will go nicely with this dress.
That’s all the linen I bought. I do have one more pattern that I haven’t found a fabric for yet:
I’m not sure which view I’m going to make this in yet- I technically like view A (the scoop neck) more than view B, but I think view B might be more suited to my body type, since V-necks should be better for petite, top-heavy women. But, I’m not really loving the big-ish bow on view B, and not confident enough to change the patter (yet!)
One thing I love about Vogue is their helpful guide about what patterns are good for which types of figures- I wish everyone would copy them and do this.
Anyway, I’m still waiting to find an affordable linen fabric that I love for Vogue 8380. I might possibly go with this fabric.com fabric:
This is a different fabric for me, since I don’t usually wear yellow. I’ve got enough fabric and projects to keep me busy for a while now, so if it goes on super sale I’ll get some. If not, I’ll get a different fabric.
Beyond that, I’ve been working on some projects. I was pretty busy there for a while, but I finally finished Simplicity It’s So Easy 2117, which is a pencil skirt, and am almost done with Simplicity It’s So Easy 2136, which is a fleece jacket. I’ll post about them soon.