What I had figured out, was something known for centuries by people in hot climates. Linen is naturally resistant to bacteria (thus cutting down on odor), dirt repellant, as well as both absorbent and quick-drying! It also has a naturally high SPF factor, high luster, and strong, long-lasting fibers. And the cooling factor? I read that studies have shown that skin temperature can be lowered 2-3 degrees when wearing linen clothing, compared to wearing cotton clothing!
It does have one drawback, and that drawback may be a deal breaker for some people- it wrinkles like crazy. Just sit down once, and you will start to see lines wherever the fabric bent. I like to look at the wrinkles as just a "design element" and as a way to tell real linen from the imposters. It's a good idea to not tumble dry your linen bone dry, to make it a little easier to release the wrinkles from when it comes out of the dryer.
The culottes are from Hot Patterns "Camera-Ready Culottes" pattern. I had made a muslin of them a few weeks ago, and had worn them out a couple of times to get a feel for whether or not I wanted to use this extra nice linen in this pattern. The pant leg was super wide, and I did feel a little clown-like in them, so when I made them in the linen, I reduced the leg circumference by about 6" per leg. They still measure a generous 30" around the bottom of the leg. Here's a close-up of the cuff which I made a little wider than the pattern, at 2-1/2" wide.
For the top, I used another new Hot Patterns pattern- the Plain and Simple Woven T-shirt and Dress. Despite the name, this pattern turned out to be anything but Plain and Simple. To get the fit close to the illustration, I ended up going two full sizes smaller from what was recommended for my measurements. I also adjusted the shoulder and added waist darts for a little more shaping. Definitely more work than I was planning on, but I really love this new top- mostly for the color! It's so Springy!
The scarf is made from silk chiffon, also from Fabric Mart. I love a lightweight scarf for Spring. They are so easy to make too! Read more about making scarves from fabric here.
If you haven't already tried sewing with linen, give it a try! There really are no special skills or techniques needed. It's incredibly easy to sew with. I bet you will love it as much as I do.