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Made by a Fabricista: Cafe au Lait Linen Dress

 


Hello everyone. This linen dress is the first thing that I made after my husband passed away 2 months ago.  At first, it was a real struggle- I kept putting things together the wrong way and having to rip it out and do it over again.  I probably shouldn't have chosen an asymmetrical design with fabric that looks the same on both sides for my first project!  But as I finished, I felt a real sense of accomplishment!  I have to say that creating something unique and special was just what I needed to feel a little like myself again.  

I used three coordinating pieces of linen- a deep coffee colored brown, a milky cream, and an abstract print with whipped cream, cloves, and cinnamon it- thus, my cafe au lait dress!  These particular fabrics are no longer available, but there are lots of other choices in the Linen section.  Linen is so wonderful to work with.  You do need to accept that wrinkles will be part of the look though, which I am fine with.  For the pattern, I used Vogue 1694 which is a Marcy Tilton design. 

This is an interesting pattern to make, as it has both an asymmetrical neckline and hemline.  The hem is completely faced with separate pieces.  I would put it in the intermediate skill category- not hard, but like a jigsaw puzzle to figure out.


I used the print to make a coordinating face mask.  I have to say, linen isn't as comfortable as the cotton face masks that I'm used to- it's a little rougher on the skin.  But it is nice to have one that matches!

You can see how the back pieces connect to the front pieces here.    You really could use as many different fabrics as you want to mix together.  The pattern sizing is generous and long- I am tall and didn't add anything to the length.  I'm also a DD bra cup size, and didn't do a full bust adjustment.   There is an inseam pocket on the right side seam.


And then another pocket is in the horizontal seam on the left!  I like this pocket placement.  It feels natural and at the right height.

Since it is getting a little chilly, I made a little bolero to go with it out of the deep brown linen- figuring if it cold and sunny, the dark color will absorb more heat.  I used McCall's 6461 to make it, which is just the easiest pattern.  I also made it out of a white lace here last summer. 

After making the dress, I had about 1-1/2 yards left of the printed linen left, and decided to try a new culotte pattern from the Burda Plus magazine with my leftover fabric.  

These are design #416 from the Spring/Summer 2020 Burda plus issue.  They have a faux fly front, pockets, and partial elastic waistband and come in European sizes 44-60.


They are very comfortable, and I will probably wear them more next summer, since they are a white background.  The cream linen asymmetrical top is one that I made back in 2016!  Here is the original post.  The pants that I originally made to go with them wore out a long time ago, so I'm happy to have another item to wear with it, and give it a second life.


The bolero shrug works well with this top too. 

I like these culottes, but this color-blocked dress-oh, it just makes me happy, as I imagine sipping all of those delicious flavors in my cafe au lait! 

Hope that you have a wonderful October, and sew something that makes you happy!

Kind regards,

Ann

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Comments

  1. I am so sorry you lost your husband. I just lost my mother. It has been almost two weeks now. Life can be challenging and at least we have sewing! I just love what you made! You look so nice. And comfy! Thank you for sharing and now I have ideas for that 5 yards of linen I bought 2 years ago.

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  2. Ann you are a great inspiration.
    I love the way you coordinate your sewing projects.

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  3. I am sorry for the loss of your husband. Thank you for sharing these new creations with us. They are lovely, and so practical too. I really enjoy using that brown, beige and spice pallet too.

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  4. Fabulous collection. Great color combo.

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  5. Ann, So glad to have you here posting again. Love the print culottes and your bolero. The colors are really nice. October is a wonderful time of the year.

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  6. Lovely and versatile capsule wardrobe, that will be an inducement to resume your life activities as you feel able to do so.

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  7. I am also sorry for your loss, hard times. I love what you did with your linen and I love Burda patterns. Unlike other companies they do not take shortcuts on their plus patterns and I have cute culottes I made from a plus pattern I adjusted down in size. As I am plus size on some parts and medium on others I find it easier to cut down than grade up patterns. Tracing off the patterns is a bit of work, but I like adjusting at the cutting lines and adding my own seam allowances.

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  8. Ann, So deeply sorry for your loss. Reading your blog and seeing your creations for a while, it feels we know each other in some way �� Hoping you should have only happy occasions from now on, and be comforted by positive memories.

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