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Made By A Fabricista: The Fabric of Summer

Even though it is not quite yet summer, it is VERY close, in Indiana it still has been raining cats & dogs, so hello from my studio! One of my favorite fabrics to wear in summer is linen. Linen is an absolute all-time favorite of mine. It’s light-weight, beautiful, and breathable. There are so many options of garments you can make when it comes to linen. You can make shirts, shorts, pants, dresses, etc. When I think of linen I usually think of more neutral colors, or a one colored fabric, but the dress I’m showing today is a printed linen & I am just blown away! The fabric is of great quality & has a gorgeous print. 

This fabric was extremely easy for me to cut & work with. My favorite part was pressing it; it really held the seams well, but also retained the heat for a bit so I urge you to be careful. If you have not worked with linen there are some things to consider such as: making sure you cut it accurately, because it can pull & warp & mess up the actual piece. I would also note that linen, can wrinkle easily but do not let that deter you away from making your next beautiful linen piece!

For the dress, I decided to make the Fiona Sundress by Closet Core Patterns. This pattern was made well. I had little to no issues with anything matching up as far as notches, hems, or side seams, which is excellent because sometimes when I use other patterns I have those exact issues. My dress was created with a mashup of View A & B; I opted for the bodice of View B, with the lower back but the midi length from View A. I really loved the details on this dress, such as the cris cross back & the 21 buttons! Speaking of buttons… did you see that I created mine with an ombre effect? It was such a cute after thought. 

This project was fairly simple to understand, but I would consider it to be more intermediate than beginner friendly. The linen fabric can be hard to work with sometimes if you have never worked with it before. You must be careful cutting & sewing it because sometime it can flex, or warp & it will be off. The pattern, however, had a couple techniques that I probably wouldn’t think to be beginner friendly, but if you are considering a small challenge this would be the perfect project for you!

MACY  @macycamile


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  1. A perfect summer dress! I've always been afraid to work with linen but you have given me encouragement.

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  2. Lovely dress, looks great! I know what you mean about the linen warping.

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  3. I have several yards of white linen that I haven't had the nerve to cut yet. I'll definitely check out the printed options. Your dress is lovely

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