My mom bought me a linen dress for family pictures in 1999. I loved it-it was my lounge around the house on a Sunday afternoon and the dress I wore during my 8 and 9 months of pregnancy.
It is long and just the right fabric weight.
But after many years of wear it started to tear and rub holes. I was sad, and am planning on making a dress similar to it this summer. When I was sketching ideas for the go-to dresses I remembered this linen and knew what I wanted it to look like.
The Go-To Dress pattern is found HERE
Here is what I did differently...
Cut longer and a little bit wider, the shoulders are also longer.
Because linen is more of a summer fabric I wanted this to be a short sleeve dress. I widened the sleeves and made them longer.
The fold of the sleeve is a seam from the dress. I pressed it to give it a crisp edge.
The back of the dress was also cut on a seam. I cut a 2 1/2 inch slit on the top.
I sewed the shoulders together and sewed on double fold bias tape on all edges.
The bias tape was also sewn on to the sleeve edge and the dress hem.
When I got to the slit at the nape of the neck I sewed a small loop out of bias tape for the button.
Once the bias tape was sewn on I added the sleeves.
Now on to the fun part...
Sew the double fold bias tape together-it makes a stiffer narrow ribbon.
I sewed the stems and leaves directly on to the dress-using a zig-zag stitch.
For the top flower I zig-zagged the bias tape into pleats.
This is what it looked like when it was done.
Add the petals however you want them to appear. I found the diasy petals are best if you make a figure 8 and sew in the middle.
I debated about added a waist band, but because there is no stretch to the fabric I opted for no waist band this time.
She loves it! After the photo shoot she asked if she could wear it today.
This dress to a bit longer because of the bias tape-using what I had on hand I had to pick out a few stitches because it didn't catch the edge of the dress. But once I figured out what to do it wasn't too bad. Next time I think I would make my own bias tape-and make it a touch thicker.
Just one more dress to show you. I hope you have enjoyed these dresses as much as I have.