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November 3

Effortless Linen Dress

One of the last projects that I was able to make for my Paris trip is this easy, breezy linen dress.

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I bought this navy & white linen at Fancy Tiger Crafts this past spring when I happened to be in Denver for a work conference.  I’ve longed for a rustic, looking linen dress and I bought it with that idea in my head.

Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck

Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck

I wanted my dress to feel like something Audrey Hepburn would wear in Roman Holiday – simple, chic, and perfect to wear while having an adventure.

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The bodice, sleeves, and skirt of my dress all come from different patterns and I created the waistband piece and fit it accordingly.  I call this pattern hacking – but Ms. TaniaSews so cheekily reminded me that its your “design” not a hack job.

The bodice is from a 1960’s dress, skirt is from a 1950’s dress, and the sleeves – I can’t remember.  They’re my to-go-to sleeve that I always leave out as it’s perfect for my armscye; I believe I modified it from a 1940’s blouse pattern though.

The Rodin museum garden turned out to be a great place for sneaking a few photos of my dress.

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I probably could have stood to hem my dress a bit shorter… I know I have a propensity to made my hems longer rather than shorter, but I think it’s the effect of my height.  Sometimes when I’m looking in the mirror, the angle is off and it appears that I have more length than I do, resulting in slightly longer hems.  #ShortPeopleProblems

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The skirt is in between a full circle and a half-circle skirt, perfect for swishing along the boulevards of Paris and Bruges.

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I love center, lapped zipper insertions.  I nearly do them on all of the dresses I’m able to because I love them so much.  I stitch the one side down and then pick-stitch the remaining side by hand.

Linen Dress

Now the hem looks fine in these pics – what the hay??  I’m guessing it’s my photographer’s height that is throwing off my own hem angle.  Ahh well…

Linen Dress

As you can see, the linen takes on a different color depending on the lighting conditions.  Sometimes it’s very navy blue and other times it’s more rustic looking.

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Rodin Museum

It was perfect to wear on my travels and it has a spot in my regular wardrobe now for work.  It’s a breezy summer dress and now it’s turned into a great transition piece for fall paired with a cardi and brogues.  All in all, it’s a simple dress, but I love it so much.

  1. Michelle / Nov 3 2015

    I can attest, this dress looks amazing on you! I think you struck the perfect balance of classic/elegant/chic with this one. :-D

  2. Hélène / Nov 3 2015

    Lovely dress! This is the perfect match: fabric + pattern. I think the length really has a Roman Holidays vibe and you look wonderful – just ask your tall photograph to kneel down a bit!

  3. Bonnie / Nov 3 2015

    Charming! Lovely LOVELY tweak-design and a testament to the fact that you are an awesome judge of style-fabric combinations that work best for you. IMHO, the length looks perfect, and I feel sure that Audrey Hepburn would be proud.

    PS. Luuove the less-pink coif too – jus sayin :)

    • Liz / Nov 3 2015

      Thanks Bonnie. It’s been a long journey to learn which fabrics pair with which patterns and now that I’m sewing with knits, it’s a whole new learning cycle. It’s fun though.

      The less-pink is actually what I wanted my hair to look liked. It fades so bad & quickly with my hair that I have to make it “more” pink at the beginning so that it fades to the pink that I like, which is nice pastel pink. :D

  4. Sophie-Lee / Nov 4 2015

    It’ll definitely be the photographers height making the hem look longer – happens to us too, even though I’m tall my husband is even taller!

    The dress looks great, and the fit is ideal. I love simple, easy to wear dresses like this!

  5. Heather / Nov 4 2015

    What a lovely dress for a lovely holiday! It looks perfect!

    • Liz / Nov 5 2015

      Thanks so much Heather. :)

  6. Melissa / Nov 5 2015

    Adorable! The fabric is perfect, and I love seeing your Paris photos! We missed the Rodin museum while we were there, now I’m wishing we would have had time to see it!

    • Liz / Nov 5 2015

      Thanks Melissa. I just went down the rabbit-hole that is your blog; fun stuff lady! :D

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