All the linen over here please!

It’s so hot. So muggy. So unlike Wellington. We’re all wandering around in a sticky, grouchy, slightly stunned sort of way, totally not used to weather like this (we’d move to Auckland if we wanted humidity!). Obviously this is the perfect weather for a Closet Case Patterns Charlie Caftan in crisp linen from The Fabric Store.

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I picked up this 1.5m remnant of linen last time I was at TFS (I can never help myself, their remnant bins are so good), and decided I would use it to make a test run of the Charlie before I used the gorgeous piece of Japanese double gauze which I bought specifically to make view B of the pattern. I opted for view A for this linen, as I thought the architectural pleats would work better with it’s crisp hand than the gathers.

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Charlie was an enjoyable dress to sew! I love the kimono sleeves, and the faced neckline. The waistband insert was enjoyably fiddly to sew, I think sometimes I sew too many basic-straight-line garments so I should push myself more. I used the higher armholes, though you can still see my bra through them. I’ll just make sure I’m wearing a black bra with it, I’m not overly bothered! I also added the waist ties from view B, which I’m glad about. The dress itself is pretty straight up and down, and I like the hint of shape that the ties give. I also like that they’re long enough to tie in the front, the linen ties into a lovely crisp bow which I think looks really cute with the insert and the pleats.

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I’ve been playing around with different ways to tie it, I quite like it tied together in a bow at the front without wrapping around my waist. It gives the dress a little bit more shape than not being tied up at all, but is more cocoon shaped (which is great in this heat!). I don’t think I’ll ever wear it untied, simply because I don’t know what I’d do with the ties! Maybe when I make my double gauze version I’ll make the ties separate, or figure out a way to make them removable.

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Tied in front
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untied (with tails)

I’m really liking deep V necklines at the moment, surprisingly enough! I’ve always preferred a scoop neck, but I’ve sewn a couple of things with this shape neckline lately and I think its really pretty. Good for showing off some of my shorter necklaces too!

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The only issue I have with this one is that it’s a touch snug at around my hips, but luckily linen is pretty forgiving and it’s already relaxed and become more comfortable! I could have let the seams out a touch, but then I would have had to mess with the pockets, and I was too lazy. it isn’t that bad, I’ll just need to remember for next time!

Linen is having a definite moment in my summer sewing, I’ve made 3 garments in it so far with two more in the pipeline. I could have more, but I’ve put a few restrictions of my fabric buying for the next wee while, and I don’t have any more in my stash! I’m going to try to sew 3 pieces of fabric from my stash before I’m allowed to add a metre, so we’ll see how that goes. If I start counting from the beginning of my christmas break, that gives me 1.5m of new fabric owing…I’ll just avoid the Fabric Store for a little while!

12 thoughts on “All the linen over here please!

  1. Love your linen dress! I have fallen in love with linen too. I’m participating in the 2018 RTW Fast this year with Sarah Gunn (and yes I’m adding to that, NO patterns or fabric – or shoes 🙂 ) because I honestly have too much and no more space to put anything! The RTW Fast I think will be fairly easy because last year I only bought 5 items of clothing and 2 of them were outerwear which I couldn’t possibly make 🙂 This challenge has already nudged me to my closet to figure out what I’m going to need and sleeveless woven (yes linen!) tops is something I don’t have at all. Not one. So I pulled out a few patterns and the one I picked to do first is Katherine Tilton for Vogue V5891 which I think will be nice in linen. If I like it enough I’ll be getting some of that silk out I have in my stash 🙂 That’s the nice thing about a “fast” – it means all that gorgeous fabric that I’m nervous about cutting into, I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and do it!

  2. Love your dress – perfect for a hot day. We have been having the opposite weather extremehere in the U.S. – arctic weather, particularly the northeast. One day in the morning it was 7 degrees Fahrenheit with a real feel of -7!

    1. Wow, that is super cold! It never gets anywhere near that cold here, it’s only snowed in Wellington twice in my lifetime (and that was barely snow). Hope you’re all keeping warm!

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