Sunday, July 14, 2013

Linen and Butterflies

Finished!  And thank you to everyone for commiserating over my car woes - a good night's sleep can make a world of difference!

Even with the long sleeves, this frock is deliciously cool – it is the perfect thing to wear in the ridiculous heat.  And because the arms are covered, it works very well in an air conditioned office building.

I am always reading novels that describe persnickety characters whose linen clothing does not wrinkle.  How do they manage to get the clothes on without creating a few creases?  Have you ever met one of these individuals?

The cotton content in this linen blend does help a bit with the wrinkling.  But I actually like the semi lived-in look that a few wrinkles give to a linen garment.

And I am still in love with the print.

There are very few butterflies to be found around my apartment.  However, there are always numerous hummingbirds buzzing about on our morning walks.  I guess I should try to find a bird print!

I am quite sure that I will be using this sheath pattern to make myself another dress!  There are a few ideas banging around in my head, one or two of which include fabric already in my stash.  I see an altered neckline, and a different sleeve, and all sorts of minor alterations to the original design. 

Basic patterns sometimes create a never ending stream of inspiration!  

Dress:  Made by me, McCalls 5106
Earrings:  Banana Republic
Shoes:  Liz Claiborne


  1. So very pretty! I love the fullness in those sleeves.

  2. I read recently somewhere in blog-land that if you pre-soak your linen dress in water for a couple of hours and let it soak up lots of water before putting it into the washing machine, then it shouldn't wrinkle as much.
    Lovely dress.

  3. What a lovely dress it turned out to be! I just adore the sleeves! Marvelous work. :)

  4. Oh, Laura Mae, you look so lovely!! What a beautiful dress and the long sleeves really up the elegance factor. Looking forward to seeing more beautiful versions.

  5. Love it. It has sort of a Japanese lean to it. The belt looks Obi inspired.

  6. Such a very stylish dress! Gorgeous.

  7. Splendidly pretty dress - I love the classic elegance of the design coupled with the joyful sweetness of the butterflies.

    ♥ Jessica

  8. It came out great, I knew it!

  9. I took a sewing class where the teacher gave us his trick for wrinkle-free linen: underline the whole garment in silk organza. I haven't tried it, but the trousers he showed us did look sharp.

  10. Absolutely lovely--thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh I love this fabric, it's so beautiful ♥