Aloha and thank you for your comments on the last dress. I ended up wearing it last week for a fun day at the Maui Ocean Center with the kids and some new friends I met here at one of the local beaches.
Do you have a pattern that you like to make over and over again? Simplicity 9503 is one of those for me. It's not particularly fashionable, and it may in fact it may be too youthful for me. But something about this jumper I just like. It's not really a style I'd want to wear out and about, but I love to wear it at home. So here I've made it again, although this is the first time you are seeing it on my blog. A nice feature is the racer back style. The straps don't fall off your shoulders. There is a zipper on the side, so that you have a flattering A-line shape on the skirt.
Every version has been made with a linen or linen blend and this one is no exception. I found this linen at FFC. It has blue, white and mint green woven through it. It's a very easy pattern and a great one for beginners. Although I'm not too sure how many people would choose to make it. I had a little fun with stacking two buttons together for the straps. Instead of inserting a lapped zipper I inserted an invisible one. This is a perfect pattern for practicing topstitching. Unfortunately you can't see it very well on my version, because the linen has a lot of white thread running through it. Linen can also be a little ripply on the edges, so I actually didn't want to draw attention to the topstitching. But if this were made out of say, a cotton twill, topstitching would look great!
The inside is finished with facing, but because the facing is wide, it stays put.
Two dresses & an early morning garden
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