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Sunday 3 May 2020

DIY Linen Summer Dress - a Mini Tutorial

Julia Bobbin - DIY Linen Summer Dress

It's a summer dress! Just in time for winter in Australia!

I made this dress when the weather was still nice, and it got a LOT of wear, let me tell you!
It's comfy, it's pretty, and it can be dressed up or thrown over bathers; it's a win-win!

Julia Bobbin - DIY Linen Summer Dress

The Fabric

I used the 'linford grape/ washed linen from Tessuti Fabrics.
It's a light weight (110gsm) vintage washed linen that feels like you're wearing nothing!

Julia Bobbin - DIY Linen Summer Dress


This was such a quick and easy make that I hacked using a camisole pattern and you can too!

The Bodice
Grab a cami pattern that you have tried and used in your stash!
I used The Misty Cami from Sew Altered Style and eliminated the centre front seam by cutting it on the fold.

Find the waistline on the pattern and mark draw a line to mark it. Cut out a bodice front and back from the waistline mark upwards.

Construct the bodice as per the pattern instructions, leaving the waist unfinished.

The Skirt
The skirt part of the dress is two long rectangles that have been gathered and attached in tiers.

SWIPE the photos below to see the mini tutorial below on how to draft the skirt:

The Hem
To add to the relaxed look of the linen, I machine stitched along the hem circumference, 1.5cm from the raw edge. I then frayed the edges up to the seam-line.

Final Thoughts

This was a quick and easy make and such a great addition for a warmer climate. I can definitely see me making more of these dresses for next summer!

Julia Bobbin - DIY Linen Summer DressJulia Bobbin - DIY Linen Summer Dress

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