Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brown Linen Dress

I won't tell you how long ago I started this dress... but it is finally finished! Things kept going wrong, so I set it aside for several months until I wasn't angry at it anymore. I'm sure you understand!

I wanted a dress that was practical and simple. A dress that could become a wardrobe staple to replace the many jeans and slacks that I'm hoping to retire. I wanted it to be plain enough to dress up with jewelry, jackets, and sashes, while having a little bit of interest in itself in case I ever wanted to wear it alone.

I bought this pattern several years ago and have made it up once. It is simple, well fitting, and flattering to my shape:

Simplicity 4531
I found the brown linen on sale at Joann's last summer on sale. I thought it was pure linen, but I found out otherwise when I was first ironing it. Maybe that's why it was so cheap :). It is fully lined with boring brown cotton, which gives the tea-length skirt a nice swing.
I love how the neckline is high enough that I can wear the dress with or without something underneath it. I've worn it four times in the past week because it is so versatile! I will definitely be using this pattern again and highly recommend it to anyone else looking for a simple, classic jumper or dress.


Anonymous said...

That is so cute! I am trying to work up the nerve to start sewing; I'd love to make something like that.

Have you stopped wearing pants altogether? I always wear skirts/dress to church, and try to wear them most often in warm weather. In the winter I am definitely still wearing a lot of pants!

If I ever get a sewing machine, I will try to make this dress, thanks for sharing!

Jenny P. said...

Thanks! I'm moving towards skirts only, but definitely not there yet. My main motivation is that jeans just don't look good on me if they cost less than $100 (way, way, way outside of our price range) or are gym pants. Skirts and dresses are easier to fit, more flattering to my figure, and make me feel pretty.

I hope you do get the nerve to sew! It's a ton of fun. Everyone's first projects are a mess, which is why I like to use old bed sheets from Goodwill or yard sales -- pratically free fabric that it's ok to mess up.

I can recommend several easy patterns to get you started if you decide to make the jump!

Sarah Jane said...

It is absolutely adorable! You look fantastic in it, and I agree, it is very flattering and classic. I have never looked very nice in jumpers, but I do love the lines of this one. I may have to give it a try!

Oh, and I love brown! It looks like a wonderfully versatile garment!

Organizing Mommy said...

Great dress! You look like my pretty daughter! I think you too would get along fabulously! (So... when you plan your visit...)