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Linen Dress from Japanese Pattern Book – Revisited

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I finished the linen dress I posted about a week or so ago and have worn it out two times in the last week. I must really like it. In fact I quite love it despite the fact that it’s not completely perfect. It’s flattering, comfortable, and best of all, it’s casual yet so much cuter than my typical/tired ‘jeans and a tee’ couture. Excuse the wrinkles in the photos, the dress has been washed three times now without any ironing. I don’t do irons (unless I’m sewing, in which case I do reluctantly press almost every seam even though I don’t enjoy it).

I acquired a few more skills with this dress. First, I had to alter it around the chest because my big ol’ bosoms were causing a huge gape at the arm, so I successfully added a dart to each side. The only problem this caused for me is the arm opening became a little wonky where the dart was added, but since my arms cover the affected area I’m not worried about it. I think it would be easier to simply make a new dress than to remove the bias binding and fix it – I don’t even know how I would fix it. You can see that it’s kind of funky looking in the pic below, and one side is a little worse than the other. Disclaimer: I really don’t know anything about adding darts, other than that they should probably be symmetrical. I may have done mine completely wrong, but since the dress fits, I’m happy.


Something else new – I finished the bottom with a blind hem on my sewing machine using my special blind hem foot. I did a pretty good job with it but again, the hem isn’t 100% perfect. For the most part, the stitches on the right side of the fabric are small enough that you can’t see them, the way they are supposed to be. There are a few stitches that are a tad too large, but it’s nothing that anybody else will be able to see.


You will have to trust that the dress looks better on me than on the dress form, but I haven’t had time to get decent pictures of me modeling it. Hey, it’s on my list.


Written by sewfussy

July 29, 2007 at 3:35 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Very cute!! I too just learned how to do a blind hem. It’s a wonderful thing lol


    July 29, 2007 at 5:58 pm

  2. Now get a pic with it on!
    Looks very comfy~I like where the darts are!


    July 30, 2007 at 2:24 am

  3. I totally agree with Pam! Let’s see a pic of your hotness wearing that dress. Indeed it looks comfortable mama!! And yes, the darts look darn near perfect!


    July 30, 2007 at 4:27 am

  4. […] I am wearing my part machine-sewn, part sewn-by-hand linen dress in the photos, in case you didn’t […]

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