Getting all dressed up my linen look penny saving dress!

Dressing up when the seasons are changing isn’t easy. Do I need sleeves; long or short? Do I need layers? What length of skirt? So many questions! But, I think this September I’ve found my perfect dress to go out and celebrate my birthday and it feels so dressed up and extra special. This month I’m sharing why I love this dress and why you should go and make one yourself...

This beautiful hot pink Fabric copies a linen so well but it’s easier to care for and it’s incredible value too. It’s available in three colourways and I went for the pink as I’m hanging onto Summer just a little longer.

This year I was looking to make a dress that ticked all the boxes. I wanted a well constructed bodice and floaty skirt with a cute feature in a drapey fabric (after having a baby recently), I wanted a gorgeous fitted vintage style dress. I found Simplicity 8137 and loved that the wrap dress had this pretty tie bow front and was for woven fabric. I think there is a shortage of wrap dresses in wovens so I felt pretty excited to make this one up. I also never fail with a Simplicity pattern.

The pattern is really good value as it has two dress options plus a peplum top and trousers.

I made view B in a size 10. I used 2.5 metres of fabric to make a dress a few inches below my knee (26” length). Note the model for this dress is very tall so my advice is to measure the skirt length before you cut.

The two piece front bodice with the curve over the bust created such a fabulous shape. The pattern had a ‘50s feel to it. I love that these curved lines follow through from the bodice to two pleats on the skirt at front and the back with a functional wrap tie breaking up the lines. The first time I put this one, I felt like this dress is special. You know, that I made a beautiful dress feeling?

I loved the back view with a fitted bodice and a flaired skirt and a cap sleeve. Making this dress in linen look fabric meant that it didn’t shed like a linen and was easier to press. It didn’t crease when I wore the dress and my dress looked as a fresh after a few hours wear as it did when I put it on.

Let’s talk about the wrap fastenings, I did change the design by adding an internal button on the waistband. I also added a snap at the cross over instead of just above the waistband. I chose to wear the dress with a cami underneath as it felt too low for me, but that personal taste.

I lined the bodice with a light pink taffeta lining fabric as I think sometimes it’s better to line a few tones off than trying to get the perfect match.

I wore my pink of pink dresses with silver and pink accessories and took a cardi out with me just in case the weather turned. This dress would look great made with a longer sleeve or a skater style shorter skirt.

I now need to raise a glass to a dress that makes you feel fabulous and to the fabric that costs less than £20! With the fabric in three colourways, I could make a dress for Winter and Spring too!

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond!