I've been on a roll with New Look Pattern 6244 recently! If you read my last blogger network post you will have seen the video I made to show how easy it is to make a simple dress from this same pattern. After the success of that project I wanted to make another version from the pattern – style D which has 2 panels at the sides of the skirt and a tie at the front.
I have wanted to sew with this patterned linen fabric for a while and when I found this ex jaeger linen fabric that matched perfectly, I knew this was the perfect fabric combination for this pattern.

I love sewing with linen fabric. It's easy to sew with and presses like a dream. I love its texture too. The two linens are very similar in weight and both drape well, so I knew they would work really well together and well for the pattern. Before starting on the cutting out, I washed both fabrics together for two reasons. Firstly it means that any shrinkage that may occur will have happened in that first wash, so once it is sewn up and fits, it won't shrink anymore on its second wash. The second reason was that I am confident the two fabrics wash together ok and there are no issues!

The top of the dress is made with the 2 fabrics together. The plain is on the inside and the patterned on the outside. The construction of this is shown on the image below. I really like the effect this has given as the tie at the front shows little bits of the plain fabric which compliments the side panels really well.

This pattern is cut on the bias and the patterned linen has a directional print. Normally I wouldn't chose this sort of print for a pattern cut on the bias, but I thought it was 'abstract' enough to get away with it – and I think it's worked really well!

I made the whole dress in an afternoon! It was a super quick make and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It's easy enough for a beginner with a little experience and great as a quick make with lots of options for fabric choices – I think it's a really versatile pattern. As it is cut on the bias it 'skims' over any lumps and bumps well and is quite flattering! And here is the finished dress...

I am planning on wearing this to a craft trade show that we at Minerva Crafts are visiting this week, and it will definitely come with me on holidays – linen is perfect for the hot weather as it breathes well and keeps you cool.

That's all for now folks. See you next time,

Happy Crafting,

Vicki x