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Summer Sewing Challenge - Express Yourself in Linen

Ruffled Frill in Red and Orange.

Dress side and left pocket detail

I used red and orange linen as the fabrics in the Dress.  all the ruffles and flowers were made by taking a circle of fabric with about 8 inch diameter and cutting the spiral strips out of the circle, thus no gathering was done to create the ruffles. ruffles were sewn about 1/8 from the edges of the arm and neck line, and along the seams. Left over strips were gathered and sewn on stabilizer in a spiral manner to make the flowers.  Glass buttons were placed in the center of each flower.  no ruffle strips were spliced, they were all overlapped in order to add just the right amount of extra frill. I was excited to create this garment because I have never sewn with linen before this.

The double ruffles around the pockets created a wonderful accent that surprised me. I think Ill definitely sew with linen again in the future. 

To cut the circles I used Olfa’s Rotary Circle cutter, sewed the inner and outer edges of the strips i would cut and then cut between the sewn lines.  This created spiral strips with all finished edges. I used Martelli’s pivot rotary cuttign table to cut between the seems in circles (turning as i cut). This method created really fast ruffles and flowers.

The edges under the ruffles are completely finished, but the theme of the garment was the relaxed edges of the ruffles, which add a calming sense of ragged fringe! 

Pattern used was McCall’s 5655.


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  1. quiltmom | | #1

    I love the ruffles and flowers (on linen--I can't believe it). I especially like the back. What a wonderful summer dress--that would be perfect in Florida where I live. The dress has a young flamboyant flare to it.

    And it's so "un-linen like". hooray.

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    kellyhogaboom | | #2

    Yes - this dress is living breathing proof that linen dresses don't have to be "sack-like" in any way! This is a vibrant dress that wants to go to a party! Good job.

  3. Iabou | | #3

    Thanks for the compliments guys! I think this dress gave me a new way to look at linen now!

  4. anandad | | #4

    very nice color combination and style of dress. love the flower details!

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    ghis | | #5

    Now really Iabou,this is in no way saying that your work is not good,but to me the dress looks more like a western costume for a yahou party.You look so good and slim please be careful in the mix of color and the choice of color regarding you skin tone and the color of your hair.Iam truly sorry to tell you this but I find that for such a good looking young lady like yourself,you could go with a little more subdued palet or range of hues.Also with a figure like you have this totally hides it.Show it off while you have it,but in a simpler manner so it is you that we see and not just the dress Ghis

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