Real talk: I am super delighted with how this dress turned out but it during construction it got super close to looking like Amanda is wearing a picnic blanket. Eep! Actually, now I think about it that could have been awesome. I could have disguised myself as a picnic blanket, snuck into parks and ninjaed off with peep’s picnic lunches with no-one the wiser. They would call me Picnic Gal and my reign of lunch thieving terror would never end…. But I digress, I made a linen dress, worked the stripes well and have had a delightfully cute and cool summer. Huzzah!
This is the Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated. This is a super versatile pattern as there are three sleeve options, either partial or full button down plackets and inseam pockets. The fit is loose, with side bust darts and a gathered skirt with optional waist ties. It’s a great base pattern to work off and customise. For this version, I used the short sleeves, removed the front placket, included the waist ties and lopped the skirt until it sat above my knee. Viva la customise!
The fabric is a lightweight linen from The Fabric Store which I can’t seem to find on their website any longer. I had seen a bunch of striped linens on their Instagram feed and impulsively decided I needed to make a kaftan for the beach and grabbed two metres of this. The weave is a little on the loose side but it is surprisingly opaque and also ridiculously soft. Viva la linen!
Construction wise, this was an easy pattern to make up. By the time I had made all my modifications it was a front and back cut on the fold, the waist ties and the skirt. Hurrah! I managed to sew most of this up one afternoon at sewing crew with limited use of the instructions. I also used a super soft pink linen bias binding from The Fabric Store rather than make my own because I am
lazy efficient like that. I love the little pop of pink whenever I see this hanging up!
What I loved about this pattern:
- The soft and comfy fit. I am still getting used to this silhouette on me and this is a nice way to ease in as the waist ties provide some definition.
- The ease of construction. This was a delight to sew.
What I would change for next time:
- Lengthen the bodice a little. It feels a little too empire-lined on me.
- Add under bust darts. Just for a little extra shaping.
Pattern: Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Fabric: 1.5m of mystery striped linen from The Fabric Store
Notions: 1m of pale pink linen bias binding, thread
Alterations: removed placket, shortened skirt
See also: Fancy Tiger Crafts, The Real Alexis Bailey, The Doing Things Blog
I was surprised with how much I love this dress and how much I have worn it this summer. It is the perfect blend of cute and casual and has been my go to with white Chuck Taylors and a denim jacket. I loved it so much that I in fact made another one for Christmas which I will share with you soon. Viva la cute summer dresses and dresses that flare when you spin!
Alexis Bailey says
How springy and wonderful! Thanks for the shout out as well, what a joy to be amongst the other swell ladies! Love your Hinterland girl! ❤️
Thank you! I love your version–it’s so cute!
Mary Roberts says
I’ve looked at this pattern and discounted it because I hate the whole belt tied behind you thing. I was an early “victim” of this as a child with either untied or ripped off belts. Sorry, I digress. Instead of the belt could you run a 2” piece of elastic from side seam to side seam to give it shaping?
Ahh! That would totally explain a dislike of tie belts! I quite like the drama of the tie belt so have had no issue so far but I’ll keep the elastic idea in mind! 😀
Lovely, perfect breezy look. I have the pattern, material, shoes, now I need to make the dress!
Would you mind, “what size did you make”? We look a rather similar body type from your photo. And I too often need to add a bit of length in the bodice front. I am 5’4”, think you are a bit taller 5’7”?
Greatly appreciate the info and love your sunny fun blogs!
I went with the 16 for this one 🙂 And I’m 5’8″ which I generally spread to 1″ on my waist and 1″ on my thighs. Hope that helps!
Thank you for mentioning these lengthening alterations, I am 176 cm, which is 5 ft 9 as google tells me, so it is very useful info for me, I’ll be making the dress this weekend!:)))