Amanda vs Hinterland Dress

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.

The Deets

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

Size: 16

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!


  1. 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! 😀

  2. 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!

      • 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!:)))


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