You know that one thing in your closet that only comes out when you know for sure spring is here for real? The garment that says, Hello, sunshine. I missed you. The item that waits patiently all year for its seasonal debut on a day so hot, two-minute downpours are greeted with open arms. This patch pocket linen dress has become that for me.
I made it at the end of last summer just when I was getting my sewing groove back. The faux floral, watercolor-y look of the fabric (and the 40% off sign) seduced me to the cutting counter at Joann’s where I found it. They always have a great selection of linen that I do my part to make a dent in every season.
With my go-to princess seam bodice (Simplicity 2648) and dirndl skirt (McCall’s 6503) patterns, I managed to sew a drama-free dress when my skills were still rusty. Well, there was a bit of drama when I sewed the side seams of the skirt, forgetting the in-seam pockets I’d cut out. The white stitching thread blended into the fabric like it was part of the weave and any attempt at unpicking the seams caused instant whatthafuckery and angst. After a couple of deep breaths of acceptance, though, I improvised a set of lined patch pockets for the front of the skirt.
The neckline and armholes are lined with ready-made bias binding and the rest of the seams are overlocked. Simple construction for a simple day dress whose job is to accessorize an already gorgeous spring or summer day. With a belted cardigan (I have at least three that match!), the dress can goes from picnic-ready to office-ready. With sneakers and a denim jacket, I’m ready for a day of local site-seeing.
The sun is no longer playing hard to get, we’ve had our first week of 60 degree plus weather, and everything is blooming. I like to think that me and my patch pocket linen dress are the welcoming committee.
What do you wear to kick off the warm weather season?