Little red dress with a big personality!

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My love of raglan sleeves and the Aeolian T-shirt Dress pattern by Pattern Fantastique continues…

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I feel so good when I’m wearing this dress.

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There is a lot of fabric in the top half of the dress (how about those sleeves?) but I think the volume is nicely balanced by the shortness of the dress.  Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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I took a leaf out of the designer’s book and sewed this version in linen.  The pattern is designed for knits, but it’s not a great leap to make it out of a woven.  The changes I made to accommodate the change in fabric type:

  • I bound the neckline
  • I folded over the bottom curve of the back facing before stitching it down
  • I included a double fold hem (more details on that later)

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I love sneaky little details on the insides of my makes.  Do you?  Any excuse to use some chambray and liberty… right?  Lizzy recently commented that I should change my blog name to Liberty Anna.  She definitely has a point!

Did you spot my labels?  My stylist designed and gave me 100 ‘Anna à la mode’ (translation: Anna in the style) labels for my birthday.  A very thoughtful gift from a non-sewing friend.

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The French language nicely leads to my next point…  French linen!  The glorious linen used for this dress was one of my precious purchases made on a Stitching Up Paris tour.  I read Liz’s blog post about her fabric/yarn shopping in Paris only weeks before we left for our overseas adventure.  Liz talked about Barbara’s personalised sewing, knitting and/or crafting tours.  Oh yes please!  I emailed Barbara and we made a time for my very own shopping adventure.

It was a fabulous afternoon of patting fabric, buying a couple of gems (like this linen) and bumping into Rachel and Julie.  It’s a small online blogging world!

Barbara was an excellent guide.  I recommend her tours without hesitation.  Now I just need to get back to Paris so I can do another.  Meanwhile, I have a little red dress with a big personality to remind me of my Paris fabric shopping adventure.  In my eyes, that’s the best kind of souvenir you can have.

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The dress is drafted to be knee length (the pattern comes with five different lengths), but I prefer my dresses to be above the knee.  I cut the dress as per the pattern and turned it over 5/8″, and then for a super deep hem, another 6″.  This is my first, but definitely not my last, super deep hem.  I think they might be a little addictive!

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Pattern:  Pattern Fantastique’s Aeolian T-shirt Dress (knee length)
Size: 
M
Fabric: 
French linen purchased in Paris
Alterations: 
Sewn in linen rather than a knit.  Created a super deep hem for an above the knee hemline

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