Summer is officially in full swing and so is my Summer sewing. I’ve made the Vikisews Annelle sundress in a lovely coffee and stone linen viscose blend with my upcoming Greek holiday in mind. When it’s hot I prefer cool unlined linen and ideally no fabric around my upper back because I just melt otherwise (my inner thermostat simply doesn’t function right these days…I’m sure some of you must know what I mean 😉 )
As I said my fabric is a linen blend and I bought it from Patterns and Plains. It has stylised tulip shapes on it which I love and it’s got quite a bit of weight to it with a lovely slubby texture, perfect for the bit of structure needed for the Annelle dress.
The pattern itself is a fairly simple one. There’s a back a front and two straps and you simply pop it on over your head. The design is meant to have a full lining, but as my fabric is weighty and I need to be as cool as possible, I chose to leave it unlined and cut myself a facing pattern for the upper edges at the front and back. It’s easy enough to do this, I simply traced off the outline of the top edges which already have the seam allowances and then I measured down about 2-3″. I also added interfacing to these pieces.
Pattern Adjustments For The Vikisews Annelle Sundress:
Actually, I didn’t need to do much for this pattern. My main takeaway from this design is that the armholes and back are cut reasonably low, which is fine if you are going braless but for me, a bra is a must so I made my dress bra-friendly by raising up those side and back areas (PS I also added little lingerie straps with poppers to anchor the straps to my bra).
To create the new raised seam line I used a pattern drafting curve to draw a line from the corner of the upper dress edge and raised the underarm area up to suit myself. I think my new underarm line was up about an inch or so by the time I reached the side seam. I then carried that raised line along on the upper edge of the back as well.
Overall this dress was a really pleasurable make with no hassles. And I want to give a big shoutout to the wonderful drafting of the straps…why? you might ask, aren’t they just a long straight strip of fabric? No, no they’re not. There’s a shoulder seam and the short front piece of the strap has a very subtle curve so that the whole thing sits on my shoulders beautifully. Such a thoughtful piece of drafting but a big impact on fit. I also love that there’s a bust dart.
This linen dress feels wonderful to wear and I couldn’t be more happy with it.
More linen to share next time so do pop back again.
See you soon!