Summery Linen Coordinates

After wearing my first Anita top by République du Chiffon over and over, I made a second, and this time, I also made a skirt to accompany it.

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I’ve always loved the coordinating possibilities sewing brings to the table, even if (especially if) things get a little kitschy. This set can be worn together, and each piece can be worked around separately. Overall, there are many ways to wear the top and skirt.

For this set, I aimed to keep it simple (at least, my kind of simple!). Both top and skirt are easy garments to create. Neither piece required much cutting, nor sewing. For the fabric, I used a great linen from Blackbird fabrics. I lined top and skirt in cotton voile for comfort and opacity.

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Of the two pieces, the skirt took more work. I developed this pattern myself. This included drafting a yoke piece (a maneuver based on dart manipulation), a curved waistband, and a rectangle for the gathered bottom tier. I originally had a plans for a midi length skirt, but when paired with the top, the length didn’t suit the look. I cut off 20cm from the original skirt length. Although it is drafted from my custom block, the end result could fit closer to waist. Ill-fitting skirts are a reoccurring problem around here. I can make coats and jeans but a simple skirt always seems to come out too big! I tried to make sure this skirt was close enough to my waist. It nevertheless twists out of place after a few hours of wearing.

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As for the overall look, I’m hot and cold. The ensemble doesn’t fully respond to my imagined idea. But, as I write that, I’m no longer sure what exactly I had in mind. There are many things I enjoy about the set. It adds to my separates collection. The fabric is great. Whether it be the color, the print, or the texture, I appreciate many of its qualities! It is, of course, a whimsical summer outfit. As soon as it was ready, I happily spent the day in it. It certainly has the wearability I intended to create.

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While I have few doubts on its versatility and popularity among my handmades, it lacks something it it’s style and it’s shape. Perhaps, I am simply unfamiliar with wearing this type of wrinkly linen. It is especially casual, too, and that might have something to do with my current thoughts. These reservations are ultimately superficial. Pleased to have created this set, I can see myself reaching for it on the warmest of days.

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8 thoughts on “Summery Linen Coordinates

  1. Jess this is a wonderful version of the top and your self drafted skirt. I want to make the top and downloaded the pdf. My grew up in Sask French is sketchy. But I understand how to do everything except the armholes. They refer to the Michelle jacket on the blog which I looked st and it still doesn’t make sense. Wondered how you finished the armholes.

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    1. Thank you! 😊 Its true that the armhole finishing can be tricky at first. I’ll try my best to explain it: reach into the opening you’ve left in the lining (on the inner side seam of the Anita top), pinch together the inside seam allowances for the main fabric and lining. Then, pull the fabric (the two armhole seams allowances you are holding together) out through the lining opening. At this point you sew from the shoulder seam to the side seam on one side of the armhole opening. After you have to let go of the fabric and pinch the other (still unsewn) side of the armhole. Repeat the process of pulling out the fabric from the armhole seam allowances, but this time from the other side of the armhole. You finally sew the same way from the shoulder to side seam. So instead of sewing the side seam in one swoop (from side seam around the armhole back to the side seam) you sew in two swoops, half the armhole then the other half. Hope this helps!

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      1. Thanks Jess! Between the French I wasn’t quite catching and the pictures (I’m one who sees better from diagrams) I missed the leave a side seam partly open. Thanks so much. I’m going to try an FBA on it too! Did you under stitch or top stitch anything on yours?

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  2. I mean, I see the casual – but definitely upscale casual. Like the perfect outfit for a picnic on a private island, for example. It also frames the tattoo on your back in a lovely way!

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