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Fashion Focus: Patterns for Linen Fabrics

So here we are with Part the Second of the two-part blog on linen.  I've had a lot of fun finding patterns for linen fabric (who doesn't like designing and redesigning dresses for themselves even if it just in your head??).  I created a board on Pinterest on this topic and you can see everything I found here.  Below I'll show what I consider to be the best of the best.

Vogue 8755
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There's a lot to love about this dress/tunic.  It's nice and simple and I can picture wearing it with flip flops to the park with my kids or with heels to work or out to dinner.  Linen's crispness would really show off the subtle waist pleats and you could do some nice topstitching or decorative stitching around the bodice seams.  You could use different fabrics and color-block the dress in a couple of different ways.  I like the idea of a tangerine orange fabric for the side bodice and skirt pieces, and some sort of purple for the V (yes, I've still got that color combination on my mind!). Janet Dress

I recently found this Australian pattern company and I love their designs.  I think this dress would work well with a soft linen.  I love how tailored it looks with the fitted bodice and A-line skirt.  Again, you could mix it up with some color-blocking or topstitching, but I think it would look great with a plain solid or a simple print.  Although it would be fun to make the basque waist piece a different color (and if I made it for myself, I'd probably go darker to give the illusion of actually having a waist!).

Simplicity 2651
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I like the neckline on this one and the tie belt but I'd definitely have to lose the breast pockets.  That just looks odd.  I can picture this with a twill pencil skirt and flats.

Indygo Junction Chinois Coat

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What a fun spring coat!  I haven't always been drawn to the swing coat look but I'm coming around to the style and this coat could push me over the edge.  This design would also work with home dec weight fabrics and there are some Joel Dewberry home dec prints that would look just lov-er-ly. 

I think the Vogue 8755 dress is calling me and I picked up some teal-blue linen on clearance that would work.  Unless I find that perfect orange/purple linen combo!

What about you?  How do you wear linen?

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