As I was in the midst of writing my last post about the Linville pattern from Hey June I realized that just as I needed something cool and classic to wear to my grandfather's memorial dinner, Violet did as well. It needed to be simple yet classic and cool enough for super warm weather. I was under some serious time constraints and was worried about printing and cutting and sewing a new pattern up, and then it dawned on me... the Linville is not only a romper, but also a dress!
A dress whose pattern I already (for the most part) had cut out, a pattern that I already knew fit well, and a pattern that I knew Violet loved...so a Linville dress is what I made.
Of course there wasn't time to take pictures when she was wearing it all dressed up and instead we took pictures outside, after school, on a rainy day...but that's the beauty of a good dress/pattern/piece...you can wear it for a variety of occasions!
I used Carolyn Friendlander Doe fabric, which I had thought I was using for myself... and trimmed the pockets and the neckline with some cotton linen piping (though it's hard to see in the pictures) which I think gives the dress a bit more "sophistication".
And added twill tape for the drawstring to match...
Violet is thrilled with this dress!
I love that this pattern can work for both little girls, but also for those who are growing up and out (a bit) of "cutesie" things...
Though, it ended up being a tad of the short side, so next time I will surely add a bit of length to the skirt to hopefully leave more room for the instant growth spurts we seem to be having of late!
But, it works just as well with a pair of shortie/leggings/tights underneath it as well!
I really love this pattern and while I was making this dress I lamented that I wished, in fact, that this was my dress...so I'm thinking, perhaps, that I might see if I can indeed make the largest size of the pattern for me! We shall see...there will surely be more for Violet at least!