Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Linen Geranium Dresses

Today I'm sharing these cute Geranium dresses I made for my two youngest girls. I used Riley Blake Linen in the colors Blush and Aqua and I used the Bouquet Tide print from the fabric line Serenade by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake as an accent fabric for the pockets.

I'd always wanted to make a linen dress using this pattern and when I had the opportunity to make a project with Riley Blake Linen I knew right away I wanted to pair the two together! Riley Blake Linen is a cotton / linen blend making it really nice for apparel or quilts. It doesn't shift the way 100% linen might.

I love making Easter dresses every year for my girls and I knew making them with this linen would make them just a little extra special.

I used linen for the lining as well. I prewashed the linen and pressed it with just a little bit of Best Press. This linen is pretty soft and not really itchy. It will get softer as it's laundered too.

I love the way the linen worked with the flutter sleeves, really soft but with some structure to them.

I know that sometimes wrinkles are a concern with linen. I, personally, don't mind a bit. And as you can see these aren't terribly wrinkled even though they have been tried on by the girls several times as well as worn for a few photos for this post. As this is a cotton / linen blend wrinkles and scratchy fabric aren't an issue.

 I think they turned out super cute! I love the few pieces of linen clothing I have ( a skirt and a dress) and I know my girls will get a lot of wear out of these sweet dresses.

I love working with linen. I always keep natural linen in my stash for my small projects and quilts. Do you enjoy working with linen? cotton/linen blends? What's your favorite?

Happy Sewing!

xo Erin


Little Quiltsong said...

Very sweet dresses. Love the 'Easterly' colours you chose! So pretty!

Jacque. said...

Hi Erin...those dresses are so cute! Goodness! I love the fabrics that you used...must look for it sometime soon. I have been itching to sew for myself for awhile now (sewing clothes was my passion from a very young age until I got into quilting 10 years ago).XO

Unknown said...

I think those dresses are adorable, the fabric choices are perfect. I live in Vancouver, B. C. and have not seen any Riley Blake linen cotton blends in any local shops. Would you mind telling me where you purchased yours from? If I’m able to order some I’d be delighted. Thanks, my email address is kltunnicliffe@gmail.com. Karen

Mary said...

You did a wonderful job creating the dresses.
I love the old fashioned look that you can not find in any stores now.

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