If you’ve been following my Instastories lately, you know my life now revolves around this mustard color. It’s truly my new black. So as I searched Moodfabrics.com for a linen fabric and came across this medium weight mustard linen, it was truly a no-brainer. But buying linen online can be pretty tricky because, despite the description, no linen is created equal. With my fingers crossed I opened my shipment and was over the moon excited. This linen is perfect! It’s soft with a bit of structure making it perfect for jackets and pants as well as skirts that require movement. The fact that it comes in 21 shades is simply a bonus.
The lining used was this mustard lining.
This jacket was made using McCalls M5938 with the following pattern alterations:
- Squared the hem and the pockets
- Removed the two flank seams from the back of the pattern and added darts (personal preference)
- Removed the slit from the back of the pattern (personal fit preference)
- Added 1″ to the width of the lapel
- Didn’t attach the collar to the lapel to create a stand-up collar
- Removed the button from the sleeve
- Removed the button from the front
- Used the skirt only pattern pieces
- Removed 3″ from the length
- Added 4″ to the length of both hem ruffles
- Added a 1.5″ waistband
- Added the two wrap ties originally for the dress to the skirt waist band
- FYI don’t adjust the length of the ruffles due to shortening the skirt, keeping the length gives you a more exaggerated ruffle.
- Attach the ruffle by pleating it to the skirt
Chandlers dress was made using vintage Simplicity 8597 with the following pattern alterations:
- Added the skirt to the bodice by pleating
- Added the ruffle to the skirt by gathering