Jen's Colour-Block (Ice-Cream Inspired!) Enzyme Washed Linen Tiered Dress
Hi I’m Jen you can find me @jenlegg_teescreatives. I am supper excited to be writing this blog for Sew Me Sunshine. I’ve always loved Harriet’s selection of fabrics and over the last few years I’ve made some beautiful clothes using it.
Browsing for ideas for this guest blog post I didn’t have a clear thought of what I wanted to make but seeing the beautiful linens next to each other on the website made me think of something I’d enjoyed eating on the same day... an ice cream... yes wouldn’t you love to have my imagination.
The one I’d eaten was vanilla and I’m more of a colour girl so I googled (like you do) and found this image of 3 ice creams . Then penny dropped with the harmonious blend of the Neapolitan ice cream.
I choose three tones of these delicious linens that I felt worked well together. Then to visualise I used the Procreate app on my iPad to see if my idea would work. I sent my proposal over to the girls at the Sew me Sunshine head quarters and they loved it.
The dress I choose was the Chloe Dress from Makyla Creates it’s a beginner pattern with sizes 6-22. I loved it on one of my sewing friends on IG, it’s such a great source of inspiration.
I made the 10/14 I had to take it in a little on the upper bodice for better fit. I also widened the straps to make it bra friendly. I still needed to wear a strapless bra so this is something I will look into hacking when I make it again. It was so easy to make. You actually join the front to the back together the end to create a long side seam line.
As an Husqvarna Ambassador I had been lucky enough to be loaned a Designer Epic 2 over the 3rd lockdown. I’ve really enjoyed adding machine embroidery elements to clothes I’ve made. I found this design I knew would be perfect for the bodice, using contrasting threads. I did have a quiver thinking was it the right thing to do but on reflection I think it blends the three colours.
The fabric is absolutely lush it worked so well for this pattern. It would work for so many more patterns. I have used the remnants for the March Dress from Helen’s Closet (still to make up so watch my grid) but I can imagine the Burnside Bibs from Sew House 7 too.
I love how these colours compliment each other. The dress feels beautiful to wear too. All we need now is sunshine, beaches and of course ice cream ...
Thank you for reading,
Thank you Jen! You can follow Jen on Instagram here.
And you can shop our enzyme washed linen here.
*Jen was provided the fabric of her choice free of charge for her blog post & she was provided with a £50 voucher as payment for her time*