Not going to lie, I was super excited when By Hand London released the Flora pattern. I love the look of the wrap bodice and the gigantic skirt – I just had to have it.
I was just about to click the “Purchase” button when my brother asked me what I wanted for my birthday (the next day – he’s nothing if not organised). We were both out of ideas, so he just paid for the pattern. Heh, works for me!
Despite my initial insane enthusiasm for this dress (you know, when blogland is taken over by pretty versions of the same dress and all of a sudden I MUST HAVE IT NOW), this sat for a while before I made it up. Life, etc.
The fabric is from The Fabric Store in Fortitude Valley. Man, I love that place. They carry such beautiful fabrics, it’s a real step up from the stores I generally frequent on the Gold Coast! This is from the remnant bin – $18 for 2m of gorgeous royal blue linen. This is one of my favourite colours to wear. It suits me, I know it suits me and I love it. Perfect, easy. So it was a no brainer I zeroed in on this one!
Despite the lovely outer fabric, I lined this dress with a questionable synthetic-something from the op shop. In hindsight, cotton would have been better, but I was out of that at the time.
This sewed up nice and easily. My muslin fit pretty much spot on – my actual dress is a bit baggy through the underarms and bodice. One of these days I’ll learn to fit properly. Maybe.
Leveling the hem was an absolute nightmare. Loose(ish) weave fabric plus a circle skirt leads to some very challenging times!
It took Mum and I forever and I’m not even sure it’s entirely straight, but I’m kind of past the point of caring right now. The dress is hemmed! Moving on with my life!
It’s kind of tainted the whole experience though – hemming took 3 weeks to get around to, then 2 days of back and forthing with measuring and pins and asking mum “Is it straight yet?”. So I forgot what a breeze the rest of construction was and just focused on the hemming hell.
Looking at the photos though, I absolutely adore this dress.
It’s a bit more crumpled and casual than I’d planned (because, duh, it’s linen Laura) but it’s gorgeous. I love the colour, I love the style. I even love that it’s a bit loose around the bodice – I like the way that works with the fabric.
The only thing I’m not 100% sure on is the neckline – it’s a bit more low cut than I usually wear and I think it will take a bit of getting used to.
I’ll probably make this again, but not for a while and definitely in a nice easy cotton!