I did a little bit of sewing for my Mum as part of my Christmas gift to her. I’ve sewn the Style Arc Adeline dress for her twice before (you can see the previous versions here and here). It’s a style that Mum really likes, so I sewed it again!
This time I used crinkle linen from The Cloth Shop. To my eye, in real life it’s actually more blue than grey, but I’m not sure what colour it will look like on your computer monitor.
I sew size 16 in this pattern for Mum, without any alteration. When I sew it for myself I shorten the pattern a bit, but Mum prefers more length. She’s around my height nowadays, but used to be a couple of inches taller than me.
I really like the wide facing on the curved hemline. It provides stability and to me is a fabulous style. The pockets are also terrific in this solid colour.
I’ve sewn this so often that there isn’t much more for me to say about the construction. Construction was shared between the overlocker and the sewing machine. I ensure that I use quality interfacing on the neckline and hem facings, and make sure that I use a gazillion pins to hold the facings where they should be before topstitching, which is especially important on this crinkly fabric.
I really like the way that the neckline sits too. It stays nice and close to the body. As you’ve probably figured out by now, Mum and I have quite similar body shapes, although she’s more busty than I am. The styles that work well on Mum tend to work well on me, and vice versa.
Feedback is that this is a very comfortable dress to wear in this very hot summer. I think that the fabric choice was perfect – the crinkles in the linen allow for movement and comfort, while the fibre keeps you cool. I love it when a dress that I sew works so well for the recipient! I think that I’ve now sewn six Adeline dresses. Oh my!