Long Floral Linen Dress

Long Floral Linen Dress

Posted by Helen | August 20, 2018 | My Makes
Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet

I do not want clothes to touch my body in the summer heat. When it is hot out and I know I’ll be sweating buckets, the last thing I need is a defined waist! This dress has been on my mind for the past couple months as the temperature rises, and I finally hit my breaking point. Drape me in linen! Let my body breathe!

Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's ClosetLong Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet

I scored this gorgeous linen print on my trip to Thailand this past March. IΒ almost didn’t buy it because it is so loud, but then I remembered that summer Helen loves loud prints! I knew this fabric would have its place in my summer wardrobe, and I have not seen a linen print quite like this before.

Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's ClosetLong Floral Linen Dress by Helen's ClosetLong Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet

The dress is self-drafted (put your pattern requests in the comments!) and it is basically my dream summer style. Slightly A-line, with wide straps to cover my bra straps, and a midi length + side slit. Dress perfection! I could waltz around in this dress all day and feel like a million bucks. The print also feels really cheerful and vibrant to me, something that (hopefully) will make others smile!

Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet

We took these photos in an amazing shared garden that my aunt and her partner are a part of. The garden is on their land share, and they maintain and care for it with their 4 other land partners. We had the pleasure of staying with them for a few days this summer and gobbling up their raspberries, blueberries, and cukes! The garden is a true inspiration and a really gorgeous place for a photoshoot. This dress was made for barefoot berry-picking!

Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet Long Floral Linen Dress by Helen's Closet

I have been loving this dress and feel like it is a garment that I can wear for years to come. The simple design works so beautifully with the bold fabric and you can’t go wrong with linen in the summer heat!


Blog Comments

It looks lovely on you Helen! I would love it if you released this as a pattern πŸ™‚

Thanks Kim!

This dress looks really good on you. I love that you can wear a normal bra with it and have the straps covered. I agree that the shape is great for the hotter days of summer, too. All the linen! All the bright prints! πŸ™‚

Thanks Lisa! I love a cheerful print!

What a terrific summer dress, Helen. I love the modest square neckline with the flirty side slits! I also see lots of potential for fun hacks and personalization. If you release this as a pattern (yes, please!), I hope you will consider including an option for a full hemline/slit facing with mitered corners. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Great idea, Jocelyn! A hem facing with mitered corners would really elevate this.

You look gorgeous in that dress, and the fabric is perfect for hot summer days! Yes, please make a pattern for us!

Thanks Terri!

You’re right Helen this dress is perfect for these hot summer days and that print on linen! I’m all agog for it πŸ™‚ I love linen….well really I LOVE linen πŸ™‚ I have 2 patterns cut out on my sewing table now in linen – one is the Endless Summer Tunic which is one of my favourite patterns and an antique Kwik Sew 2716 which looks a LOT like yours except the neckline is round. I have the Claudia by Tessuti winging its way to me now which also is similar to yours except yours has the wider straps to hide the bra straps and I like that. I was planning on making a few – that look with a Tee under this style coats my Pinterest board. I think you should make this pattern available for sure πŸ™‚ It can be made up for summer or winter with a long sleeve bodycon Tee and leggings. It’s perfect!

OOO, this would look great with a tee or bodysuit under it, too! Great idea!

This dress is so lovely, Helen! It’s such a nice, flowy shape. I love the side slits and that the straps are wide enough to cover bra straps. Count me in as another vote to make this a pattern eventually!

Thanks Teri! I hope it will be a pattern next year!

I love the modest neckline. I need a bra at all times and it’s a pain with lots of summer strappy dresses. Add pockets and this is the perfect summer dress!

Agreed! I totally skipped the pockets but kinda wish I had just done it. Then it would truly be perfect!

Absolutely! But next time….. πŸ˜‰

I love your dress!
Linen is so comfortable in the summer.
I love a bold print!
I really like the fit around the armscye on this dress, I’d be happy to wear a similar one!

Thank you!

That looks like summer “dress-ing” perfection! I love the shape, the wide shoulder straps & the fabric! Yes please, share your pattern!

Thanks Shonnie!

Really cute dress! Hope you make a pattern!

Thanks Catty!

This really ticks the boxes for me: square neck, loose but not tent like, wide straps, beautiful armscye. I would love to see it in a tunic length option as well. Pattern pretty please with sprinkles!

Thanks Shari! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves a good square neckline and wide straps!

what a great fabric! I feel the same way about clothes in the summer.

It’s perfect! Linen is my fabric of choice & I embrace that rumpled but comfy look all year round. I’m not comfortable yet printing patterns at home, so would appreciate it if pre-printed pattern would be available!

Thanks Jean! I love that you embrace linen all year round! I plan to do the same πŸ™‚

That looks beautiful on you! And I love the peaceful surroundings.

Thanks Michelle!

Lovely. I would buy this pattern were you to release it. Maybe in time for next summer? πŸ˜‰

I hope so!

I really like this dress. It reminds me of a sundress I made probably 40 years ago. I would love to have a pattern; I am not very good at drafting. Fabric is wonderful! I can always get behind or into a nice linen and the print is son perfectly summery.

Thanks Lisa! I will have to make a pattern just so I can make 10 more dresses!

Yes please make a pattern. It’s the perfect flowing shape for this heat! A very beautiful linen!

Thanks Barb!

I would dust off my sewing machine if you published this pattern.

Haha, that is a vote of confidence, for sure!

The best summer dress I have seen in years. I love the style, length, and just eveything about it.

Thanks Deb!

This is such a great dress! I would definitely do that for next next summer. Pattern please!!!

Thanks Laura!

This is a great summer dress. Please publish this pattern. I have just the big, summery print that has been looking for a great pattern like this. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Jill! It is such a great design for those big prints!

Love the dress! Yes! New pattern please!

omg love this dress just perfect for summer heat. Would def like the pattern πŸ™‚

I would be interested if you released this pattern also

I would be interested, if it’s sized large enough to fit an apple shape. I’m not comfortable altering patterns

Love, love, love it. I can never find dresses in this style because of my bust size. Honestly, Helen, every time you draft something I come one step closer to trying out sewing again!

I’ve just discovered your blog, what an exciting place! I LOVE everything about this dress, its my idea of a perfect hot-weather dress too, I love that it can be worn with a normal bra, I love the shape and I love it in that amazing linen print! I would totally love to make it too, another call for the pattern please πŸ™‚

I love this dress would love the pattern if you ever make one to sell I am a 22-24 size so find it really hard to get loose summer clothing

Yes please to the pattern – it’s perfect!!

Yes please to making this pattern available to buy – it’s just perfect for summer!!

You make a pattern of this design … I’ll buy it

Gorgeous dress, Helen! Perfect for the heatwave we’ve had this summer here in Vancouver! If you do release the pattern I will definitely snatch it up! Do you think it would work in a slightly heavier fabric so I could have a dress shirt or sleeves under it? I am thinking this could be adorable as fall outfit!

I went hunting through your post to see what the pattern was called… so this is definitely my pattern request. Beautiful dress!

I see what you mean about unusual for a linen – if I just saw the print, not on fabric, I would assume it was intended for a rayon or something synthetic, but the vibrancy works so well with the linen texture.

HooHoo Helen, “next” summer is here already, when will you launch the pattern for this great Sundress?
:-)) impatiently waiting in hot germany

Thank you for your patience! I am sorry to say that this will not be released this summer. We decided to finish Ashton and then the new size range is our priority. I do hope to release this one day! I still love to wear it!

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