I love linen. I’m not paid to say that, it’s just one of my all time favourite summer-time fabrics. And over the years I’ve collected a bunch of tried and true patterns which are perfect for linen and which make up the majority of my summer capsule collection. You might even recognise a few from my previous posts!
1. Cynthia shirt
The Viki Sews Cynthia shirt is in nearly every picture I took this summer in Greece. I wore it in the evening, at the beach, for the long drives between islands. I love the simplicity of it in white and it’s the perfect type of oversized—not so huge it drowns you, but big enough you feel easy breezy and chic.
2. Pamona Pants
The Anna Allen Pamona Pants make for that super classic, endlessly chic linen trouser. I wear these non-stop as soon as the weather gets warm enough and they’re a very fast sew too—never a bad thing when you’re in the summer sewing panic.
In linen, the classic McCalls M7969 is the kind of dress and top you have to stop yourself over-wearing (if there’s such a thing). It works in all situations and depending on the colour it can count as a basic or something a little more wow. I made my mum this version in blue and it’s so striking I’m desperate to make my own.
4. Darling Dress
I made the Gracie Steel Darling Dress for my first ever collaboration with Fabric Store and it’s one of things that when I wear it, someone always goes, “No way! Did you made that?”. It’s tempting to always go the floaty direction with linen, but the Fabric Store All-purpose Black Fs Signature Finish Midweight Fabric worked perfectly for this more tailored, fitted look and the princess seams are insanely flattering.
5. Hallon Dress
The Hallon Dress by Paradise Patterns occupied four of my nine most engaged with posts on Instagram last year. People love it. I love it. For heavier weight, crisper linen, I recommend View B as it requires much less fabric and has a simpler silhouette but View A is also a showstopper for lighter weights. For View A I always add in what I called a ‘boob hammock’ a few years ago and can’t rename now, but is just provides some added bust support if you need it. You can find more info here.
6. Inari Tee Top
I talked in one of my last posts about versatile patterns and the Named Inari Tee Dress is one of those. It’s actually a dress and top with sleeves, but every time I make it, I find myself making this simple, sleeveless tank version and it works with everything from jeans to skirts and it has the benefit of being a quick sew and work appropriate too.
7. Bisque Trousers
I have worn my first pair of linen Bisques Trousers by Vivian Shao Chen so many times they now have a hole in the back seam. I know it might be a bit much to have two pairs of linen trouser in my top list, but these are so flattering and a little bit more of an interesting silhouette that I couldn’t resist. I made them in the tapered leg version and they go with every single top in my summer capsule wardrobe and a few jumpers too. Shown here with the Staystitch Co September Sundress Top for a sneaky extra recommendation. It’s probably one of the sexier things I have in my collection, but sometimes life calls for a little cleavage, right?
There are so many more I could shout about, but would love to hear your favourites in the comments too.