For my high school home-ec class we were told to go to the fabric shop and pick out the pattern and fabric of our choice. Most of my classmates arrived prepared to make simple A-line skirts and pillowcases, but I chose a pattern for a fully lined pea coat and 3 yards of synthetic blue fur (yup!). The project may have been a little ambitious (and weird!), but I learned so much more about garment sewing than I ever would have with an easier pattern, and I loved it!
Since then, I’ve approached every project I make as both an opportunity to create and to learn. With clear and concise instructions, Merchant & Mills’ lovely Union Dress pattern offered both! It included my first Henley-style neckline, lots of topstitching practice, and techniques for the perfect dart.
This classic dress looks just right in Purl Soho’s new Watercolor Linen. Soft, cool, and drape-y, I’ll be wearing my Union Dress all season, and for next season… definitely synthetic fur! –Corinne
- 2 – 3 1/4 yards of fabric. We used Purl Soho’s Watercolor Linen, 58-60 inches wide, in Rose Quartz.
- Two 110-yard spools of Gutermann’s Cotton Sewing Thread to coordinate with the fabric. We used color 1240.
- Seven 3/8 – 1/2-inch buttons. We used 2 packages of Purl Soho’s Small Mother of Pearl Buttons.
- 1/4 yard Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
- The Union Dress pattern from Merchant & Mills
(all measurements are shown in inches)
The model is wearing size 8.
The Union Dress pattern from Merchant & Mills is available for purchase here.