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



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(all measurements are shown in inches)

The model is wearing size 8.


The Union Dress pattern from Merchant & Mills is available for purchase here.