Tom & Linda Platt for Vogue Patterns V1878
Lightweight 100% Linen from my stash
I fell in love with V1878 when it was released last year. In fact, I’ve collected most of Tom & Linda Platt’s designs for Vogue Patterns because I appreciate their clean, classic lines. This dress provided an interesting variation on my go-to summer favorite: shoulder princess seamed Butterick B6850 (formerly McCall’s M7352).
Fitting Notes: This dress pattern has princess seams, but alterations were a little easier than usual, owing to the shaped neck band. I adjusted the neck band for my uneven and forward shoulders. The dress pieces I adjusted for full bust, short waist, and sway back. (For some reason, my usual high round back alteration was not necessary with this design.)
Construction Notes: The fabric is a lightweight linen from my stash, unlined for hot summer days to come. Instead of the top stitched seams in the pattern instructions, I constructed the dress with flat felled seams so that it would be smooth inside. I hand picked the zipper, and hand prickstitched the facing so that it would not be visible on the right side. The handkerchief hem was a perfect opportunity to use the narrow machine hem described in Susan Khalje’s book, Linen and Cotton. Overall, I’m pleased with this make, and happy to give it its first outing on Mother’s Day!