Me Made May: A Perfect Summer Dress

3 May 2023

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Hinterland Dress

One of my favourite summer makes is a sleeveless #HinterlandDress by Sew Liberated, and this specific version, with its abstract print and bright, high-contrast colours, is in constant rotation once the warm weather hits! The Hinterland is a well loved pattern by many in the indie sewing world and is one of my personal “TNT” (tried-and-true) patterns. I have made at least six versions! This version is sewn from a mid-weight linen fabric and is a size 24 to give me quite a bit of ease because I like my casual, summer dresses to be loose and easy to wear on those extra hot days. I have also made several versions in size 22, which gives a more fitted look, particularly around the chest. Depending on the type of fabric I used, the dress can range from looking very casual (like this one) to being work appropriate and even a little dressy. The only modification I made to the pattern is to lower the bust darts by 3.25 cm (1.25 inches). The pattern comes with three different sleeve lengths: sleeveless, cap sleeve, and three-quarter sleeve. I like all three, but I do find that the cap sleeve tends to be the most versatile because it can be worn in all seasons. The pattern also has the option of adding full or half button plackets down the front of the dress. I have made one version with the half button placket but soon realized I prefer the simplicity of the placket-free look—and besides, it makes for a faster sew, which is always so gratifying!

Photo by Rebecca Godderis.

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About Rebecca Godderis

Rebecca Godderis (she/her) is a bi/queer feminist sewist and academic. She was taught to sew at a young age by her mom, and then took a long break to focus on her academic career studying gender, health, social justice and community building. She rediscovered her love of sewing in her 30s when she began making her own clothes that were full of colour and actually fit her body! As she continues to embrace the joy of sewing, she is expanding her making beyond garments to include quilting and other textile art and needlework. You can find her on Instagram @im_in_my_studio.

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