I like the designer, Barbara Tfank, for her ladylike dresses. To me they express a classic elegance that epitomizes the look of the 1960s. Her dresses speak of Grace Kelly’s and Jackie Kennedy’s style and panache to me. So even though my original idea was for a sheath dress and jacket in black linen, this style spoke to me even more.
Now there’s loads of black linen at the Mood NYC and LA stores and online at MoodFabrics.com. I know linen is a basic and not a flashy designer fabric BUT it is a staple in my summer wardrobe. It has been an especially busy summer meeting-wise at my job, so my black garments have seen a higher than usual wear which has caused me to become tired of them.
Because of that, I wanted a new dress for meetings at work. For this one, it’s definitely the details that were featured in the designer’s line that convinced me that a similar dress had to become part of my wardrobe. I love the neckline, the waistline detailing and the pleats in the front and back of the dress.
The pleat in the front can be a little tricky for a plus size woman but using this crisp fabric and some edge stitching to hold it flat worked for me.
Of course the topstitching detail at the neckline and waistline add to the elegance of the design and also help to give the dress waist definition…
…and I love the full skirt with all of the pleat detailing in both the front and the back. It’s not one of my typical dress silhouettes but sometimes we step out of our comfort zone, right! I started with my TNT dress pattern, Butterick 5147, which is sadly out of print now. The dress’s construction details can be found in this post.
It is the perfect summer dress. Add a short linen jacket or cardigan for work and meetings or as pictured below with a short sleeve cardigan for a dinner date or afternoon wedding.
I love linen. It’s easy to wear, sews up beautifully making the most amazing garments and I think the wrinkles give it character. I hope you’ll try a garment made from linen this summer too!