linen remix in watercolors

There’s no shortage of heat in Tennessee. The answer, obviously, is more cool dresses, right?


I was delighted to find this vibrant lightweight linen at Textile Fabrics in 2014, and again last week in my stack of remnants. I could see it as Pauline Alice’s Malvarosa dress,* but there wasn’t enough fabric. Not to be discouraged, I dug out the pleated skirt and crop top I’d made last summer… You know what’s coming next — I chopped up the skirt!


I was so excited I forgot to take a picture! But here’s the top, with another skirt from the same pattern. What I particularly like is the back of the top. I tapered it lower in the back and left the center seam open, except for three strategically placed buttons. We need to catch any whiff of a breeze around here.


But back to the Malvarosa. It was very close. I had to put a seam in the back and cut one side on the crosswise grain rather than lengthwise. It’s hard to see unless you’re looking for it, with all the broken lines of the plaid. The skirt is pieced together too.


My friend Rosie, expert seamstress and all around sweetheart, tells me she reuses fabrics all the time, refashioning clothes (even sweaters and scarves) she no longer wears into new combinations. What a great idea! Reduce, reuse, recycle – and restitch! Makes me wonder what’s hiding unappreciated in the back of my closet…

IMG_6440 * Malvarosa: when you look it up, you find a sheep’s milk cheese with a hint of butterscotch, a dramatic movie from 1958, a flower used in herbal medicine, and a resort beach near Valencia, Spain. Aha! I’m thinking that’s where Pauline is going with this design. Let’s all make one and meet there!


5 thoughts on “linen remix in watercolors

  1. I agree! I keep hoping to find more fabric like it – or something just as interesting. If I do, you’ll be among the first to hear about it! Thank you!

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