A dress to wear: Tessuti's Lily Linen Dress

I finished this dress a couple weeks ago and just remembered that I haven't shared the final dress with you yet, so here we go- It's Tessuti's Lily Linen dress

I made the size XS and followed the pattern exactly. I did add two ties in the back to nip in the waist a bit. But it's still really fluid and has lots of movement, which is one of the features that drew me to this pattern. 

The fabric I used was bargain bin $1/yard mystery material that was really difficult to work with. But it wears great and even looks a bit like linen, with a fine yet slubby weave. 

I don't usually wear clothes that are so loose-fitting and I rarely wear dresses, so it's been a bit of a challenge to fit this into my wardrobe. However, I'm determined to branch out from my jeans and black t-shirt uniform and this dress is a great start, I hope.

I learned some new skills on this project, like the bias neckline and the clever twisted pocket detail. The pattern is so well written and detailed, with lots of photos. I also used this tutorial and Frenched all the seams, which I think will help the dress become a regular part of my wardrobe, instead of something precious to be hand-washed. 

Next up, maybe a pencil skirt from this new book that just arrived at my door this week. What are you working on these days? 

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