I made this Laurel last month, inspired by some super-cute mod scooter dresses from the 1960s. I liked it so much, I made a free download of complete instructions so you can get more from your pattern too.
I’m a big believer in the LBD (little black dress), but in the summer there’s a variation that’s just as important in my lazy-lady’s closet: The LWD.
I am seriously lazy about what I wear in the summer. It’s got to be comfortable, cool, and easy to throw on without a second thought. And you know what? I think I actually look better that way.
This dress hits all those points and I’ve been wearing it at least once a week.
The fabric is a nice thick ivory linen. As much as I love to wear white and off-white, I really do hate having to wear slips underneath when it’s warm, so I went for something nice and opaque.
Since it’s linen, of course there’s some wrinkling. I don’t mind looking a little rumpled in linen, because it’s just so cool, breezy and soft.
The natural color does, I must admit, look a bit like muslin. But the fabric will soften up with more wear and become perfect, I just know it. Don’t you love clothes that get better with age?
To modify Laurel, I made a few easy alterations that you can do too. To get the complete set of instructions, click the download link below.
- I added a horizontal seam along the hip line.
- I added in-seam pockets, set into this new hip seam.
- For the top of the bodice front, I cut it in two pieces instead of on the fold.
- I added a slight V shape at the neckline.
All the details are in the download, so check it out below.
I hope to create more of these free downloads in the future when I modify our patterns. In fact, I’m already working on the next one.
The cool thing is, when you download this one, I’ll be able to automatically send you the other freebies too when they’re done. Eventually, I hope to have a huge collection of pattern hacks to send out for free, so you all can get the most from each pattern you buy. Sound like fun?
Pattern: Laurel by Colette Patterns, with modifications (see download for instructions)
Shoes: Sven clogs
Bracelet: Tiny Armour
Sunglasses: vintage tortoiseshell glasses my friend Kittee gave me years ago