While it may be difficult to get your brain wrapped around warm weather clothing with the frosty mornings we are currently having in Victoria, BC, many sewists are starting their spring wardrobe projects. Need some inspiration to get you motivated?  Check out what my friend, JoAnne, made from this beautifully textured linen that we got in for Spring.

Spring is just around the corner so I couldn’t resist getting a head start on my spring/summer wardrobe with the Clip Dot Linen Jacquard in Flax from Gala Fabrics. This medium weight linen is woven with a polka dot jacquard pattern, giving it a textured surface. It would make anything from your classic linen shirt, jacket, or dress to some home decor items.  It has a full bodied drape and a crisp smooth hand. Washing instructions say to machine wash in cold water or dry clean to preserve crispness. Machine dry low or hang to dry. I hand washed simply because I only had a small piece, spun in washer and then machine dried. After a good pressing, it looked just like it had off the bolt. It even kept its crispness.

Because this linen has such a lovely design, I chose a pattern with minimal seams. My favorite pattern company at the moment is Tessuti from Australia. You can order the patterns online and they send you a pdf file which you can have printed at your local print shop or if you can wait a bit, you can order their paper patterns to be mailed to you.

The Ola Tunic is a loose tunic-style top and features magyar sleeves and exposed bindings on the neckline and sleeve hems. The pattern includes three versions – plain, two-tone with contrast patch pocket, and a three contrast version with floating patch pocket. Comfortable and stylish, the pattern is quick and easy to make. Ideal for woven fabrics including linen, lightweight wool, cottons, viscose and silks. While this pattern is no longer available from Tessuti, their Athina Top is very close in design.

I chose version 1 and shortened it so it sat just at the hips. I also placed both the front and back on the fold (turned back the seam allowance). There are only two main pattern pieces plus the neck and sleeve binding. It goes together quickly and easily. The instructions in all the Tessuti patterns are very easy to follow and have lots of photos to guide you. The instructions also include a link to a tutorial that shows you how to join bias binding before applying to the neck and sleeve. The binding is fairly narrow, so if you want a wider binding you could cut the pattern piece wider. I love this shorter version with Tessuti’s Robbi Pant.

This is a pattern that I have used time and time again with great results.  It has become a staple in my sewing repertoire. Check out my other versions of this top below … all made with linen!

JoAnne B.

Victoria, BC