I’ve been sewing for a long time, but the only wearables I’ve ever successfully completed were PJ pants…

Then I had to go to a wedding in Austin, Texas. In August. When I was trying to figure out what I was going to wear, a weird, planets-aligned series of events occurred. I found four yards of embroidered linen I got on sale back in my Hancock days and the Emerald Dress by Rae Hoekstra pattern in the Desert issue of Making Magazine around the same time. Having everything I needed, and not much of a budget to go out and buy a dress, I thought I’d give it a go.

linen going through sewing machine

Admittedly, I was pretty intimidated. How much ease was this supposed to have? Linen needs a walking foot? Understitch facings? But after a lot of googling, my first facing turned out just like I wanted it. I just got in the groove and sewed.

emerald dress on a hanger

When all was said and done, I loved it, but it was a little bit casual. I decided to dress it up with a belt and strappy sandals, and then it was perfect for an Austin summer wedding. And yes, it has pockets.

Has anyone else made the plunge into apparel sewing? Tell me about your experience in the comments, or tag a picture on social with #fiberadventures!

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