Last days of summer with Liisa

By kk-

Linen is the perfect material for hot summer days. Here in Finland the summer is quickly turning into fall and it’s hard to imagine that these pictures were taken only a couple of weeks ago.


The Pattern is Lizzy dress (which I conveniently renamed “Liisa”) is from the British Simply Sewing magazine, issue eighteen. I was actually a bit disappointed since of the three patterns the magazine cover promised I only got one. Apparently the other two were only available within UK. This, however, was stated in tiny letters in a vertical footnote in the inner pages and impossible to read through the plastic cover. I did complain and was offered a refund but I still ended up keeping the magazine since I at least wanted the one pattern. Besides, I felt that going through the whole process of taking the magazine back was too much trouble.


I had very limited amount of fabric since I almost never shop for the pattern but instead end up selecting something suitable from my stash. After cutting the main parts of the dress I did not have any pieces big enough for the pockets. I didn’t want to make contrast pockets as suggested in the pattern so the necessity is the mother of invention.  I quickly sketched quilted pockets that used the few remaining pieces of the leftover fabric and the shape of which repeated the curved shape of the neckline band. I like the outcome very much. Without the fabric limitations I never would have had the patience to do pockets that complicated!


Finally, I on two minds about this dress. I some images it looks boring and baggy and in some it looks nice and relaxed. I think also that the colour would look so much better with a tanned skin. Alas, I don’t really get much suntan and nowadays use sunscreen anyway when I go outdoors.


Thanks for my husband and little S for taking the pictures! They were taken at the new Finnish Nature Centre Haltia.


  1. Helen

    OOh I have got this pattern too but have not made it yet. I wasn’t sure it was my style but it looks OK on you so more inclined to start the project now.

    27 . Nov . 2016
    • kk

      I am glad to be of help! It is a nice simple dress.

      27 . Nov . 2016
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