The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio in Kaufman Metallic Linen

Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns

Heavens alive I love a shift dress, especially when they boast cool details or an interesting architectural silhouette. The latest pattern from Grainline boasts both, of course. A snappy a-line shape with deep, slanted pockets? Sign me up!

Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns

While I had a few plans for the Farrow dress, everything flew out the window when I was at Needlework in Hamilton for a Ginger Jeans workshop. The ladies had made up the pattern in this delightful black and gold metallic Kaufman Essex linen and after squeezing myself into their size 6 sample I decided to make the exact same thing, this time in a size 10.

Essex linen is a little on the stiff side, but I like how it emphasizes the structure of the dress. I also wanted something easy to wear to holiday parties, and nothing beats gold sparkles, plus no waist definition so you can eat and drink as much as you want, right?

Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns

I went sleeveless since it felt more “evening”; I think the high-low hem helps here too since it frames the legs nicely.

This was a fun, satisfying make. The pocket construction is unusual, and I love the simple but graphic impact of the diagonal seam lines. The biggest change I made was to the facings. I almost always prefer an all in one facing, so I quickly drafted one. Nothing worse than a flippy neck facing, I tell ya.

All in one facing // Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns All in one facing // Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Handmade by Closet Core Patterns

I think this dress is a great addition to my more minimalist wardrobe; its simple and chic and understated, and I’ve worn it a few times when I needed something dressy this winter. I’ll probably try making one up with sleeves in the wintertime, since I have a real lack of warm dresses (I just pile sweaters on top of everything).

Have you made the Farrow yet? Anyone else seduced by metallic linen too?

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Hi! I'm Heather Lou, a pattern designer and sewing educator for the modern maker. At Closet Core Patterns, we transform your imagination into step-by-step implementation that helps you create a wardrobe you love - not one you're limited to buying off the rack.

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