It must be summer somewhere! I’m there with my Flora sundress

tmp_21837-image-1749783388weather todayMore unseasonal sewing!? By Hand London Flora, the perfect sundress. A girl will need something to wear in Venice after all, and the timing is perfect for the Summer Sundress Sew-a-long.

aaah the dresses of summer, airy and light, fun and frivolous, the darling buds of May….

It’s below zero overnight in this part of Oz at the moment. The days are mostly sunny and clear. Find yourself a little sun-trap, pour yourself something sparkly, aah is it summer yet? Something to wear……

 Here’s my Flora and here‘s one I made one earlier (for my daughter).



Mine doesn’t have the dipped hem.The fabric is a very light cotton voile and I’ve lined the bodice in white lawn and put in an invisible zip. I finished the hem with a pretty bias tape, to get the most length out of the skirt as I could. The fabric wasn’t quite wide enough to cope with the circle skirt so I ended up piecing two corners. I don’t think it’s really noticeable because the fabric pattern is quite busy.

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When I was sewing the bodice to the skirt, I seemed to be having a day where nothing went right. I did it three times when before it was ok. Not ideal for a light voile, because it’s so easy to damage and fray. 

I also couldn’t get my head around the bodice lining. I like my garment ‘innards’ really neat. I couldn’t figure out how to do this where the two halves of the bodice lining crossed over. Has anyone made this version of Flora and made the cross-over lining shenanigans neat and clean?



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I was a bit lazy and didn’t to a FBA (full bust adjustment). I think it would have been improved by at least lengthening the bodice a bit.

I’m pretty happy with my Flora and looking forward to wearing it somewhere warmer than Canberra. Are you joining the Summer Sundress Sew-a-long? Are you planning a break somewhere warm?


Pattern: By Hand London Flora with wrap bodice and without the dipped hem

Fabric: voile main and lawn lining from Addicted to Fabric

Notions: invisible zip applied to a reinforced/interfaced back seam. Bias binding for the hem.

BHL Flora sundress, linking with theSummer Sundress Sew-a-long button Fun in the sun #sundress on Flickr sewing saturday image and





Update After Lizzy’s advice, I covered the cross-over untidiness with a grosgrain ribbon as a sort of mock waist stay. I’m much happier with it now, thanks Lizzy!

Inside Flora dress BHLInside Flora dress


10 thoughts on “It must be summer somewhere! I’m there with my Flora sundress

  1. Pingback: Is it possible to pack a colourful travel wardrobe? | barbarajanemade

  2. Lovely lovely fabric & this dress pattern really suits you.
    What I did with my second Flora was line the skirt – and I sandwiched those messy bits between the shell & lining. There was a bit of hand stitching near the zip but it worked reasonably well.


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