Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns
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The Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio in Kaufman Metallic Linen

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 Case Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case 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 Case Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case Patterns Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Kaufman Essex Metallic Linen // Handmade by Closet Case 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 Case Patterns All in one facing // Farrow Dress by Grainline Studio // Handmade by Closet Case 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?

  • Wow. Your fabric choice totally changes my opinion on this pattern. The silhouette is amazing with a stiffer fabric. So chic!

  • Yeah, I’m seduced. And it comes in so many colors!! I assume (looking at your dress) that it’s heavy enough to make a dress without a lining?

    • 100%. You absolutely don’t need a lining with this stuff unless you want a barrier between your skin. It’s not as soft as regular linen but I find it totally comfortable.

  • I’ve made five (!) Farrows plus one for my sister. It’s such a great dress! Love the added structure of yours and the sparkle. Looks fab with the tights and heels!

    • Five! You’re a Farrow machine! I might make another one this summer in a lighterweight linen….

  • Linen and sparkles are two of my favourite things! I used a navy/gold metallic linen to make a dress for a wedding once: http://www.annekecaramin.com/2016/08/i-feel-like-fancy-snake.html

    Your dress looks amazing, I never gave this pattern much thought before but you might have changed my mind!

    • That dress is INCREDIBLE!!!!! Love the shape and the metallic navy is basically my dream fabric.

      • Thanks! It took ten different ideas and five muslins to get to the end result but it’s one of my favourite dresses ever!

  • Lori

    I had also written off this pattern as not me until I saw your version and now….. I may just be getting the pattern.

    Love love love it in this metallic linen. I have some chambray I may try it in.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Kat Y

    I hadn’t been seduced by metallic linen until I saw this post! I love how much the fabric tents out, it really shows off the unusual cut of the dress! *puts it on list*

    • Ah ha! I know, its kind of a hard fabric to imagine wearing, but something about the black and gold really struck me…

  • Catherine Daze

    I need that dress! Metallic, pockets, interesting shape…perfection.

  • Katja

    Love it! I bought the Farrow right when it was released but fabric inspiration didn’t strike so I’m still on the lookout, but might be you inspired me…

    • I really like it in something more structured, but I think it could be so soft and comfy in rumpled linen too…

      • Katja

        I think linen might be a good idea for summer and everything is better in linen 😉 And I love a good flowy and easy breezy dress for warm days…
        For winter I like to play with a bit more structure in somewhat “simple” shapes at the moment, but summer first.
        I’m done with feeling cold for the season!

  • This turned out lovely. I like the change to a single two piece (frt & bk) facing… It finishes so nicely inside.

  • Wow! This dress is stunning!
    Love the fabric, really unique and awesome!!!

  • Francesca Amodeo

    Yum! total love…

  • Digging the styling as well.. that necklace adds quite a bit of interest and contrast to the A-line shape <3

  • That fabric is so pretty and perfect for this pattern! So pretty!