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Blankslate Patterns Leralynn Dress

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Whether you believe in global warming or not, there is no denying this summer has been insanely hot. Everyone has seen record temps and is desperately trying to stay cool. I am normally a sportswear/separates kind of gal but I just couldn’t take waistbands or even t shirts this past month.

I had made the grey linen Leralynn by Blankslate patterns and the quilting cotton wearable muslin version last year. Amazingly I did virtually nothing for alterations to the fit.

I added an inseam back belt to the black one to pull it in a bit at the waist. The grey one got some pretty embroidery at the neckline and an extra bar-tack at the neckline because of the delicateness of the fabric.  I wore these a bunch last year.

I found the yummy gingham check in a soft cotton at a local fabric shop. My pattern matching is atrocious across the front but when it’s on no one seems to notice.( Although I swear I couldn’t see the grease stain before I took pictures! Keepin it real folks!)

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The floral linen is my absolute favorite of the lot. I get tons of compliments, its crazy comfy, and doesn’t wrinkle noticeably at all.

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Overall, the Leralynn is a great beginner pattern. The split neckline is accomplished by creative seaming. You can use purchased bias to finish it  or you can go the extra mile and make matching bias tape. I did a mixture on mine.

While loose and comfortable it has just enough shape to not be like a potato sack. If you want to accentuate the waist you can use a belt. I left off the pockets because I didn’t want them bagging out or adding bulk to the hip area. There is an adorable hood option as well if you want to make one to wear to the pool or beach.

Stay cool!