I wanted to create the perfect little Fall outfit that had everything I loved about the season wrapped up into its design. I wanted the colors, the feelings, and the versatility all there. My sister came to the rescue and found a bundle of vintage linen at a yard sale for great price. The print is gorgeous with all the lovely reds, yellows, and oranges that represent the season so well.
I kept the design simple since the pattern was so vibrant. I thought a more detailed dress would be too overwhelming, especially for a small frame. I found some buttons that have a burnt wood effect that immediately reminded me of bonfires and toasting marshmallows and the smell of burning yard debris after raking leaves and sticks. I wanted to highlight them so I switched up my usual placement of buttons to the front instead of the back.
I felt the dress needed a little relief from the vibrant pattern and some contrast, so I added a darling Peter Pan collar in a cream and brown color. It allows the eye to rest a bit but also adds a vintage touch. The sash was necessary to add a pop of coordinating color and help tone down all the others a bit. I love the sweet triple gathers at the front of the sash that add extra texture and dimension.
It is such a sweet dress, and I love recycling the vintage linen, even though there is a limited amount. The colors are perfectly suited for Fall, it would be a great dress to wear throughout the season. It's a beautifully versatile piece in that a cardigan can be worn over it and tights would work perfectly to keep those legs warm. I'm thinking about making a skirt for me if there's any leftover fabric this year!