V8840 in cropped linen and a repurposed skirt

Let’s start with the skirt. You might remember my white linen dress from earlier this summer. I literally wore this dress to death. In the end, due to several small tears at strain points in the bodice (and coupled with my collar mishap), I decided it was time to revive this dress as a maxi-midi skirt. All I did was unpick the bodice slice along the seam line with my rotary cutter, add a back seam for the invisible zip and construct a WIDE waistband (I still need to sew another hook and bar to the back of it).

The top is a simple return of Vogue 8840. I used some amazing linen from Tessuti Fabrics. I actually feel a little guilty about this top. I envisioned those gorgeous stripes in a cute little pair of shorts for my littlest girl (the one who is happy to NOT wear pink). But I think I can get over the guilt. I LOVE this top. It is light and cool and in one of my favourite summer fabrics. I think it looks pretty neat with the skirt too.

The modifications I made to V8840 in the long version (size 12) were:

  • cropping the length by 29cm
  • took 2cm off the neckline, front and back
  • stitched the back seam all the way
  • adding facing instead of binding, and an invisible zip centre front

12 thoughts on “V8840 in cropped linen and a repurposed skirt

  1. sewamysew.com

    These pieces work so well together, you look fabulous in them. What a horrible mother you are stealing fabric from your little ones 😉
    I am the worst ever at selfless sewing, definitely something I want to work on this year.


  2. Debbie Iles

    Thank you! Selfless sewing can be tough. I use it as a strategy to maintain the ongoing support of my family when I am constantly whirring my machine over their tv shows 😉


  3. SewJillian

    Such a great outfit. I am loving the skirt, it looks fabulous on you and such a good breezy match for the top. You've been like a machine lately with your sewing output. Must be the threat of packing the beloved machine 🙂



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