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Aimee's Linen Glea Dress

By Aimee Elise

I’m Aimee. When I’m not sitting at my sewing machine, I’m most likely working as a microbiologist. I enjoy reading, outdoor adventures, and saying yes to amazing experiences.

Summertime Glea Dress | Aimee Ortega

Hello Indiesew readers, Allie here. I'm so excited to introduce you to Indiesew's newest contributor, Aimee! She's a fellow Colorado-an and I had the pleasure of meeting her in person a few weeks ago. You'll be seeing much more from this pretty lady in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Hey everyone, my name is Aimee and today I’m sharing the most recent addition to my summer wardrobe: the Glea Dress designed by Whitney Deal. When I was pattern hunting on Indiesew I was really drawn to the idea of a shift dress. I wanted something that could transition between casual and dressy while still being light and breathable.

I traditionally wear fit and flare or cinched waist summer dresses and wanted to get away from the monotony of that and add some variety. That being said, I wasn’t quite sure how this was going to turn out. I have larger hips and thighs, and ready-to-wear shift dresses either end up looking like a tent or fit nicely in the bodice but are way too tight around my bottom. 

Glea Dress sewing pattern by Whitney Deal

I figured having the ability to grade between sizes and factor in my shape might make a big fitting difference, and at the very least it was worth a try. I am so happy I went for it because I love how the dress fits and looks.

I chose a linen fabric with jacquard dots from (no longer available) that had a slight bit of drape to it while still being sturdy. It does wrinkle fairly easy, and is a tad sheer so I have to wear a slip underneath, but it feels very breathable which was exactly what I wanted.

The only downside was how shifty the fabric was. I took extra care when ironing and cutting the pattern pieces out, but I didn’t use any spray starch or tissue stabilizer. I think I would try that next time. | Summertime Glea Dress by Aimee

The dress was very easy to put together and the instructions were very straightforward and clear. I think it took me about four hours, with many distractions, after everything was cut out.

I cut a size 4 in the bust and waist and graded out to a size 6 through the hips. Both the front button band as well as one of the collar pieces are interfaced to avoid any distortion of shape.

One of my favorite details is the finish of the collar. You cut a piece of self-fabric on the bias and fold it over the raw edges of the collar to get a nice clean finish.


Whitney Deal | Glea Dress sewing pattern

This dress has inspired me to make other things that fall slightly out of my comfort zone while experimenting with fabric choice or adding tiny details. Just like life, sewing is all about the small steps and taking chances.

Disclaimer: The pattern in this post was provided to me free of charge for participating as an Indiesew collaborator. The statements and thoughts are my own opinions.

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