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Have you tasted the rainbow?! I’ve spent some time window shopping from low to high end clothing stores, and you know what trend has really stood out to me lately? RAINBOW stripe EVERYTHING! Rainbow is a HUGE trend this season and the moment I saw JOANN’s new rainbow stripe linen for spring/summer I knew I needed some. Shout out to Heidi from Handmade Frenzy who first brought this amazing fabric to my attention on instagram.
This rainbow stripe linen fabric is currently taking the online sewing world by storm, and I’m excited to give you my take on it! I love that the colors in this design have a slight remix from the standard ROYGBIV order, giving this fabric a slightly more sophisticated look.
I used the Kalle Shirt Dress pattern by Closet Case Files because it matched really well with my “ready to wear” inspiration (from Madewell of course). I love wearing easy linen dresses in the summertime and this one is going to be just what I need in my wardrobe.
I love my Kalle Shirt I made last summer and still wear it all the time. It worked out that this pattern was a perfect pattern match to re-create the Madewell inspired dress. I sewed up view C in a size 4. I went with the hidden placket, just like the Madewell dress. Quick side note here, do not be intimidated by the hidden placket! I was a little anxious about going with the hidden placket but it was pretty easy to figure out and I love how it looks on this dress. I added 2 1/2″ in length and brought the side hem down a little for a less dramatic hemline.
I cut my pattern out against the grain of the fabric in order to position the stripes vertically. I cut my yoke and sleeve bands on the grainline to add a little bit of contrast with the stripes. I cut my pocket off-grain as well because I wanted it to blend into the shirtdress front. I love the overall look and had a lot of fun sewing up this little dress.
For this post I used: LaMode 5/8″ buttons from JOANN and Pellon Soft Flex Fusible Interfacing(I love this stuff!).
This linen fabric was great to work with. I washed and dried it before cutting my dress out. I really love working with linen fabric in general, it’s a really great beginner friendly fabric but is a little more professional looking than a quilting cotton. It’s easy to work with and hold loads of garment possibilities!
I hope you feel inspired to try this colorful trend! Thanks for reading along!
9 thoughts on “Taste the Rainbow Linen Kalle Dress with JOANN”
What a dead ringer for the Madewell dress – you nailed it! Enjoy wearing this on those warm summer days. I’m yet to make a Kalle (despite buying the pattern not long after it was launched) so I really need to get on and trace it!
Thanks Charlotte!! You will LOVE it!!!
Hi and thank you for your wonderful sewing suggestions! Please, can you tell me how much more fabric is needed when cutting against the grain for vertical stripes?
Hey Ellen! I didn’t get any extra fabric, just what the patterns suggested and it worked great for me. I think I got 4 yards total for both the sweatshirt and pants.
Thanks so much!!
I’m looking forward to working with this fabric this week! What color thread did you use? I’m hoping to find something that will blend in and not look to obvious but the rainbow makes it a bit tricky!
Hey Maya! I used Gutermann 100% polyester Col. 21 (it’s ever so slightly off white, and it worked great. I struggled with this decision too, but it worked out really well. Good luck!!
love this dress…….