This dress has been a LONG time in the making! I first fell in love with this linen from Merchant and Mills in summer 2019 and then finally convinced myself to buy some last August when I visited Rye with Patsy. I kept my eye out for patterns that would offer opportunities to play with stripes and struck gold with the French Navy Forsythe dress!
After spending several hours admiring this fabric while making a quilted hot water bottle cover, I became low-key obsessed with it. We still had a few metres in stock in the run-up to Christmas at Hometown and I couldn’t stop thinking about it!
As soon as I saw the beautiful samples of the new Fleetwood dress by French Navy I added it to my ‘to make’ list immediately. A button up bodice, cuffed sleeves and a gathered skirt are some of my favourite garment details – add in an interesting yoke and an extra ruffle and I’m in heaven!