Linen is the quintessential summer fabric, so when I was asked to check out some of June + Lu’s beautiful selection of linen earlier this summer, I was very excited! This bone colored linen perfectly suits the Coastal Grandmother trend that we are all loving this year, and for me, pants were the way to go. I don’t know why, but anytime I have the opportunity to work with a light, neutral colored linen, you’d be wise to bet your money on me turning it into a pair of wide legged pants of some sort. While I’ve never lived on a coast, nor have I ever been a grandmother, I have been adamant that my wardrobe requires at least 2 pairs of white, beige, or bone colored linen pants at all times.
I chose this beautiful Merchant & Mills Laundered Linen from Minerva with a maxi length Marcel dress in mind. I love the subtle hints of pink woven into the fabric (which is appropriately named “Hidden Pink”), and this is absolutely some of the softest linen that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The closest I’ve felt is a linen / viscose mix, but this is 100% linen and 100% lovely. I know I shied away from linen for quite some time because I believed it was always a scratchy substrate, but you won’t find any of that here. The color is beautiful – a subtle, neutral color that offers hints of pink only to those near enough. The drape is beautiful, and it is a breezy fabric option that makes a maxi-length dress bearable and comfortable even on a 100F hot summer day at 37 weeks pregnant!
I feel like there is a subset of the sewing world that is entirely devoted to linen. I mean, people LOVE this stuff. I’ve never fully understood – it isn’t that I particularly don’t like linen, but I have just never been head over heels for it the way many people seem to be! Admittedly, this was only my third linen garment but still… I just couldn’t figure out what all the fuss was about. So I was excited to try out this fabric (which I chose for the print and colors, not the substrate!) and see if my thoughts would change.