dressmaking, pattern review, sewing

Merchant and Mills Florence Top/Dress

If you’ve read my previous posts you will know how much I love the Florence pattern by Merchant and Mills, I’ve made 3 of the top versions but this is my first dress.

The pattern I purchased was the PDF and didn’t include the dress version, I think this may be included with the paper version? It was super simple to hack to a dress I just simply lengthened the peplum piece to the length I wanted, just above my knee. I also added pockets to the side seams because I need room for my snacks!

The fabric I used is the wes linen also from merchant and mills. I’ve drooled over this fabric since I first saw it about a year ago. It’s the most beautiful shade of mustard and light rose pink woven gingham. I would say its medium weight but it has the softest feel and beautiful drape. It is £26 per metre so pricey but so worth it.

I’ve taken extra care whilst sewing this to make sure I pattern matched and the gingham was even along the hems and seams, it’s so worth the extra care. The buttons I used are vintage.

I’ve also included some photos of the dress seated, I will try and do this on all my future blogs to show support with the disabled sewists.

I’ve already worn this dress a few times and it’s super comfortable. I wore it on a long walk in warm weather and although the fabric is medium weight and thicker than a usual linen it was cool and comfortable.

Well as this fabric was so pricey I made sure I used every scrap, I made a few hair accessories and a matching tote bag. The bows I made myself, scrunch is using the cutonepair tutorial and the bag is the costa tote by helens closet, a free pattern when you subscribe to her newsletter.

What do you like to make with your scraps??

Happy sewing,

Samantha x


3 thoughts on “Merchant and Mills Florence Top/Dress”

  1. Hi this dress and material are so beautiful. It inspired me to buy some of the material myself. I was wondering which thread colour you used, as I’m struggling to find a matching thread colour? Many thanks


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