So many variations!

A review of Sew Liberated Hinterland Dress

Reviewed by Mel Forrest on 4th July, 2019

I’ve only made one Hinterland dress so far, but I think this is one of those patterns that I will reach for again and again – partly because it’s lovely to sew, but mostly because there are so many variations. Not to mention the endless ‘hacking’ potential and there are plenty of ideas for this on the Sew Liberated Instagram account.

I had 1.5m of gorgeous Merchant and Mills metallic laundered linen in my stash, which I was determined to use for my dress even though the pattern states you need over 2m. By making the least fabric-hungry version (short skirt/half placket/no sleeves/no waist ties) and doing some epic pattern tetris – I made it happen!

I thought the instructions were great – clear, well laid-out and easy to follow. I had no trouble at all during construction and it was a quick and enjoyable sew. Because of the relaxed fit, this would be a great pattern for beginner sewists, particularly if they wanted to tackle a button placket for the first time.

I made a size 4 with no alterations and it fits me well (I’m a UK size 8/10 and 5’4″ tall). I think I would possibly lengthen the skirt by an inch or so if I made the shorter version again for a little more coverage – it’s fine, but I think I’d feel more comfortable with less thigh on display!

My finished Hinterland dress is just what I wanted – perfect for warm weather with a relaxed and rustic feel that shows off the gorgeous fabric. It’s super comfy to wear and I’ll be on the look out for some more lovely linens for my next version! I really want to try the longer version with a full button placket and sleeves and I really like the idea of hacking it into a skirt too!