A very Durham Dress: Sew Liberated Hinterland Dress


This dress takes sewing local just about as far as I can (without weaving fabric myself!). The pattern was designed in Durham; I purchased the fabric and pattern in Durham; I sewed it up in Durham; and I took blog pictures in Durham.


Meg from Sew Liberated is a local pattern designer, who I actually have not met yet. It’s bound to happen sooner or later. This was my first time making one of her patterns. Most of her designs aren’t really my style, as they tend to be more loose-fitting and layerable in a way that’s far too cool for me. But, I thought (correctly!) that this would make a great casual summer dress for the North Carolina heat.


This fabric is a Moda Fabrics cotton from Freeman’s Creative. The shop owner, Amelia, was SUPER gracious when I was deciding how much fabric to buy and actually pulled out her personal Hinterland pattern pieces so that I wouldn’t buy too much. Talk about personal service! I ended up with 2 1/4 yards of 45″ wide fabric, which was plenty for the project.

At the insight of the lovely ladies at Freeman’s Creative, I made a few tweaks to the dress. I added 2″ to the shorter length dress when I cut it out. It is still decently above the knee. I also used 5 buttons on the bodice button placket instead of 4.


It took me a long time to decide whether to place the stripes vertically or horizontally on the bodice. But, after I made that decision (it all came down to fabric width), the dress came together quickly in one day. Meg has very detailed instructions for the darts, which would be great for a beginner. Somehow I boogered up the pockets, though, so they hang to the back of the dress rather than the front–even if I iron them toward the front.

I had originally cut out the dress without waist ties. I was trying to embrace the original loose, flowy style of the dress. But, I just couldn’t do it. It felt like a sack, so I unpicked the side seams and sewed in waist ties after the fact. I like it so much better now. It’s become a go-to and I’ve been wearing it just about every weekend since I finished it in May.


Pattern: Sew Liberated Hinterland Dress, size 2
Fabric:  2.25 yards of Moda Fabrics cotton from Freeman’s Creative @ $13/yd
Notions: 5 wooden buttons, interfacing, and thread from stash
Cost: $29.25 fabric =$29.25 ($49.25 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 5 hours

One thought on “A very Durham Dress: Sew Liberated Hinterland Dress

  1. PoundCake

    Oh it’s so pretty! I never though about designer location as an inspiration for design – but of course if you’re in the same locale climate the clothes will suit your seasonal needs! I’ve should look for a NE designer…though the optimal New England winter garment would just be a flannel Snuggie…


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