The Personality of Linen

When I was visiting in Vancouver the other week,  Jeff’s sister just tossed a couple of her linen wardrobe items in my hands and asked me if I would like them (she does this often!). But of course ! And so fiendishly I stash them in my travel bag to take home. It wasn’t for a week after arriving home however, did I take this out and even try to wear it (truthfully, I almost declined it at first). I looked at it, thinking, wondering how does one wear a ‘short dress’… or is it a tunic? After putting it on over equally faded plum colored pants, I decided it is indeed what one refers to as a smock.

I’m triple smitten with this smock ! For one, it is Flax label, made of (mostly) linen, and I love, love, love linen ! I especially love linen’s personality when it is washed and dried on the line. It’s texture which speaks like no other cloth. To iron linen is to tape shut it’s mouth as it speaks it’s poetry ! Though I do love how immaculate and fresh that ironed linen is, too, though not quite as much. This particular smock, is not full-bred linen, but part cotton, thus lacks a little luster in the unpressed form.

Secondly, it has huge pockets which I discovered makes it a thoroughly ideal utilitarian thing to wear, as I found myself both gathering tomatoes and snipped parsley in the garden and stashing them in the voluminous caverns hidden inside the pleated ‘skirt’ of this thing. Having discovered how well the pockets had become useful servants to me, I wore this beauty out for a couple of knit-walks and didn’t even need to carry my yarn bags, just the pockets by themselves worked wonderfully. So the smock is ideal for holding yarn as well as it is garden produce !

Thirdly, it is a lovely shade of blue. I nearly titled this post ‘The personality of Blue’. Does one call that French Bleu? Perhaps it is the color of the flower of flax, from which linen is made? Folks, I’ve decided that after two-and-a-half decades of avoiding blue, I am totally and unexpectedly thirsting for it! This shade especially, this leaning toward indigo. I also am drawn to the deep azure tones of the sky at altitude, or blue faded to near white. Well, I’ll explore it with this linen smock for starters, the mood it imparts into my wardrobe.  (Note, these photos were taken in the first light of the morning the other day, and the camera rather fuzzed up the image, but the colors are spot on. )

I had been winding off two shades of blue recently, as I’m up to a little knitting something in two shades of blue.

9 thoughts on “The Personality of Linen

    • Thats just what I think. I am considering making a few of these, as I think the smock could easily be reproduced by a simple measureing, and all square cuts ! I’ve got some striped 100% linen which I am eyeing… 😉

      • Good idea. And how comfortable to wear. I’m thinking of making something similar to wear when cleaning the house! Perfect for anything, really. And… I love the blue color. I haven’t sewn in a while, but would like to make one. Lucky you to have some striped linen in mind! I think I’ll go shopping in this heat.. how are you faring?

    • Hi Lois ! Yeah, I think this smock might get cloned, and if I do that , I’ll certainly post my ‘pattern’ or recipe… and you can make one just like it. 🙂

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