Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Textile Studio Madison Avenue Dress

I have had this pattern a long time, I loved the simplicity when I first bought it and I love it still. As you can see I shortened mine quite a bit, I wanted to be able to wear it with flats in the summer and boots in the fall, and I thought this length would give me more flexibility. I still see making this in a stretch velvet in the longest length, very elegant.

I had never worked with patterns from this company so I needed to find out about the fit, but I figure in this easy to work knit from Emma One Sock and because it was a simple design I couldn't go too wrong. I like the fit. One thing I would do different is a forward shoulder adjustment, this is the first time in a pattern where the shoulder line is so off.

Something else that showed up when I took a picture of the back is the wrinkles at the waistline. I don't have swayback, so I know that's not the problem. Any ideas? Could it be that having the shoulder seam off is causing problems in the bodice?

Other than adding to the waist length I made no other alterations. I did notice that the fit is snug at the waist/hip area; I went up a size from their recommended size, to give myself some insurance and still had to make 1/4" seams in that area.

As far as construction I added 1/4" elastic in the shoulder seam allowance, I usually use clear elastic but I'm out so I used what I had in hand.

I also stitched down the neckline facings, they were flopping around driving me crazy. The directions have you stitching in the ditch to tack them down but it wasn't enough. I always remember Connie Long telling us in her knits class at G Street Fabrics that there is no reason not to stitch down the facings.

I have some fabric leftover which I'm going to use make a simple top so stay tuned!


  1. Lovely dress - gorgeous fabric and very flattering on you!

  2. El resultado final se ve perfecto...enhorabuena Lisette..!

  3. I love that blue print! It looks wonderful as a dress- so pretty :)

    The back wrinkle looks like it's a little bit too tight or too high under the arm, or some combination of both. But I'm not positive.

  4. I love the dress and the fabric you chose is awesome!

  5. A beautiful dress, and the neckline is just perfection. Great idea to stitch down those floppy facings. Sometimes I need to remind myself that we DO have permission to do whatever we want in sewing, and the result is always better when we engage that enterprising part of ourselves. Thanks for reminding me.


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