Skip to main content

Made By A Fabricista: Sew House Seven Mississippi Ave Dress


Oh, c'mon people, let's make believe it's time to walk barefoot in the sand on the beach!  I sewed this sweet little hot pink twill rayon challis dress during a record breaking cold spell so there was no way on this frozen tundra of earth I was going outside to take photos in this dress.  So squint your eyes and think "white, sandy beaches".  I've been quite curious about the Sew House Seven patterns--- they have a feminine and casual appeal.  No one has really talked much about them in the sewing blogosphere, so I was super exited to sew up their Mississippi Avenue Dress that Fabric Mart has in stock.     

The pattern itself comes in a nice paper envelope comparable to the Big 4 companies' envelopes.  The instruction booklet is in black and white with these really nice illustrations.  I was pleasantly surprised.  They're very detailed.  I agree with this pattern being labeled "beginner", it was a breeze to construct with most of my time being spent on finishing the neckline and arm openings.  The pattern itself is printed on three heavy weight pages, I just cut out my size being that I was feeling too lazy to trace it off.  


Being uncertain of what height these pattern are drafted for I just went ahead and added 1" of length to the bodice.  There are no markings on the pattern pages for this.  I went just below the side notches to cut and slash then add the inch on all my pieces.  I'm 5'8", two inches taller than what most commercial patterns draft for, so this is a typical alteration for me. 


This is a perfect spring or summer dress.  The neckline dips a little low so a camisole underneath along with a cardigan will work nicely if I were to wear it in a casual workplace.  How fun are the little ties on the shoulders?  The dress is unlined but this rayon challis twill is plenty opaque to keep a girl modest. 


I sewed up View C, the longer version of the dress.  I needed a size 10/12 for my top half but for the sake of my sanity I cut a straight 12 upper bodice.  I had to grade out to a 14/16 hip.  I did have to take in the sides of the bodice down to about a 10.  I feel like the underarms dip down a tad low giving a sneak peek at my underthings-- I would likely draft them up higher if I were to sew this again.  FYI, sizing is similar to U.S. ready-to-wear sizing.  It ranges from 0-20-- or a 32-46" bust and a 35-50" hip. 


Rayon challis can be a tricky fabric to work with.  I made sure to pre-wash and dry it to shrink it up nicely. The neck and arm openings are nicely bound on the inside edge, which looks great and prevents these areas from stretching over time.  You can see in the picture (above-left) my back neckline.  I really like that inset panel in front, a future version of this is dying to have some contrasting piping in those seams, yes?!


I love a drapey, swishy, looser fitting dress in the dead of summer.  If you could zoom in here, you'd surely see goosebumps on this 20F day.  Who else has washed their hands of cold weather sewing here in the northern hemisphere?!  

 
Happy Sewing!!
~Kathy

Comments

  1. Very pretty! Looks ultra comfy too. Warm weather should be here soon!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful dress! Love the style and color.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oooh, the color is luscious. It is so right for infusing al little spring in an otherwise dreary day.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made by a Fabricista: My Fall Ensemble

Hi everyone.  I am back and so eager to show you what I sewed for the transition to fall.   Our social calendar for the next three months is filling up so it is time to sew for fall.  Where I live, fall weather can vary from 60 to 80 degrees.  Linen is my “go to” fabric, especially for September and October.  Fabric Mart happened to have on sale the mid-weight navy /light blue linen with abstract geometric print. Due to the hugely discounted price, I could sew a fall ensemble that would consist of a duster, a pair of pants, and a sheath dress for about $50.00. Vogue V1756 pattern by Sandra Betzina caught my attention. It had a standup collar, buttoned front, and set-in sleeves, but its side front pockets hide behind a flange on each side front and the lower back had a gathered skirt. How unique! The pattern instructions, written by the designer herself, were easy to follow.  I sewed the duster in Size C and made no adjustments. Because of its style, color and maxi length, it can take m

Made by a Fabricista: Luxe Knits for A Classy and Yet Cozy Fall Wardrobe

Hello Fellow Sewists!  I’m excited to share my latest Fabricista make with you all, as I have started my transition in to sewing for Fall!  Now don’t get me wrong-I am by no means wishing summer away!  Summer is my favorite time of year here in Minnesota. But Fall is my second favorite. And I have done a ton of summer sewing. So I wanted to get a jump start on building a cozy, yet classy Fall wardrobe that will suit me perfectly as I’m at home more but still need to be put together for zoom meetings and running errands.  I chose two gorgeous sweater knit fabrics to work with for these outfits. I knew I wanted a great basic black knit fabric. And then I fell in love with the floral knit fabric as soon as I saw it!  So I am excited that I got to work with both.  My original intention was to make a mix and match wardrobe but as I thought about it, I hardly ever actually mix and match things!  So instead, I decided to use one of my favorite wrap dress patterns, Butterick 5454. I have made

Made by a Fabricista: The Perfect Statement Fabric

I’m 100% one of those people that select fabric solely based how I’m feeling in that moment.  I never have a project in mind or a look I want to make.  Once the fabric arrives and I get to touch it, within a few days the ideas start to come.  The only downside to this is a fabric stash that looks a bit like a retail store. When this double-faced satin suiting arrived, I initially considered a pant suit but thought this fabric was a little too special and at the last minute opted for something more dramatic despite having no place to where it.  I figured If nothing else, I can wear the skirt with a t-shirt for school drop-off lol. The top was made using a drafted bustier pattern with lots of boning and interfacing.  Definitely time consuming but well worth it.  I enjoy a nice dramatic sleeve and interfacing gave the sleeve enough structure to accomplish just that. The skirt was made using vintage McCalls 9260.  I have drawers and drawers filled with vintage patterns.  The beauty of vint