Gettin’ My Preppy On

Madras, anyone?

patchwork plaid cotton dress

Finding this multicolored cotton patchwork on the Mood Fabrics website was almost as refreshing as a dip in the pool!

patchwork plaid cotton dress

I looked forward to putting a feminine twist on this classic preppy fabric and paired it with Butterick’s dress pattern 5917.

patchwork plaid cotton dress

Perhaps I’m a child at heart loving those madras children’s clothes filled with ruffles, but I thought this pattern had just the right feminine touch without the fussiness for the busy fabric. Actually, I’ve seen lots of RTW seersucker dresses sewn in this pattern.

Since there was only one review on the Pattern Review website I wasn’t sure what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised when I only needed to do a little tweaking in the upper bodice muslin to get the fit I wanted.

Obviously the visual interest is in the upper bodice with the ruffle. The tab prevents any gaping, which I lowered it by ½ inch to avoid a matronly look – still providing plenty of coverage. I constantly read the most flattering dress style is one with a raised waistline and must say I love the fit of this dress.

patchwork plaid cotton dressThis is truly one of the most uncomplicated sewing projects I’ve encountered. I mean, if every sewing experience was this easy I might have to find another hobby ;)

I’ll probably eat my words for that comment, but we sewists deserve a break every now and then, and now I know where to turn for a little instant gratification.

IMG_0588patchwork plaid cotton dressUntil soon!

 

 

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Comments


  • Ginger
    July 31, 2013

    I love this! It’s such a fun pairing of pattern and fabric– I love seeing this unorthodox use of madras! Absolutely adorable!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks, Ginger! I held my breath as I cut out the pattern. I knew it would be really cute or hideous. Fortunately I love it!

  • Meri
    July 31, 2013

    Aargh! Although I love what you’ve done, your pictures make me jealous. Not of your sewing skill (well, that, too) but your bod. You should be an inspiration, but really, dear, you’re a reproach.

    I let myself go, so now I have fitting issues I never had when younger. Again: Aargh! I’d love to sew something without having to, ahem, adjust the waist.

    Now that I got that off my chest, I want to congratulate you on your skill, your taste, and your fabric choice. You look tres chic and cool.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      LOL! What a lovely comment, Meri! I was beginning to encounter fitting issues and am amazed at what a difference a small/moderate weight loss can have. Hang in there and many thanks for your comment :)

  • Amanda S.
    July 31, 2013

    Okay, SO CUTE! And SO flattering too – you’ve got the perfect hour-glass shape with this dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! The pattern has A LOT to do with the flattering fit. :)

  • Lauren
    July 31, 2013

    You are SUCH a babe and it almost makes me hate you. But I can’t hate you when you keep churning out these amazing dresses. This pattern made up in madras plaid is freaking genius – you look amazing!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren! The babe factor is slipping day by day but I’m gonna go down fighting :)
      I’m loving the casual nature of this dress!

  • Amy
    July 31, 2013

    Wow! Another knock out. You are sewing up a storm this summer! That pattern is perfect for you. It already comes with your signature ruffle! It’s incredibly flattering as well. Bravo!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks, Amy! This pattern is one of my favorite to date. It would look great on you !

  • Diana
    July 31, 2013

    Yours is the first blog I started to read , and still my favourite, you are a very talented lady and you inspire me to try harder with my sewing. Another lovely outfit.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thank you, Diana for this very kind comment! I’m learning we can do most anything if we try hard enough :)

  • Lori
    July 31, 2013

    This is so fabulous, the combination of the fabric and the ruffles and the dress, just perfect. I agree you look so fabulous is your dress, amazing job.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thank you, Lori! As I mentioned to Ginger, I held my breath when cutting the pattern out, but I do love the end result :)

  • Carolyn
    July 31, 2013

    Can I just say that you know your style because this just screams Sarah! Lovely dress m’dear!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      LOL! Thank you, Carolyn – it did remind me of myself when I saw it :) :)

  • Manju
    July 31, 2013

    Love this! Great combination of fabric, fit and style!

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 31, 2013

    What a great fit and a great use of that madras patchwork fabric. I love that stuff. It just screams summer!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thank you, Carrie! I put madras right up there with seersucker for summer clothes :)

  • coco
    August 1, 2013

    Love it! Madras brings back memories of high school, had to have a madras shirt and madras shorts (not worn together). It had a distinctive smell from the dye. Bet yours from Mood does not! Great pattern for you, you look lovely.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 1, 2013

      Thanks, Coco! You’re right, no funny smell with this soft cotton! I have a feeling this pattern will get lots of attention from me :)

  • DebB
    August 1, 2013

    What an inspired combination of fabric and style! I never would have even considered Madras for that pattern – that will remind me to keep thinking outside the box! You look adorable in this dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 2, 2013

      Thank you, Deb! I did not have madras in mind when I ordered the pattern, but I thought if it would work for seersucker madras shouldn’t be too far behind :)

  • Cathy
    August 2, 2013

    What an unexpected pairing! I absolutely love it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      August 3, 2013

      Thank you Cathy! I kept my fingers crossed while working on this project :)

  • Peter
    August 3, 2013

    Sarah, great minds think alike (LOL) — love your patchwork madras dress! (And the fit is superb.)

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 5, 2013

    The day after my madras arrived you appeared on the MSN page all clad in same fabric !
    I made a dress since I didn’t want people to think I was copying you ;) Seriously , I had planned on shorts and a skirt. Now Im so glad you went first which encouraged me to think outside of the plaid!