Madewell-Inspired Striped Silk Dress
This dress was inspired by a dress I saw at Madewell a while back. I’ve been loving the multi-directional stripes I’ve seen lately, but all the dresses I’ve found haven’t exactly been in a college girl’s budget. So I decided to just make my own!
The fabric is this denim blue-striped woven from Mood Fabrics. I liked working with it for the most part but I did have issues with ironing. I ironed the dress, starched it. Re-ironed it, and starched it again and it still looks a little wavy, especially on the skirt. I don’t mind because the fabric smells amazing now (ha) but I do wonder what I could have possibly done to prevent that.
See what I mean? Gahh it’s driving me crazy. Was it just the fabric or was it something on my part? I was wondering if it by chance could have been a grainline issue, since the skirt was cut on the crosswise grain (Google told me I could do it, I swear!), but I’m still not sure. Expert seamstresses out there, fill me in! What could I have been doing wrong?
Editor’s note: Sometimes a fabric just wants to wrinkle, especially if it’s a natural fiber fabric like this one. Things Haylee could try to lessen the wrinkling are interlining or flatlining the bodice with silk organza, or fusing the bodice pieces with a high-quality fusible interfacing. Personally I don’t think it looks bad at all, Haylee! —Meg
The bodice pattern and sleeves are vintage Simplicity 4802, I just lowered the neckline a bit and added a lining. I also made the sleeves longer and added cuffs. Then the skirt pattern is “self-drafted,” meaning I cut two large rectangles, pleated the top, and pretended like I knew what I was doing.
I added an exposed metal zipper down the back to give the dress a bit more contrast.
Overall I’m really pleased! It’s simple but sometimes those are the dresses you wear most often, you know? I’m actually making another one just like it, but just in this striped ticking fabric so I guess that goes to show you how much I like how it turned out. Haha hey, one can never have too many dresses right?