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!

Dress made with striped silk from Mood Fabrics and inspired by a dress from Madewell.

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.

Dress made with striped silk from Mood Fabrics and inspired by a dress from Madewell.

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

Dress made with striped silk from Mood Fabrics and inspired by a dress from Madewell.

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. ;)

Dress made with striped silk from Mood Fabrics and inspired by a dress from Madewell.

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? :)

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  • oonaballoona
    October 25, 2013

    beautifully simple and you can do SO much with it…i need to take a lesson from you, because i look at this and immediately think “if i had a dress like that in my closet i’d know what to wear!”

    • Haylee
      October 25, 2013

      Ah Oona thank you! That means a lot. :)

  • Ginger
    October 25, 2013

    Oooh, that is CUTE! I love this little guy! What a sweet dress!

    • Haylee
      October 25, 2013

      Thanks Sonja!

  • Autumn
    October 25, 2013

    I like the dress a lot. Your backdrop is incredible though! You look like a siren luring sailors in from the sea.. Haha! I believe you are in Utah though? So this is a salt lake?

    Nice sewing and design!
    -Autumn

    • Haylee
      October 25, 2013

      haha siren sailor, I love it! And I’ll take it :) isn’t it soo pretty? It’s Utah Lake so about an hour south of Great Salt Lake. People give it a bad rep and say it’s not that great of lake but I think it’s gorgeous!

  • Lauren
    October 25, 2013

    I was just thinking how much I love the stuff you make, because it’s so simple but it has quite an impact! This is a great versatile dress, there are soo many different wants you can wear it. And, yeah dude, your background is gorgeous!

    • Haylee
      October 25, 2013

      Lauren thank you! That really means a lot, thank you. I know I was pumped about the background, haha I’m not much of a photographer and all I have is my mom to take my photos so when I find a pretty background I’m like HECK yes. :)

  • Peter
    October 25, 2013

    I think the dress looks lovely, Haylee. And that backdrop is magnificent!

    • Haylee
      October 25, 2013

      Thanks so much Peter!!

  • Elle
    October 25, 2013

    Beautiful dress. You have a great sense of style.

    • Haylee
      October 26, 2013

      Thanks Elle! That’s really made me feel good for you to say, thank you. :)

  • Lori
    October 25, 2013

    This is such a pretty dress, Haylee, you look beautiful. Great photo shoot, too.

    • Haylee
      October 26, 2013

      Thanks so much Lori! That’s really, really thoughtful of you to say, thank you so much.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 26, 2013

    One can never have too many dresses is correct! You look beautiful in this style and color. Hope you wear it a lot :)

  • Carolyn
    October 26, 2013

    I remember being a college student and squeezing sewing in between studying. So I’m in awe of this wonderful dress you’ve made. The details make it special and lovely! Great job and I’m sure the second dress will be just as pretty.

  • Sandra
    October 26, 2013

    What a great dress. I love the exposed metal zipper, it just makes sense on the denim.

  • Amy
    October 26, 2013

    You always make the cutest clothes. I love the stripe play here. I think I’d find a reason to wear this dress every week. And, what stunning photos!

  • Patrice
    October 27, 2013

    Pretend you know what you’re doing, ha ha. I think you have at least a glimmer! It looks great on your slim figure.

  • Amanda S.
    October 27, 2013

    This is super cute! Lovely color on you and the back exposed zip is right on trend.

  • Janine Whisler
    October 28, 2013

    In that dress you’re probably considered a better than average dresser at school, so don’t mind those wrinkles! Which, btw, I don’t really even see at all. Great little wear to anything dress!

  • Diana
    November 9, 2013

    A really pretty little dress that will take you to so many places I’m sure. Love it!

  • Candyce Nicole
    November 12, 2013

    I can’t decide what’s more beautiful…your dress or that background!

    Ummmm….I’m going with the dress!!