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Pattern Reviews> Textile Studio> 1409 (Madison Avenue Dress)

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Posted on:4/27/03 8:54 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people    Very Helpful by 13 people   
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magsfs said... (11/10/08 2:34 PM) Reply
beautiful job; it's gorgeous on you.
ryan's mom said... (12/16/05 7:56 PM) Reply
I'm reviewing this pattern because I'm going to make it soon and all I can say is "WOW!" Your dress looks better than the pattern envelope by far! So lovely!
Maria Hatfield said... (1/18/05 12:16 PM) Reply
WOW Deepika, You look Dynamite !
B. Peg said... (4/30/03 4:27 PM) Reply
Nice. (...i'm jealous!...)
alex said... (4/28/03 10:56 PM) Reply
The dress is gorgeous, and I like the shouders on you. BTW, I edited your points for the new tech's and stash yardage (odd numbers round up.)
AnneM said... (4/28/03 10:03 PM) Reply
I was talking about a rayon slinky that they had, but I looked & they don't have it any more. Thanks again for this review; I really like this style.
Debspuncturedthumb said... (4/28/03 9:17 PM) Reply
Just wanted to add this, if you want to do this in a fabric with a pattern you'll need to make sure to 'match' the pattern along the seam lines. If you decide to do this perhaps bringing the pattern with you and laying is out in the store this way you know the pieces are laid out properly and you buy the correct yardage allowing for the seamline pattern matching!
Sherril Miller said... (4/28/03 9:14 PM) Reply
Oh Deepika, what a lovey thing you are! Inside and out. That dress on you makes me dream of my young adulthood. If I were just 20 years younger I'd run out and buy that pattern too. But I still wouldn't look as stunning as you do! - Sherril
Debspuncturedthumb said... (4/28/03 9:06 PM) Reply
Deepika, Lovely pattern and fabric/color choice! I see what the designer has done with the semi-sleeve cap that you are a tad uncomfortable with is to provide a slimming and 'visual balance' in coordination with the slightly flared hem along with the slightly 'retro' feel to the design. I think a sleeveless treatment would be OK but would slightly eliminate the overall visual effect, experiment and have fun! I can easily see this in a cotton jersey knit with small black polkadot with white background and maybe a 1/4" black trim accenting the V-neck with the sleeve caps eliminated for a breezy 'springtime' style and worn with a black sash, black sandals and broad rimmed hat-something fun to wear to a spectator event!
Deepika said... (4/28/03 6:26 PM) Reply
Skymom come to think of it my stitch length was about 2... Thanks for the suggestion on changing the cutting width. Carol yeah I read that tip on the electric shaver too! How clever. I'll have to try that. AnneM if you are talking about the matt jersey from then its very polyestery. I personally dont feel comfortable in it but its perfect for this dress! Eileen thanks again for a good description of your alterations. They really helped me. I too want to make a cardigan for this... I even found a cute pattern. What do you think? Thanks again everyone for your nice comments.
Carol Wisman said... (4/28/03 5:28 PM) Reply
Deepika, That dress is GREAT! I totally LOVE it. Beatiful Job! You might try "shaving" off those wiskers w/ an old electric shaver, a tip I read in Threads (April?), not a sweater "Depiller" but an actual electric shaver.
AnneM said... (4/28/03 3:34 PM) Reply
I have round nice rayon / lycra at, although I don't know if it a regularly stocked item.
Eileen said... (4/28/03 3:18 PM) Reply
Deepika, your dress is really wonderful. I've made five in different fabrics and wear them all. I love the lettuce edging and will use that on my next one. For me these make great "wear to work" dresses with a matching cardigan. I really like the way the V-neck is made.
Leslie in Austin said... (4/28/03 2:42 PM) Reply
Great color and dynamite fit on you, Deepika. Love the lettuce edge!
Lou. said... (4/28/03 11:17 AM) Reply
Love this dress Deepika, it looks great and I think "NEED" it!!
Skymom said... (4/28/03 10:30 AM) Reply
Totally stunning, Deepika. The dress is really, really elegant, and what a wonderful color on you. About the rayon knit: did you pretreat it, and if so, how? Rayon scares me because it can shrink so much, and not evenly, either--I have a rayon knit t-shirt that gets an inch shorter and wider every time it goes into the laundry (mostly I can stretch it to a wearable, if cropped size), and I would hate to make such a terrific dress and have it do the same. I love the rayon/polyester/lycra blends that you can find in RTW, but I don't think I've ever seen yardage in that mix, alas. How did you do the lettuce hem--with a 3-thread rollled hem? I've gotten those whiskery things when roll-hemming wovens and rib-knits, but not flat knits. Maybe your stitch length could be just a tiny bit shorter? Another trick is to leave the cutting width pretty wide (most sergers instruct you to use a narrow cutting width), so there's more fabric within the stitch to roll; that can beef up the hem slightly, but may prevent threads from escaping, too. Gosh, if I had a figure like yours (I guess I'd need be to 10 years younger!), I would wear that dress, too.
Gigi Louis said... (4/28/03 10:14 AM) Reply
Your dress turned out fantastic! It really shows off your figure. :-)
Deepika said... (4/28/03 9:57 AM) Reply
Wow! Thank you so much for such nice comments on the dress. I love the fabric but the only thing is that it will show all the lumps and bumps (Shh... I am holding my stomach in while taking the picture ;-)) I guess any knit fabric with good stretch and drape would work. The lettuce edging was the first time I tried it and since the fabric wasn't too thin I got "whiskers". They are not very noticable but I'd like to practice lettuce edging more. Gorgeous things no I dont know where to get Rayon lycra. This was a gift from Gigi. I was telling Gagan (DH) that he HAS to take me out now ;-)
Rennie Ashby said... (4/28/03 9:43 AM) Reply
Love the color and style on you. Simply TDF!
Lisa Laree said... (4/28/03 1:09 AM) Reply
Wow! You're right -- very RTW! Great job!
Pam Z said... (4/28/03 1:09 AM) Reply
You look beautiful in your new dress :) Lovely results!
Everyday Sewist said... (4/28/03 0:06 AM) Reply
The dress looks great, and a good color for you too. Great job!
GorgeousFabrics said... (4/27/03 11:49 PM) Reply
Beautiful Deepika, you and the dress! Great review. Do you know any good sources for Rayon knit? I'd love to try it! -Ann
SouthernStitch said... (4/27/03 11:49 PM) Reply
Very stylish and the lettuce edging was the perfect choice for hem. Great job!
Diane E said... (4/27/03 10:17 PM) Reply
Wow wow wow! This is beautiful. I love the color and shape. Now where will G take you out to dinner.......
Lynngray said... (4/27/03 10:10 PM) Reply
Deepika, you look wonderful in the dress and color also. Great review as always.
Debbie Spriggs said... (4/27/03 9:53 PM) Reply
Deepika, this dress looks spectacular on you! I'm going to have to get this pattern!
jlg said... (4/27/03 9:23 PM) Reply
Deepika, it looks fantastic on you.
AnneM said... (4/27/03 9:11 PM) Reply
I'm still thinking about this pattern - I guess I will have to "just get it". :) I really have been thinking about this since I first saw it. Your dress came out so lovely that I will have to move this up my list. Thanks for the review & the construction notes.
els said... (4/27/03 9:10 PM) Reply
Great dress Deepika and no visible stitching on the right side is not only RTW but also COUTURE
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