Bridgetown Backless Dress >> MaddieMadeThis.comHey all!  I hope your week is going super well.  This is basically my last week of classes — maybe ever!  I can’t believe that my time in grad school has gone so quickly.  I also can’t believe that it’s the end of April.  This week totally snuck up on me, especially between writing a paper and making a dress for a charity event this weekend.  Luckily for me, the Bridgetown Backless Dress is such a quick make!  It’s this month’s Project #SewMyStyle garment, and while our usual share date is the last Sunday of the month, we’re talking about it today here!

The Bridgetown Backless Dress

I made the Bridgetown Backless Dress in view C and a size 4.  I used a Kaufman Brussels Washer Linen — actually the same one I used for my Easter dress, just a different color!  It’s 52″ wide, and the pattern doesn’t give a yardage for that width.  I split the difference between the 44″ and 60″ yardages and ordered 2.  I should have ordered a little more.  The dress is a socially acceptable length, but I would have loved a little more in the skirt.  I had literally no fabric left over, though.

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I don’t think I would recommend this fabric for this dress.  The linen is a linen-rayon blend, so it does have some drape.  But it’s just too stiff right now to look good.  The sleeves stick out kind of weirdly.  I’m hoping that with some more time in the dryer, it’ll loose some of that stiffness but I’m not optimistic.  I also wish I had picked a different color.  I think I look like I’m wearing a hospital gown…

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tried it both ways – v neck in the front and back.

Sewing the Bridgetown

The Bridgetown is such a quick and easy sew!  It took me maybe an hour and a half, start to finish.  I added in a little pom pom trim to the back, as well.  I attached it between the back pieces and the facing, but not around the front neck.  I don’t have a ton to say about the sewing process, because it really was just that simple.

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Other Thoughts

You know, I don’t feel like I often have flops when sewing.  Sure, I make mistakes, but I don’t usually finish a garment and say, “Ohhhhhh, no.”  Unfortunately, the two Sew House Seven patterns I’ve made have made me say that.  I don’t think it’s because the patterns are bad!  I just think they’re not my style.

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Besides the previously stated issues with fabric and color, I feel like this dress fits me weird.  I think the neck is really high in the front, which I don’t like.  I also feel like it makes me look bigger than I am when I’m wearing it the right way (V in the back).  The elastic is at my natural waist, so this shouldn’t be happening.  If I thought I was actually going to wear this dress, I would go back in and take some width out of the front piece.  I think this odd fit is partially due to the fabric.  Still, I think that maybe Sew House Seven patterns just aren’t for me.

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can’t take backyard photos without Stanley!


Yardage needed: More than I had!  I wish I had bought 2 1/4 yards of 54″

Level: Beginner

Time: approximately 3 hours

General modifications: Added a pom pom trim

#SewingTall modifications: Should have added 2″ to the skirt