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The Bridgetown Backless Dress

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


  1. That’s such a bummer about the Bridgetown – you solidified all my concerns with it though. The front neckline was super concerning to me and I am a little fuller in the chest (is that the most appropriate way to say that) so I was pretty sure I couldn’t wear it backwards without feeling uncomfortable. Have you tried the Alberta Street Pencil Skirt? That’s my favorite Sew House Seven pattern – and it’s a totally different vibe than her other patterns. I leave off the pockets for a more dressy look.

    1. I tried it both ways and liked it backwards more, but I’m not super busty. I haven’t tried that skirt – as much as I love the look of pencil skirts I’m realizing they just don’t work in my wardrobe.

  2. Ah, I have this on my cutting table now and I’ve been dragging my feet because… well… I just think it looks really ill-fitting, even on the model. And unfortunately, cutting out the pattern pieces hasn’t eased my mind at all— it is basically a dartless sack (another pattern with rectangles sewn together). Also, I have a short torso and a high waist, so those “blouson” type dresses end up ballooning out on the bodice instead of draping nicely. I’m hoping shortening the bodice significantly will do the trick, but who knows? Anyway, thanks for sharing your version! At least the color is lovely on you!

    1. I have a super short torso also (comparatively, since I am also quite tall) and didn’t feel like it was the bodice length that wasn’t working, since you need that for the drape in the back. I would have taken some of the width out of my center instead if I were to do it again. I also definitely didn’t use the right fabric. I had a feeling this style wasn’t for me, but I was excited about my little Pom Pom trim… thanks for the compliment and for reading!

      1. The pom pom trim is super cute! I think you should definitely use that idea again in the future for a different dress, because it really is such a creative feature. Maybe even for a front wrap dress or a robe of sorts? I ended up making it in a rayon challis and chopped 2.5 inches off the bodice… plus I dropped the elastic waist and made it into a drawstring, and I think that actually helped the whole thing work. It does a lot less of the blouson thing. I haven’t blogged it yet though (still writing out the post)!

        1. Thank you! I definitely want to incorporate it into another garment, since I love pom poms! I’ll keep an eye out for your post!

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