PatternReview Winter Street Dress

Welcome to the second stop of the Winter Street Dress blog tour!!  If you missed the first stop at Sew Crafty Chemist, drop by and catch up with Nakisha.  Her Winter Street Dress is

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A Dress for All Seasons

The Winter Street Dress is the cousin of the Summer Street Dress. Between these two dresses, you have all seasons covered.   The Winter Street dress is a great for winter but also as transitional dress with the different sleeve lengths.  The skirt has box pleats in the front and back giving it a tulip shape.  The skirt falls above the knee which is perfect wear with tall boots in the Winter.  Read more about it on the PatternReview Blog.  For my Winter Street, I made a California winter version.  It doesn’t get that cold here so I made the elbow length sleeve with the flounces that brings it to about 3/4 sleeve length.

PR Winter Street Dress


Indecisiveness for the Win

The pattern recommends a medium weight knit like ponte for a structured look.  For the flounce version, they recommend a fabric with drape.  I wanted the structured skirt and the soft flounce sleeve, so what’s a sewist to do?  I did both!!  I modified the bodice to have the sheer knit fabric on top and ponte de roma fabric on the bottom.  To do this I drew a horizontal-ish line at around underarm level, cut the front and back bodice along the line and added 3/8” seam allowance to each portion.

Contrast Bodice

I sewed the top and bottom piece of the bodice back together and proceeded as normal.  I’ve been seeing this contrast top look everywhere and really love it.


I Need More Curves

Another slight modification I did was to make the skirt a bit more tulip shaped.  The skirt on the pattern is a straighter down the side seams.  I needed more shaping to hide the mostly shapeless body underneath.  It was really easy modification.  I took a hip curve ruler and drew a gentle curve starting at the hips and gradually tapering in towards the hem.  The taper should be about an 1” at the hem for a total of -4″ in hem circumference.  You can free hand this if you don’t have a hip curve ruler.

Tulip Skirt

Fit Modifications

Surprisingly I didn’t need too many modifications for fit.  The dress is drafted for a C-cup and I’m an A-cup.  I didn’t have a need for a SBA because the style is a looser fit.  I also didn’t have to make any shoulder slope or petite adjustment which is a first.

I did have to make adjustment to the front bodice and skirt piece.  The skirt pattern is the same for the front and the back.  I have a lot more junk in the trunk.  My earlier claims is a *mostly* shapeless body.  I ended up taking the front in by about 1” on each side seam for a total of -2”.  This caused the pleats to be too far out giving me that not-so-flattering winged look.  Simple fix, I moved the pleats in closer to the center front.

Front Pleats

The change in the front skirt also meant that I had to adjust the front bodice to match at the waist.  To do this I drew a line from the underarm sleeve and tapered in at the waist 1”.

More Eye Candy

Isn’t my dress beautiful and oh so stylish?!?  I really love the dress with the sleeves and contrast bodice.  Read more on my Pattern Review.



Finished Winter Street Collage

Winter Street Dress Blog Tour Continues

The Winter Street Dress Blog tour has many more stops.  I can’t wait to see all the different versions.  Tomorrow’s stop is the brilliant Velosewer at  http://www.cleverthinking99.com/  Come join us for a lot more Winter Street fun.  Blog tour schedule is below.

  1. Sew Crafty Chemist    4/2/2014
  2. Detective Houndstooth  4/3/2014
  3. How good is that?  4/4/2014
  4. Trumbelina Sews   4/5/2014
  5. daniKate Designs  4/6/2014
  6. Sherril’s Sewing Saga  4/7/2014
  7. Sharon Sews  4/8/2014
  8. Stitchin’ in My Kitchen  4/9/2014
  9. sewing forward
  10. Hellou’s Handmades  4/11/2014
  11. Crafted by Carrie  4/12/2014
  12. Beyond the Basic Block   4/13/2014
  13. Jan Made  4/14/2014
  14. Julia Bobbin  4/15/2014

Happy Winter Dress Sewing,

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22 Responses to PatternReview Winter Street Dress

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  2. KelySews says:

    I really love your dress…great colors and fit, I like how you posted the changes you made with the ruler. I have one as a newbie but have no clue how to use it

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  4. Mads says:

    I love what you’ve done with the color blocking and mixing fabric types–it looks great!

    PS: I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out on my blog (http://lifeinamadshouse.wordpress.com/2014/04/09/the-liebster-award/) if you like. =) I really enjoy reading about your projects; you make really cool stuff!

  5. Jan says:

    I love your version go the Winter Street Dress! Very creative!

  6. Nakisha says:

    First – gorgeous!!! I love the contrast! LOVE IT!

    Second – thanks for the compliment on mine 🙂 I really enjoyed how this one came together!!

  7. Nina says:

    Oh this is genius! I love it!

  8. aleah says:

    I love the contrast top, great idea! And I am also super envious of your new backyard – look at all those lemons! I want to come hang out in your vineyard too 🙂

  9. Ms. McCall says:

    Are you in a vineyard?? Don’t tell me there are vineyards up there? I might have to come visit asap – work be damned!

    I love the fun fabric in manageable doses with the colourblocking. And of course you continue to tease us non-coverstitching people with your lovely neckline treatment hahah. Great dress! I’m going to take some of that ponte off your hands soon!

    • LOL! I’m in my back yard!! There is a small patch of grapes planted in the back that is wine quality grapes. So one could call it a vineyard. But there is no wine producing going on. Yes, you must come asap.

      You’re welcome to come over for some grapes, ponte and cover stitch time.

  10. Vanessa says:

    You made a beautiful version of the Winter Street dress! The contrasting fabric is awesome! This is my first visit to your blog–I like it!!

    • Hi Vanessa!! Welcome to my little corner of the sewing blog-o-sphere. I just started the blog a few months ago so I’ve got a lot to learn. Any suggestions? I’m all ears. Thanks for the compliments.

  11. Deepika says:

    Nhi, What a wonderful post. And what a fantastic dress. I wouldn’t have thought of color blocking but I am totally going to try it. The purple ponte is gorgeous.

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