Madewell Look Alike

linen striped dress

Have you all seen the Shades of Me series that Celina and Hayley are putting together?  These amazingly talented ladies put together this series to help encourage women to sew for themselves, but also to make monochromatic looks.  I have loved watching everyone’s creations and new right away that I wanted to join in.

striped linen dress

I looked through my fabric pile (which I recently added to during Jo Ann’s clearance deals) and found this gray/blue striped linen (from Jo Ann’s for $3 a yard).  This is my color…this is a color I have always gravitated towards, and I love the fabric even more because it is linen.

handmade dress

Okay fabric in hand I went to look at pinterest.  I have seen this Madewell dress popping up in my pinterest feed forever, and new I wanted to recreate it.  I finally pinned it and started looking through my patterns to find a bodice that might be similar.  I landed on vintage McCalls 8886 from the 1960s and used the jumpsuit as my bodice.  I added sleeves from Grainline’s Scout Tee pattern and made up my own pleated skirt!

striped dress

It is amazing how vintage patterns fit perfectly, straight out of the envelope.  I didn’t make a single change to the bodice and it fits like the designer was taking my exact measurements when she was drafting the pattern. I took my time on some extra details, like adding cuffs that had the stripes going in opposite directions and hand stitching the hem of the dress.

striped dress closeup

I love the final product and think it mimics the Madewell dress almost identically.  I’m so glad Celina and Hayley had this sew along to help me jump into my fabric stash and sew up an entire outfit (which I haven’t done in a while)!

P.S. This is my first foray into remote control, tripod picture taking.  I am apparently not very good at hiding that little remote…

handmade striped dress

  • Renee //nearest the pin

    Cute!! Very well done on mixing those patterns together. I didn’t notice the camera remote until you mentioned it, so you’ve done a fine job with that too :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee! You are super sweet!

  • Renee

    Oh, love this dress. It looks so comfortable yet put together. beautiful fabric. And the pleats! love the pleats.

    • Teresa

      Thanks Renee…I love pleats over gathering, any day!

  • angela denny fleming

    Very cute! I love that Madewell dress, and yours is just darling. Good buy on the linen, grey is one of my favorite colors also!

    • Teresa

      Thanks…I wore it to church yesterday and received many compliments! That always feels good when it is something I made!

  • Rachel

    Great dress! That fabrics suits the look so well. I think you did well with the remote, nice group of pictures :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Rachel! I would love to practice more with the tripod and remote!

  • Heather Feather

    It’s perfect! I can’t believe you found fabric for that price and that it’s like your original inspiration! Great job putting all the different patterns together!

    • Teresa

      I was so blessed to receive a gift card for Christmas, and then there was so much fabric clearanced out! We live in a small town, so the clearance section is usually very full!

  • Jenya

    If you have not mentioned the remote I would have never known! The dress is gorgeous and fits your perfectly :) Well done :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Jenya~ I love the shirt you made for yourself!

  • Amy mayen

    It’s beautiful, and you look gorgeous, as always:)

    • Teresa

      You are so sweet Amy, thanks :)

  • Shelley

    Beautiful dress, Teresa!! Very cool pattern mash-up, and perfect fabric for the job. Your photos are gorgeous and the remote is not noticeable.
    Great job!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Shelley! I need to dive into my vintage pattern stash more often. There are some gems in there :)

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  • laura

    super cute! Well done! visiting from Project Sewn

    • Teresa

      Thanks Laura!

  • Sara

    Love the dress! And the fabric! Oh, and great job with the remote. :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Sara…I need to take that remote out for another spin to get more practice!

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