Hi! I had the opportunity to test Sew Straight and Gather's Ladies Avenue dress this last week! I have sewn the Ladies Legend dress and I always get compliments on it. I also picked up the girls Avenue collection but haven't sewn any yet because it was far too hot to think about pants and cardis. Of course the weather has since turned but I'm still sewing for Disneyworld. As luck would have it I managed to make this test work for my plans.
The Ladies Avenue is designed to flatter your curves and comes in sizes xxs-4xl. It features a regular back and a scooped back with optional bands. There are three sleeve lengths and four hem lengths, as well as options for a single slit or double slit. It has trimless pages and the option to print in layers.
My measurements put me in a medium for upper bust and hips and a m/l for waist. I initially sewed a medium in scuba and didn't feel comfortable in it so I passed it on to a friend (unfinished since she knows how to sew haha). I sized up to a large with the scuba, graded to a m in the hips and it was much better. I had a serious challenge hemming it because it didn't like my ball point or stretch or universal needle or regular foot or walking foot or regular thread or eloflex thread (that I fortunately found at my local hobby lobby since an employee told me they didn't carry it). I ended up gluing (!!!) the hems and so far it's worked great. I used my wonder clips to clamp it down. Luckily it serged beautifully.
This one is a large graded to a medium in the hips (with better blending to the smaller size than the blue one) in cotton lycra from Joanns. It's the same fabric as my daughters' Schooner tees and I have been saving it for the perfect pattern. I love how this pattern fits in cotton lycra! I love how it fits in the back.
I am eager to make one for Ansley (who took these pictures!)- probably a maxi length because that's what she's been asking for. Maybe I can coordinate it with her Halloween costume.... I am also thinking about copying the tester who thought about making a rash guard with this pattern next summer.
The ladies and girls Avenue Dresses are on sale through October 3, 2017 for only $5 CAD (which is like $4 U.S. Dollars) and then will be only $8 CAD for the rest of the week.
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