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Plaid Madison - Mod Kangaroo Pocket Dress

Added Nov 25, 2012

by fraiche

Cambridge, Massa...






Soooo I started this dress 2 years ago after winning a new sewing machine from Burdastyle. I had just finished my first formal sewing class and went all out making a full muslin and multiple versions of the pattern. Then, predictably, I ran out of steam — annoyed by my self-imposed tedium. Then I moved! So the dress went in a bag in the sewing machine box for a very long time, only to be rediscovered last night as I tore through my closet dramatically sighing, “Oh I’ve nothing to wear to the ballet!”. I finished it in about 20 minutes, so I learned a valuable lesson about not getting scared by patterns. The result is pretty good — maybe the muslin fit me 2 years ago but I still think the bodice on this was too big for me, especially in the back. I’d love to make another out of super tight silk jersey.

I should add, I left out the slit in the back of the skirt and made the front and back darts much longer to try to get it tighter. I’m petite with a short torso, and found the pattern cut straight was WAY too long on top.

Material Notes

Ugh. What was I thinking 2 years ago?! At the time I thought this purple-blue-brown-gold poly-wool plaid was Mad Men, but now it looks more like Ted Baxter’s leisure pants…

One 9 in invisible zipper

I did not interface the collar as recommended. I think the drape looks gorgeous.



Related Techniques


Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Geek, Mod
Blends, Knits/Jersey, Suiting, Wool

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    Dec 3, 2012, 03.38 PMby joost52

    The drape does indeed look gorgeous. As does the entire thing for that matter ;)

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    Nov 27, 2012, 04.14 PMby hibblenn

    Love this dress. It looks great. You’ve inspired me to start on something. I’m a newbie with a new sewing machine. I’ve done simple stuff but have yet to sew from a pattern.

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      Nov 29, 2012, 03.48 AMby fraiche

      This will be a great starter project! The pattern comes together very simply and doesn’t have any tricky stitches. Good luck!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 03.35 PMby pixiesam

    What a gorgeous dress. It looks great in the fabric you chose, much nicer than the original.

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      Nov 27, 2012, 01.49 AMby fraiche

      Thanks! I have to agree the wrinkly neon-Easter fabric in the sample is probably why this awesome pattern wasn’t more popular. She looks like a Peep!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 12.47 PMby toupinette

    I agree… very Mad Men… looks great an you! Definitly a great job!

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    Nov 26, 2012, 06.20 AMby Mary Athey

    i.m glad you fimished it as its gorgeous x

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    Nov 26, 2012, 02.45 AMby kisses

    Really nice dress that will suit me perfectly for work. I especially like the top

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    Nov 25, 2012, 08.24 PMby Lora Martinez

    I love this style of dress, looks great on you.

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      Nov 25, 2012, 08.43 PMby fraiche


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    Nov 25, 2012, 07.25 PMby Karen Thoonen

    I love your dress! which pattern did you use!? I’d like to make me one!

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    Nov 25, 2012, 07.18 PMby pauline alice

    This dress is beautiful and definitely looks like it belongs to one of the cast of Mad men.

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