The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

I have often heard that everyone girl needs a little black dress, but I think that needs to be changed to say that every girl needs a little black Avenue dress! This new pattern from Sew Straight & Gather can be made into a beautiful top or dress. I made my dress with short sleeves, calf length hem with a slit in the back, and with the drop back and bands. There are many options to choose from: 4 hem lengths (top, knee, calf and ankle), 3 sleeve lengths (short, 3/4 and long), and a drop back with bands or crew neck with regular back. With all these options, you can make many different garments with the pattern.

 The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

This dress is very form fitted, and fabric choice is important. I used a black cotton spandex knit with good recovery (when stretched it returns back to the original shape) from Girl Charlee. I have always been uncomfortable with my curves, especially since my hips are 10 inches bigger than my waist. This dress is the first dress that I have ever worn where I felt comfortable with my curves. I love that sewing my own clothing allows me to get a custom fit, and that helps me to feel better about how I look and feel in my clothes.

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The drop back and band details are such a fun addition to the pattern. I have many ideas of how I plan to “hack” the pattern when I sew it again. There were some beautiful hacks from other testers, including bows on the bands and lace inside the drop back.

 

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

I am often asked about pattern testing and why I choose to test. There are many reasons I love testing, and really I should probably write a whole post about it, but one of the reasons I love testing is that it helps to push me out of my comfort zone. I was asked to test the calf length hem for this dress, and I would never have chosen that length on my own. Being 5’1″, I thought the calf length would not be flattering on my petite height. I was so wrong, and I love the length of this dress.

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

The Avenue top and dress pattern is such a beautiful pattern that I would definitely recommend! Even with all the options and details, it is not a difficult sew and the instructions are easy to follow.

The Avenue dress from Sew Straight & Gather. The perfect date night dress. Knit PDF sewing pattern. Stitched by Jennie

Pattern: The ladies Avenue top and dress from Sew Straight & Gather

Recommendations: Use a fabric with good recovery, and embrace your curves!

Fabric: Black cotton spandex from Girl Charlee.

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