Pattern Review Winter Street Dress…Styled for Spring!

Do clothes ever remind you of something that seems completely unrelated?

It actually happens to me quite often. For instance, this dress remind me of ice-cream cones in summer. It took me a while to come up with a reason why, but I’ve rationalized it must be because the colors are so similar to mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Not that I mind this association – who can resist a summers-day ice cream cone?!


I’m mad at how washed out the mint color looks in these pictures…The mint is a beautiful color in person and contrasts perfectly with the black and white. Looks just like mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Except black and not brown :)


As the title suggests, this is Deepika’s new design for Pattern Review – the Winter Street dress! (a sister to the Summer Street dress). Now I’ll be completely honest (cause that’s what reviewers are for right?!), I didn’t think the style was very ‘me’ when I printed it out. That is to say, it’s not the style I tend to gravitate towards. So I decided to make a fast muslin to check style and fit. I followed the charts and cut a straight size small. My measurements are 35.5″ bust, 28″ waist, and 36″ hips so it was a perfect size match. While taping and cutting out the paper pattern, I was worried it was going to be too small. We sewers have the ability to look at a flat pattern and instantly determine whether we think it will fit, of course I think we can all agree that we tend to overestimate our actual size. The point being, I didn’t think I’d be able to get it on!



Of course everything turned out great. The dress fits wonderfully and moreover, I love the style! The tulip skirt is flattering and the inverted pleats really do give just enough wearing ease through the belly region…so you can feel comfortable even after a big meal :)  Before making the muslin, I added 3 inches of length to the skirt for muslin but quickly found it was an unnecessary change. I love the length of the skirt as drafted and since it tapers in at the bottom there’s no need to worry about a swift wind lifting anything up!


Given that spring just sprung in Boston, I knew I wanted to adapt it for warmer weather. When I looked through my stash, I found some mint ponte (from Stylish Fabric) sitting next to white and black striped interlock fabric (from Hart’s) and I knew immediately that I needed to combine these fabrics for the dress. I’ve been drooling over all the Coco’s throughout the blogosphere and took a tip from Tilly to Breton-ize the dress by adding a striped yoke. I also shorted the sleeves.



I think all of us reviewers can agree that the pattern is super fast and easy to make, even with the contrast yoke! For this version I removed about 1/2 inch from each side of the back piece. I found that the front waistline was just the right length but the back needed to be shortened to avoid swayback drooping. I was stupid and didn’t use clear elastic to stabilize the waistline and it was obvious that the pleats were weighing down the top (this is in the instructions btw, I just didn’t follow them, whoops). So, I unpicked my overcasting and everything, and sewed clear elastic to both the skirt and bodice pieces because everything had stretched out a lot by this point. This made the pieces come back together easily and now the waistline and pleats are much more stable.

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I know I’ve got a winner when Dan approves…and he definitely gave me a thumbs-up! He’s said a few times now that this dress reminds him of something Zooey Dechanel would wear as Jess in New Girl…I guess that’s a compliment right?! DSC_0095 DSC_0111Don’t miss the other stops of the Winter Street Dress Blog Tour! So many cute dresses!

  • Jan

    I love your Winter Street Dress! The style looks great on you!

    • Carrie

      Thanks Jan!

  • Kimberly Payne

    This is such a great dress, I may need to add this to my growing list of patterns to make for myself.

    • Carrie

      Thanks! And it’s such an easy dress to make too!

  • Elizabeth P.

    I love the dress! The mint is such a nice color and it looks great with the stripes.

    • Carrie

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • blacklabel

    Such a cute dress on you…& yes, who can resist a reminder about ice-cream cones – I thought that was what summer was all about :)

    • Carrie

      haha yes to ice cream :)

  • Justine/sewcountrychick

    I would wear that a lot! It looks great on you, too!

    • Carrie

      Thanks Justine!

  • Maris Olsen

    What a cute dress! I love patterns that are really wearable – dress up, dress down – and go! Comfortable, cute, and polished – what’s not to love!

    • Carrie

      Thank you Maris! This is definitely going to become one of my ‘go-to’ dresses for the spring/summer!

  • Mrs. Smith

    So nicely done!

    • Carrie