Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Maddox by Blaverry

I recently had the privilege of being a tester for Blaverry’s Maddox Dress. Christie is adding options to many of her existing patterns and for Maddox that means sleeves, along with a few other features. The Maddox is such a fun dress for a young girl, my model isn’t one of my kids this time, Miss R is my neighbor’s daughter and one of Emily’s favorite people!  

Miss R was pretty excited about being able to pick out her own fabric, and she decided on this combination from my stash. I was ecstatic she chose this pink voile, I had purchased it on sale at JoAnns a few years ago and have never put it to use - it finally has a use!

The Maddox is a great pattern, it features a curved hem with facing, button placket, cuffs and pockets. For sleeve lengths there are four versions: sleeveless, short, half and long sleeves. This is an intermediate pattern, and there were some moments while sewing that I had to put some thought into what I was doing. I’ve never done a front button placket, cuffs or that many button holes before - but the drafting is impeccable and that really helped me get great results.

With the cotton voile (at least I think it is :) I used chambray for the pockets, facing and cuffs. The pattern calls for a medium woven and since this fabric was lightweight I interlined the dress portion with a cotton muslin, leaving the sleeves unlined. Leaving the sleeves unlined was a great decision, though next time I will probably interface the seam allowances to provide more support. The pattern also calls for snaps on the placket and pockets, however I substituted them for buttons with no issues. I did sew the buttonholes on the pocket flaps before attaching it to the garment. I love my machine, but it’s a little picky. The automatic buttonhole feature is amazing, but it doesn’t want anything in it’s path - or else it retaliates with wonky results!

I was provided this pattern for free since I was a tester, however I was not asked to promote it or post about it on this blog - I just enjoyed this pattern and the results. I have another Maddox planned for my own daughter in the near future!!

Written by: Shawna

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