I can’t pass up a blog tour especially for someone as sweet and talented as Olga at Coffee + Thread patterns. I’ve loved testing for her over the years and her patterns are always so well done and amazing.
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I sewed up a pretty Madrid for the Madrid Tour last year and made one of my favorite makes of 2019. My crepe maxi Madrid was the dress dreams are made of and I feel like a princess every time I wear it. For this year, I knew I needed another Madrid dress but I wanted to do something totally different.
I used a gorgeous teal rayon linen from Raspberry Creek fabrics. I’m on a mission to sew up every color of this remarkable fabric. Teal is one of my favorite colors to wear and this vibrant shade is just exquisite. It’s a medium weight which makes it easy to sew but not too stiff giving this dress just the body I wanted.
I sewed up a size 4 and graded out to a 6 at the waist. I’m right in between a 4 and 6 and went down knowing this fabric would be a little boxier. I did the same sleeve alteration as my last Madrid since I’m still in love with bishop sleeves. I simply drew a straight line from the underarm and added two inches to the length to give a little fullness (and because I usually have to lengthen long sleeves a bit). For this version, I did midi length, the perfect all season length in my opinion. I think with the right accessories and shoes this dress will be worn year-round.
Don’t you love when a garment makes you feel amazing?! This one is comfortable but still has a bit of a wow factor. It’s casual enough to wear to church or can be dressed up for a fun date night.
My cute hubby met me for lunch and took pictures for me and was such a good sport. It was FREEZING this afternoon and he had me giggling through my shivering. He’s a keeper for sure!
Make sure you follow Coffee + Thread on Instagram to see all the incredible makes each day. I’ve been so inspired already! The sewing community is so amazing!
I love a good blog/Instagram tour, especially when it’s for one of my favorite designers. I jumped at the chance to join the Madrid Dress tour for the lovely Olga of Coffee and Thread patterns. I’ve been wanting to sew up this pattern since it came out and this was just the nudge I needed.
The Madrid Dress and Top is a faux wrap bodice with multiple sleeve styles and three length options. It comes in sizes 2-20 and the tutorial is top notch. Olga always does an amazing job with her patterns and I know I can count on them to fit great and come together smoothly and easily.
For my dress, I used a beautiful crepe from La Finch Fabrics. I snagged this fabric as an end of bolt deal (it’s out of stock but keep your eyes peeled for another end of bolt deal) and wasn’t quite sure what it was going to become. As soon as I had it in my hands I knew it needed to shine as a dramatic maxi dress. The print is so pretty and full of my favorite colors (that navy and yellow combo never gets old). The weight and drape make it so nice to wear.
For my version, I had a little fun with the pattern. I switched up the tiered skirt to be one full-length skirt. I used the full width of fabric for both the skirt front and back making it feel like a princess gown! It’s so full and twirly but the lightness of the fabric keeps it from being too poofy.
I did a full bishop sleeve using the existing long sleeve pattern piece. I straightened out the sleeve taper on both sides and added an inch for the elastic casing. I love love bishop sleeves. They add a little drama but the cinched elastic at the wrist keeps them practical and out of the way.
I had so much inspiration for this dress. It all started about a year ago when I spotted a gal out and about in a gorgeous bishop sleeve wrap front maxi dress. It looked effortlessly chic and oh so comfortable. I couldn’t get it out of my head. This version, this pretty short version, and this cute hi-low beauty convinced me I needed my own boho-inspired dress. I love being able to take all the little details of my inspiration and make them a reality that fits my needs and vision. This dress exceeded all my wildest dreams.