Tea Length Ava Dress

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It’s spring! And that seems to make me feel like making dresses.  Well, that and the wedding I’m attending at the end of April.  I’m hoping to make myself a dress to wear to it.  I found a pattern I’m super excited about to make for the wedding, but I wanted to do a test run before I tried it in the fabric I’d picked to wear to the party.  So for this version of the dress, I used some scrap netted lace I’d picked up in the remnant bin at Jo-Ann’s along with some Amy Butler voile I’d gotten on sale but didn’t really have a plan for.


The dress pattern I was testing out was the Ava dress from Victory Patterns. For my test version, I made view B in the long length.  It came out pretty good, but I decided for the party, I’ll be making the short length dress.  And I also discovered that I didn’t measure myself right when I cut out my printed (PDF) pattern, and ended up taking the dress in inches in places.  That’s why we test patterns before doing the real thing.

Ava Dress

So for the second version of my dress, I’ll be reprinting and cutting it out in a smaller and more accurate size for myself. Bonus that it won’t take as much fabric since I’m cutting down the length and size of the dress.

Ava Dress

I also had some difficulty with the sweetheart neckline on this dress, so I added myself  a crochet flower to the point to hide any messy bits. And, I can’t seem to make regular bias binding work the way I want for finishing edges, so I’ll be using some elasticized binding for my final version as well.

Ava Dress

And Jaci – just for you I totally styled this dress with my cowboy boots.

Ava Dress

I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out, but would love any tips you can give me – especially on getting that sweetheart neckline to turn out right.

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  1. anna in spain on March 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

    When you stitched the neck binding to the neckline, did you remember to clip it vertically on the curved sections, down to (but not cutting) the stitching line? If you did, I’d say your binding might be a bit too heavy for the fabric.

    • Andrea on March 31, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      It’s double fold bias, there was no cutting because both sides were stitched on at the same time. I think my solution for the real one will be to get some elastic binding, ya know… that stuff people make hair ties with. I think that will solve my problem.

      • anna in spain on April 1, 2014 at 3:21 am

        OK, well that’s it. When I use double-fold bias, I lay it open on the edge to be bound, stitch down the fold closest to the edge, clip it and then fold over and stitch down either by machine or (usually) whip it down by hand. Goes lickety-split and if you clip the curve as I said above, it lays flat beautifully. I wish I were there, I’d show you in about 2 minutes.

        • Andrea on April 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

          Thanks! I’ll look for some tutorials on YouTube.

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