Alexa tee from Tessutis is a versatile pattern and I’ve used it as the basis for this Jaywalk fabric dress.
I’ve used the black stripe for the neck and armhole bands. The elastic is encased in the joins at the waistline.
Lots of pins were used to keep the lines in place as I sewed this sweet Summer dress.
The pockets were fun to work out. I found a similar style to this dress and placed it on my stripe Pinterest board.
These patterns show the dropped neckline needed for this dress. While I’ve shaped the centre back pattern for an Alexa top, I kept the centre back on the fold so this dress top would billow.
My skirt workings are on the front top pattern piece. The skirt was basically my largest width dimension (hips) and then I added 20cm for walking space.
The top pieces are cut out and the lines align across the body.
I did test this pattern out on this remnant piece first.
The trick here was getting the navy colour to be closest to my face and the largest red stripe to sit at my hips.
The blue fabric in the pic below was the original RTW dress that was my inspiration.
Here’s how the test dress came out.
Billowing back top view
Side view to show how the stripes match.
Stripes and polo tops made sense to me, especially for weekend wear. The Jaywalk fabric from Tessutis was perfect for these tops.
I had been mulling about how to use this stripe fabric and created a Stripe pinterest board. And then I realised, I wear polo type tops on weekends anyway, hence a couple of Jaywalk tees.
Here’s where I started. The Alexa tee front piece is divided into 3 angled sections.
I’ve numbered each section and sewn these together before sewing the top.
The top piece has the stripes running across the body so this was a key piece to get right.
Then I had to match up the stripes on the sleeve.
Here’s how I had to pin the centre back together.
The collar and collar facing were taken from Butterick 3386 that I’ve used before.
See how the lines match on the sleeve and under the sleeve?
Once I’d figured out the construction, I made this again.
And I promptly wore this version last weekend.
Excuse this rear view.
Please feel free to make your own version.