Uptown/Downtown Dress Blog Tour

Uptown/Downtown Dress Blog Tour

I love the Uptown/Downtown Dress from SewStraightPatterns. It’s designed for knit fabric, fitted through the waist, with just the right amount of flare in the skirt.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by SewStraight Patterns

I ordered this Mint Peach Ella Stripe from Girl Charlee for the tour. It’s a jersey knit, but there’s very little stretch. The pattern recommends % stretch, so I was nervous. I sewed it anyways, because it’s such a fast dress to make. The plan was that if it was a pain to put on or take off, I’d run and get a different fabric.

Peach & Mint Striped Jersey Dress | SewsNBows

But the fabric worked out, and Sofie has worn it several times, so it’s a win. Fabric crisis averted. *wipes sweat from brow* Next time I make this dress (and there will be many next times) I’ll order something I’m familiar with, or find something in a local shop. Or, you know…read the fabric description.

Peach & Mint Striped Uptown/Downtown  Dress | SewsNBows

The pattern has several finishing techniques, sleeve variations, and a tutorial for a stretch lace overlay. I know it can be made so many ways, but I like the sporty/girly feel of my niece’s dress.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

So it was sort of fitting when Sof went after a basketball during the photo-shoot.

Uptown/Downtown Dress by Sew Straight Patterns

I really love the length on her too. It’s doesn’t impede her movement, but doesn’t show any butt when she bends and plays like a wild monkey. Also, in a medium wight jersey; there is just enough movement in the skirt for twirls and prancing, but it doesn’t lift and blow in the wind.

Dress Pattern : Ninja Approved

This dress is also suitable for ninja action…

Chillin' in the Uptown/Downtown Dress

And chillin’ like nobody’s business.

Uptown/Downtown Dress | SewsNBows

You can buy the Uptown/Downtown Dress pattern at SewStraightPatterns. Use code uptowndowntowntour for a 30% discount! Or, enter below for a chance to win a copy.

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About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Cindy

    The dress is adorable…as is your niece! I love the colors and the fit!

  2. Amy of while wearing heels

    I love it! This dress is so adorable. Glad the fabric worked out for you because that helps make it even cuter. And, I loved the band-aid accessory :)

  3. Angie

    So cute!!

  4. Sarah

    Well now THATS adorable! I’m loving this dress pattern! ♥

  5. Gina

    darling dress!!! looks like one that would be chosen every day for its cuteness and comfort. I love the little pocket you added! Little miss Sofie sure is growing up!!!

  6. Mel

    Omg she is adorable in her new dress, I love the fabric and the pattern. Great job Amy.

  7. Annie

    Cute! My favorite part is the neckline, I love how you used the stripe pattern for the neck binding. And looks like you have mastered the stripe matching!

  8. Rachel

    High fives for those matching stripes! It’s really cute I like the flair. I have this fabric in my stash too- though it’s marked for me :)

  9. Pam @Threading My Way

    This is a great design… simple top with just the right amount of flair!!! I really like the striped fabric, too.


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