The Mississippi Avenue Dress in Island Batik

A cool and breezy Sew House 7 Mississippi Ave Dress in Island Batik
Close-up of the shoulder tie
Close-up of the front waist seam detailing

The Mississippi Avenue Dress & Top from Sew House 7

The Sew House Seven Mississippi Avenue Dress & Top is the first pattern Peggy designed for her line when she started Sew House 7 in 2014, and it’s already destined to be a classic. We love her designs that conjure up the feel and vibe of Portland, Oregon.


“This is a very simple yet beautiful dress or top. It features an elasticized waist that falls just above the natural waistline, spaghetti shoulder ties, a slimming center front panel, a V-neckline and bias facings on the neck and armholes.”


0-20. Bonnie made hers in size 12.

Fabric Used:

Island Batik Rayon – Peridot Play in Blue/Green


Overall this was a great pattern. It was easy to follow, with one small exception: The directions for the front V could have been clearer or included a detailed illustration — this could be challenging for a beginner sewer to get it right! But once you get the hang of it, the dress is fairly easy to sew up. The style is flattering and unique, and the shoulder ties are added after the bodice is pieced, which allows you to make them wide enough to wear a bra underneath.

Bonnie found that the bias-cut arm and neck facings didn’t need to be quite so long. This is good to note, because it uses up a lot of fabric to cut on the bias! There was a good 4″ – 6″ of extra fabric.

What changes did you make to the pattern?

Bonnie added 4″ to length, and didn’t make it quite as full as the pattern calls for because this fabric is narrow (44″).  She also folded the elastic casing up instead of pressing down to the skirt, in order to shorten the bodice a little.  She used pre-made shoulder ties from our Frou Frou collection of trims.

Overall, Bonnie would recommend this pattern it to others. If she made it again she would shorten the bodice about 1-1.5″, but it is otherwise a good fit and great style!

This is a great summer dress, and the different length options allow for lots of variety.

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