With the release of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, we offer a DIY Sewing Kit for our A-Line Dress. This dress is part of our DIY Sewing Kit Collection. Made from our medium-weight 100% organic cotton jersey, the dress is patterned with our Magdalena Stencil and shown here worked in negative reverse appliqué; however, you may choose a technique from any of our books or Swatch of the Month to embellish this kit.

The A-Line dress has been a popular style around our studio because it flatters almost every figure; in fact, we use this dress as part of our uniform for The Factory Store and Café. The kit—or the finished dress—also makes it an excellent gift, as it does not require strict measurements to fit. It is substantial enough to be worn in any weather and works as a versatile layering piece. My daily uniform consists of the A-Line Dress paired with a basic or embellished version of our Every Day Long Skirt.


Choose your own fabric and thread color when ordering your kit or you can opt to create your own version using our Custom DIY kit option


DIY Magdalena A-Line Dress Kit

If you opt to cut your own A-Line Dress without a prepared kit, you will need 4 total yards of fabric—2 yards for the outer layer and 2 for the inner layer.

Basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins, needles
Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for instructions on completing embroidery and construction techniques.

Complete your negative reverse appliqué embellishment before beginning construction. Refer to page 99 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design for instructions and photographs.

We currently don’t offer the A-Line Dress pattern in our Studio Book series, but you can create the dress by following construction instructions for the Fitted Dress on page 52 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. Look for the A-Line Dress pattern in our upcoming Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, available for pre-order now.



Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight organic cotton jersey
Fabric color – Italian Plum
Button Craft thread – Burgundy #41B
Textile paint color – White Gold
Stencil – Magdalena
Knots – Outside
Seams – Inside felled
Binding stitch – Cretan


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    1. Alabama Chanin

      Hi Rachael,
      The T-shirt sleeve is not a perfect fit for the A-line dress armhole. You can, however, make alterations to the T-shirt sleeve to create a new sleeve pattern for the A-line:
      Measure the armhole (assuming it is already sewn together at the shoulder but not the side seam) taking into account 1/4″ on each side for seam allowance. Draw the 1/4″ seam allowance onto the sleeve pattern piece along the cap, then measure the sleeve cap between those lines. Any difference between the two measurements can be divided in half and then either taken out or added to the sides of the sleeve cap as necessary.
      If you need any further assistance, feel free to call us at 256-760-1090 or email