Doris Dress by Sew Over It- Giveaway!

Long time no see!  Well it feels like it anyway.  I’ve just started a new part time job (not sewing related) & I am loving it, but my brain & all available memory cells are devoted to that at the moment.  But today’s my ‘Lady of Leisure’ (LOL) day & I have all sorts of lovely things planned to start the bank holiday weekend off with early 🙂  To start, this is a treat – I have a copy of the new dress pattern from Sew Over It – the Doris dress.  And it’s up for someone to win in a giveaway….read on!

doris

I was a pattern tester for this dress you see, & so I can show you my version of the newest pattern to be added to Sew Over It’s pattern store.  This dress has been held as a course at Sew Over It’s shops & it’s great that it’s another pattern that has existed as a course pattern that is being released for us to make at home.

Product ImageThe Doris dress a semi-fitted dress with a scooped neck and the sweetest bust pleats for delicate shaping and floaty grown-on sleeves.

doris dress

At the waist you can cinch the back with a waist ties, or a fixed back belt- or leave it if it’s too hot & you want a looser fit.  The skirt is panelled & is a really flattering shape, in two lengths (I went for the longer length).

 

The bodice has a faux button closure – the front is still made in two pieces, left & right, but the buttons are not how you get in & out of the dress.  And I didn’t even make buttonholes in mine – just sewed buttons through all layers.  There is a concealed zip in the side seam.  The bodice is finished with facings for a neat finish on the inside.

doris dress

This was a lovely dress to sew & it’s all revving on the hanger in my wardrobe desperate for some warmer weather.  My pale legs are in denial (and didn’t last long!)  It’s such a feminine dress to wear & whilst it is inspired by styles of the 1950s I vividly remember dresses like this in the 1980s.  It’s the bodice  in particular I think.

doris dress

So although this dress is a zipped up closure – I reckon it would be easy to convert it to a fully front operating button up- don’t bother with the zip & cut the centre front skirt  in half with extra facings/ seam allowances etc & you can button up all the way.

doris dress

I was provided with fabric from Sew Over It’s shop too & absolutely fell in love with this turquoise feather viscose.  I am afraid it’s not there now, but another thing I love about Sew Over It’s store, is that you can pick a garment to then find suitable fabrics- look at the choices there are for the Doris dress.  I took a long time deciding it has to be said!  Bit thought a small scale print would look cute on this style of dress.  And essential that you choose a fabric with drape if you want to showcase the nature of the skirt!

And the quality of this fabric is divine!  Absolutely heavenly.

So whilst this is my tester version I am reliably informed that there are no significant changes to bring the pattern for release.

And now onto the exciting part – if you want to win a copy of this pattern for yourself (I’m talking the printed paper pattern here folks) leave me a comment below to enter yourself in the giveaway.  I’ll send it anywhere so it’s open to you all- closes at 1200 GMT Saturday 7th May.  I’ll pick a random comment as the winner.

143 thoughts on “Doris Dress by Sew Over It- Giveaway!

  1. Andrea

    That’s a lovely style, and (if I am correct) can be quite flattering on those of us with a bit of a tummy. I like the faux buttons, I’d much rather sew in a zip than battle with buttonholes! An option for 3/4 length sleeves would be nice, although could probably be modded anyway? Work tends to be cooler in summer and I need that extra bit of arm coverage even if it’s blisteringly hot outside. That, or a cardi – I do like the Muse Jenna pattern (because it’s simple) and haven’t made the waist length one yet, I would expect it would suit this sort of style? I’m a bit belly conscious so always go for the longer cardy usually. I’ve only just started wearing things I make and will admit that I love having somethingI made to wear for work rather than the usual stuffy office wear.

    Reply
  2. Liz

    Oooo! I have been eyeing this up since Lisa’s email, but am on a self-imposed pattern-buying ban due to the sewing queue and the number of uncut, unsewn patterns I currently own… however free ones don’t count, right? 🙂

    This looks really lovely on you, and I agree with Andrea could be flattering on lots of different figures. Love the viscose too, it really makes the most of that skirt.

    Reply
  3. Helen

    This is lovely, I’m my amazing husband sews for me and I’ve dropped a couple of not so subtle hints about how nice this new pattern is, maybe I’ll just leave this post open on the laptop ?

    Reply
  4. ann Watts

    Looks lovely. I. Wasn’t entirely convinced by this pattern when I first saw it
    , but the more examples I see, the more I like it! Love thE colour of the fabric

    Reply
  5. Sewlittletime

    i really like this pattern! the dress is lovely, as is Jane’s version. looks like i would need to lengthen the skirt a fair bit – sewoverit patterns seem to come up from short in the skirt! enjoy your LOL day – hope you get loads of fun sewing done!

    Reply
  6. Frances

    I love the floaty skirt, this pattern looks like a perfect summery dress and the fabric you chose to use is beautiful.

    Reply
  7. thedementedfairy

    I think I’m usually put off by the pattern art- I just don’t like their drawing style…your dress is lovely though. I agree, I had several similar dresses in the 80s, mostly nice and long and swooshy and worn with Doc Martin’s! Please include me ion the draw

    Reply
  8. Maga

    This looks like a lovely new dress pattern and one that would suit my youngest daughter very well. I’m too long in the tooth to wear anything that hasn’t got a 3/4 length sleeve and the deep neckline is certainly not for me either. Nice to see a dress pattern that can be use for work as well as pleasure and chosing the right fabric will make a good starting point for an outfit for a summer wedding. I’ll point YDD in the direction of this. Thanks

    Reply
  9. Jan Walker

    What a lovely dress, the style and colour really suit you! I avoid putting in zips wherever possible, so I’d probably do as you suggest and make the front a proper opening. Would love to win!!

    Reply
  10. Claire Ross

    Beautiful. What a gorgeous dress and the fabric is lovely. I have been eyeing up this pattern already x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

    Reply
  11. Lisette

    It reminds me of those 70s and 80s dresses mimicking the 1930s – especially with your fabric choice. I quite like it! I wonder if one could get away with no zip…

    Reply
  12. Zoe

    Such a pretty dress, definitely has that 80s vibe, I’m sure my mum had something almost identical! If I won I might have to track down the old pics and make a copy cat!

    Reply
  13. Jane

    Ooh pretty, pretty, pretty! I agree about the neckline, it definitely has a 50’s come late 70’s/80’s vibe! Don’t enter me into the giveaway for obvious reasons please! xx

    Reply
  14. Jane

    Such a lovely dress – love the colour. It’s a shame that I have to wait a while before being able to make it up unless I can figure out a way of altering it for maternity wear! The button band would be quite easy to make it functional for nursing but the I’d probably have to swap the skirt out for a more gathered style.

    Reply
  15. Liz B

    Sew Over It dresses are always gorgeous. I agree that fabric look like a lovely weight – the colour looks wonderful on you 🙂 Thank you for sharing your finished dress and for hosting the giveaway 🙂

    Reply
  16. Kim Dickson

    I remember those button through dresses well and would love to recreate them as well as using the pattern in its original form. Your dress is lovely as usual – love reading your blog.

    Reply
  17. Jenny

    I love the look of this dress and was pleased to see it offered as a pattern. It certainly looks good in that fabric and I agree about their nice range of fabrics and the fact that you can find a fabric suitable their pattern by one click. It takes the guesswork out of it.

    Reply
  18. Fran K

    I like the dress you made with the pattern, lovely fabric. If it’s an easy make, I might actually give it go!

    Reply
  19. silvia

    Very cute! That could be modified a million ways with sleeve alterations and different necklines. It’s got good bones. I too sense a slight 80s vibe there, but maybe it’s the back ties. I don’t think I owned a garment in the 80s without them! Happy new job to you too btw.

    Reply
  20. Naia

    I love the color and dress style. I have always admired Sew it Over patterns but haven’t made anything up yet.

    Reply
  21. Abi Baker

    Count me in! This dress reminds me of the 90s, and I have a lovely black crepe de chine with skulls all over it that would be perfect for it! I love your turquoise version too – so summery! Abi xx

    Reply
  22. Parker

    I love this dress! Its similar to dresses in the movie Gemma Bovery that I’ve been dying over. I’m new to sewing and would love to make this dress!

    Reply
  23. Louise Dunn

    The dress looks fab-I’m just starting out on my sewing journey, and ur blog is one I follow avidly for inspiration. I’m going to check out the sew over site as I often struggle with fabric choices- so thanks for the tip.

    Reply
  24. Eliza-sew-little

    I love this dress and your version is fab especially the twirl in the skirt. I’d love to win it and try to do justice to it.

    Reply
  25. Lynne

    Your dress is gorgeous! I absolutely love the fabric, it’s a shame it’s not available anymore! Thanks for the chance of winning the pattern.

    Reply
  26. Kelly Aubert

    What a cute dress! It would be a super cute summer dress!! You are super cute in your pictures too!!

    Reply
  27. Julie Bradford

    Loving the colour and shape and everything, I have been eyeing this one up since it got released. Would love to make it and own a copy :o) I am going through an 80’s revival to almost. I have cut my hair to how it was as it was back then and even sat wearing a Frankie says Relax tee shirt. I think that is why this dress calls to me to be made :o)

    Reply
  28. Tatiana

    I would love to try Sew Over It patterns and I love this dress! It is classic and perfect for summer. This color looks lovely on you. Thank you!

    Reply
  29. Jennifer Hill

    Mmm, I loved this pattern when I first saw it a few days ago, and yours is gorgeous! Would love to win it : ) Jen

    Reply
  30. Lydia

    Love your dress- what a gorgeous colour. I am a real fan of sew Over it and have been really inspired by the Doris dresses that you and other sewing bloggers have made

    Reply
  31. Julia

    Wow! What a lovely dress. I’ve been eyeing Sew Over It’s patterns for a while and this one’s a winner!

    Reply
  32. Diane

    Beautiful dress. And I love the fabric, I nearly bought some a while ago but wasn’t sure what to make so I managed to be good and not splurge out on increasing my stash!

    Reply
  33. Jennifer Willis

    Lovely version of the Doris. I’ve been back and forth as to whether to buy it yet or not, this competition could solve my dilemma!

    Reply
  34. Amy Mayen

    So cute! I used to have a Betsey Johnson dress just like that- the co,ours were less subdued but it was a teeny floral print with the empire waist and button placket- man I loved that dress! I’ve never tried a Sew Over It pattern, thanks for the op!

    Reply
  35. Karen R

    What a lovely dress and the color suits you well. Such a treat it would be to win this dress as I’ve only just started sewing again this past month after a very long 15 year hiatus. I have a stash that needs to be built. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Reply
  36. Kaitlyn

    I love this dress. It is almost the same style as my two favourite vintage dresses; they’re floral rayon and were my Mum’s in the 1980s. They’ve been worn so much now they’re only suitable as housedresses, but I would love to make up some replacements

    Reply
  37. Cathy C

    Sweet pattern I have not been sewing clothes, only quilting, but this pattern might make me change my mind! It’s adorable!!!

    Reply
  38. Meg White

    Lovely dress! Thanks for the give away. I’d love to try this dress, but I wonder about the cute bust tucks on a very large bust. I’m slim with a 32G rack, haha! It’s easy enough to convert them to darts. Thanks!

    Reply
  39. Noni Vandenberg

    I would love to be included in the drawing for this dress. I would make almost exactly like yours. I love the colours and the fabric!

    Reply
  40. Annie B.

    This dress is lovely! I definitely see the 80s vibe, particularly in a drapey rayon, but I love it. Perfect for the warm summer to come.

    Reply
  41. Victoria Osborne

    Stunning. I think I had a dress like this in the early 90s.
    Would love to win – ooh ehat fabric would I choose???

    Reply
  42. Sarah Smith

    I need this dress in my life. That’s ‘need’ not simply ‘want’. I also need the accompanying weather to wear it! I can definitely imagine dreamily floating around in this (right before inevitably spilling something on myself/tripping over or whatever other version of Sod’s law every day brings!) X

    Reply
  43. Kelly

    This looks beautiful on. I’m at the very begining of my dressmaking adventures making baby (scary) first steps towards my first outfit. Love reading your blog for inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  44. Fiona Gibbs

    Love this! Due to give birth to my first baby any day now, so cheering myself up reading sewing blogs and planning my post-baby wardrobe. This would be a great addition. X

    Reply
  45. Rachel M

    Lovely pattern. I too remember making a similar pattern in the 80’s in navy and white striped seersucker. I loved that dress and wore it to death. So I think I would treat myself to a new one. I am not sure about removing the zip, I remember even as a tiny teen the buttons sometimes gaped when I sat down. All I need then would be hair extensions to complete the Kylie retro look:).

    Reply
  46. Kylie Wroe

    I adore this dress! Great fabric choice. The dress reminds me of my favourite charity shop dress which I assume was made in the 80’s. I wear this dress all the time and have been wondering how to replicate it. Perfect timing! 🙂

    Reply
  47. Tina Briggs

    That’s a really cute dress! Would love the pattern. I’m seriously tempted make the full length button closure as you suggested. I’m not completely sold on side zippers…

    Reply
  48. Ann Marshall

    What a fantastic dress you have made, love the swirliness of it. I will be 70 two weeks today and would love to make this dress to wear myself. It does remind me of a dress I made in 1975/76 when my children were born (for which I no longer have the pattern) Thank you for holding the giveaway. annmarshalluk@gmail.com

    Reply
  49. Jenn

    I’ve made a few Maya blouses recently in viscose and am loving the drape.Iwould love to give this dress a try ,we might get some weather to wear it !

    Reply
  50. Anna-Marie

    I still have a beautiful Laura Ashley dress from the 1980’s. It’s pink and flowery in true Laura Ashley ’80’s style, the sleeves are puffier and the neckline is scalloped but the tie at the back and the overall shape is the same. I haven’t worn it in years but probably won’t ever part with it as it reminds me of happy times. Would love to have a go at making an updated version. Thanks for the chance to win the pattern.

    Reply
  51. Jennifer

    Mmm, I loved this pattern when I first saw it a few days ago, and yours is gorgeous! Would love to win it. Thanks for the chance! : ) Jen

    Reply
  52. Tania

    Beautiful! Your choice of fabric makes the most of the Doris pattern. Need to add this to my “must sew” list!

    Reply
  53. Vicki Halliday

    Ooh your dress is so pretty! You’ve convinced me that I need this pattern, so please add me to the draw! Thanks! Xx

    Reply
  54. Paula Connors

    What a beautiful dress and gorgeous pattern. I’m about to make the Joan dress in a jersey . Fingers crossed.

    Reply
  55. Jackie

    I’ve been looking at this pattern since the announcement! I love Sew Over It patterns, and as you say, the recommended fabrics on their website. As Liz said at the top, I’m on a new pattern ban, but ‘gifts’ don’t count, right ?

    Reply
  56. Sonja

    OK, I adore this on you! It’s absolutely perfect and the shape really suits you! (Leave me out of the giveaway… no time to sew… )

    Reply
  57. Charlotte

    Love this pattern & it looks great in that fabric – perfect pairing. I have a bit of an obsession with feather print fabric at the moment!

    Reply
  58. Paloma

    Love this style of dress and the color you chose to make it in, thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply
  59. Jan Dathan

    Love how you’re choosing your fabric from shoe up. Reminds me of when I entered a lift once and heard a woman saying that she plans her wardrobe from comfy shoes upwards. Oh how I could relate.

    Reply
  60. Donna

    Ooo.., I love this dress and fabric! Beautiful! Please enter my name in the hat!
    I still covet your hush puppies too 🙂 x

    Reply
  61. seamsoddlouise

    This is fabulous, come on sunshine we all want to wear summer dresses. Please enter my name in the giveaway this pattern is just gorgeous. Perryfamily75@gmail. Com

    Reply
  62. Audrey

    Such a beautiful dress and love your choice of fabric. This pattern would be at the top of my summer sewing list

    Reply
  63. Gill

    I love the look of this dress – and the colour really suits you – very ladylike – I can see it worn with white lace gloves!
    I’ve never set a side seam zip, so that would be a challenge x

    Reply
  64. Vicky

    Your version of Doris is perfect. Would love to make myself a couple for the summer so fingers crossed 🙂

    Reply
  65. Polly Lillico

    This is such a lovely dress! Your fabric choice is great.
    I”d love every to make one with some of viscose in my stash.

    Reply
  66. Liana

    I need to know about your beautiful turquoise shoes please!

    A lovely outfit in my favourite colour. 🙂

    Reply
  67. Anna Gerard

    I love this dress and would so love to win! That color of fabric is just so wonderful. Need me some of that.

    Reply
  68. Giorgia

    I’ve been debating with myself whether I should buy this pattern. I love how flattering the dress is, but not sure if I will actually ever wear it. I do pledge to make it if I win the give away though! 🙂

    p.s. do checkout the Sew Over it remnants sale.I went to the clapham shop last saturday and there were awesome bargains to be made! Like 2 meters of their lovely luxury crepe in royal blue for less than £12!!

    Reply
  69. JennyS

    I too have had my eye on this but waiting to see a few more examples as it’s a bit floatier than what I usually go for. I came across the giveaway whilst looking for reviews of Tilly’s online workshop on jersey tops. So I’ve broken 2 promises to myself at once – not to spend anymore time browsing or commenting on blogs until I’ve finished what I have on the go, and not to even consider buying another pattern. But this one is so nice.

    Reply
  70. Anna

    I love your version of this dress, such a pretty colour. I have been looking at this pattern trying to pursuade myself that I really don’t need it *sigh* I think I do!

    Reply
  71. Renata

    The feathers print is adorable, I have recently got back into making dresses, rather than just separates, In a dress I feel feminine, silly to go months without sewing one! I also like the look of the 40s tea dress, nice waist definition and low neckline.

    Reply
  72. Helen Finnimore

    Love this style with the kimono type sleeves and thank you for sharing. I have just the fabric to make this one up today so will be checking out the pattern. It looks great

    Reply
  73. Audrey

    What a lovely dress – perfect fabric and pattern combination. My favourite colour for springtime. I would like love to make this for myself so keeping everything crossed.
    Love the Blog xx

    Reply
    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thank you Alessa!! I love it & it has thankfully turned warm enough to wear it now- I got several ‘you look very summery’ comments just on one day’s wear!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *