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