The Sew Over It Doris dress was a pattern I wasn’t so sure about. I mean I obviously liked it, but everytime I put it in my cart I decided to go with another pattern. I hadn’t seen that many versions out there to inspire me, but for some weird reason I was always coming back to it. Having tried almost every single one of Lisa’s patterns, I knew there would be a day that I would have to make this one as well.
It was the beginning of August when I was browsing the fabrics at Sew Essential and a gorgeous floral cotton lawn caught my eye. I fell in love with it, the colors were so unique and I really wanted to make something with it. After thinking about my pattern choices, I decided to pick the Doris dress. I got everything I needed from their website: the pattern, the fabric, the invisible zip, the matching thread and the fabric covered buttons. My parcel arrived in no time, I think it was less than a week and the minute I opened it I started screaming! I honestly haven’t touched such a soft fabric before. Its quality was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, very soft, with beautiful colors and lovely drape.
It was also my first time getting a printed Sew Over It pattern and I confirmed everyone’s comments about its great packaging. I loved the little booklet with the instructions and the illustrations on the front cover are really adorable.
I was ready to make my dress, I pre-washed my fabric and then disaster struck. My machine’s needle clamp broke and couldn’t hold the needle. I searched for a new one and the sooner I could have it was in 20 days 🙁 As you can imagine I was devastated. It was just the beginning of my holidays and I had so many sewing plans, but I couldn’t make anything. I have an old Husqvarna sewing machine that I tried to use but after having my Opal, everything else seemed so hard to use. I didn’t have an invisible zipper foot for that one and it also didn’t have automatic buttonholes so I was doomed. The only thing I could do was wait for the new needle clamp to arrive.
I was almost ready to order a new sewing machine from Sew Essential, since they sell Husqvarna Viking sewing machines as well, that’s how anxious I was to start sewing again! But anyway, everything turned out fine in the end and my machine got fixed a bit earlier. The first thing I made as soon as I got her back was my Doris dress and I’m really disappointed we are heading to autumn and I won’t be able to wear it that much, because it is such a beautiful dress! I wasn’t sure if it was going to fit me, but I think it does! I feel so glamorous when I wear it! The fabric is gorgeous, the paneled skirt is super twirly and the button details on the front add that little romantic detail that I always love to have in my outfits.
The construction was fairly easy. It has quite a lot of pieces to sew together, the skirt alone has 7 panels and there are also 3 bodice pieces and 5 facings, but the instructions are wonderful and if you take your time it’s actually very easy to make it. My only advice is to pay attention to the notches when you sew the panels together. I was a little bit to confident and ended up attaching them on opposites sides, so I had to unpick the whole thing and start over.
I went for View A which is a longer dress with ties in the back. Version B is a shorter dress with a belt loop instead of ties. I love that length and all the little details that make this dress perfect!
The centre front opening is not functional so I decided to skip the buttonholes and stitch the buttons directly on the dress to close it, an alternative that is also suggested in the instructions. It worked like a charm! I went for self covered buttons that I made from the same fabric.
I cannot end this post without mentioning the invisible zip. I asked Lucy from Sew Essential to include a zip and thread in a color that matched my fabric and she did a great job! Their color is just perfect for my fabric! But what I wanted to say is that the quality of the zip was stunning! I haven’t found anything like that here in Greece and I was very impressed. I know it’s just a small things to say, but after having so many zips breaking over the last few months, this was a pleasant surprise!
Overall, I am very satisfied with my Doris dress. I hope the photos do it justice because it’s really beautiful, if I may say so myself! This is my last summer make for the year, as we are expecting bad weather next week. In fact today is supposed to be the last hot day for us in Northern Greece and I’m glad I got to say goodbye to summer in such a lovely outfit!
Disclaimer: This post was kindly sponsored by Sew Essential. All opinions are mine.