The Sew Over It Heather dress is a pattern I had in my stash for a year, before I finally got around to making it! This is one of my December makes and I wanted to share my thoughts about it with you!
This Sew Over It pattern is a PDF only and you can find it here. It was released in 2016 and it seems to be very popular. This dress is made with jersey/knit fabrics and has very big pockets in the front. It’s basically constructed with lots of panels that you sew together. For that reason, it is perfect for color blocking and playing with different fabrics!
As I am a big ponte di Roma fan, especially for dresses, I decided to use a black one I had from Tsagrinos.gr For the front panel I used a leftover polka dot ponte from Sewalicious (I had used it to make a Gemma dress a few months ago). Both fabrics behaved very well together and I had no issues.
The Sew Over It Heather dress has a very interesting construction. Some people said that they were trouble figuring out the instructions for the pocket insertions, but I found them pretty straightforward. My advice is to mark each pattern piece correctly so you know which one is which (I used little post it notes that I pinned with a pin on each fabric piece). Then, read what the instructions are telling you to do, NOT what you think you should do. It’s a different way to adding pockets than you already know, but it’s very easy.
My only issue was that I sewed up the entire thing on my overlocker. So when I reached the pocket part I couldn’t be as precise as I wanted. Nothing major though, you can’t see any problems, but next time I’ll do that part on my sewing machine instead.
I had quite a few issues with this pattern. The hips were HUGE on me. It was like wearing 3 sizes up! I heard many people saying they had the same problem, so I was prepared for that! I took it in by lot! The other thing that bothers me is that the neckline is too wide for winter! I tend to get cold if my neck is too exposed! Oh, and I shortened it a little, as you can see in the photos!
I have to admit I’m torn about this pattern. I think I’ll have to class this one as a wearable toile and make another one before I make up my mind! It is such a beautiful dress and it would be a shame to only have one in my wardrobe!
What do you think?