It’s no secret around here that I’m a bit of a Sew Over It fan-girl, so when I was asked to test their latest release, the fabulous Doris dress, I was all over it in the flashiest of flashes. Doris is sweet and simple, but with small details that make it versatile – its very simplicity means fabric choice could easily oomph it up or dress it down. Its two variations both feature kimono sleeves, front and back pleats, a concealed zip and front button opening, but you can then choose between a tie back or a small buttoned-on belt, and two different lengths.
I opted to make Doris in this luxury pink-coral crepe from Sew Over It and mmm, it was good stuff to work with. Suggested fabrics range from lightweight cottons to drapier rayons and crepes; I think a cotton would play up its day-dress feel but this crepe, the longer length and the glass buttons make my version pleasingly dressy. Although I opted to make the longer length I am a shortie so shaved a few inches off to bring it to my knee. To the bodice (size 10), however, I made zero adjustments.
The belt options mean you can fit the dress as closely as you desire around the waist. Obviously I went for the tie back – I cannot resist a bow…
Doris is classed as an intermediate sew, but honestly I think it’s something a confident beginner could happily tackle with care, patience and a concealed zipper foot. There’s no actual need for buttonholes (woop!) as the zip takes care of opening up the dress, so you can do as I’ve done and sew the buttons through both layers.
And now for the exciting news – I have one copy of the printed Doris pattern to give away! If you’d like to be in with a chance of receiving it just leave a comment below with your contact details (blog or email address) before midnight GMT Saturday 30 April. The winner will be picked at random and announced on Sunday and then the pattern will be posted out in the week, just in time for to join your spring/summer sewing schemes!
Good luck! x