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Sew Over It Doris Dress made by Adelle

Sew Over It Doris Dress made by Adelle

Friday 20th April 2018
Adelle from

Hello I'm Adelle from

I finally met the lovely Laura, the face behind 'Material Girl Laura' after admiring her shop online. The power of Instagram, brought us together and I was so surprised to find out she only lived a few miles down the road. I spent a morning in awe and wonder, stroking all the beautiful fabrics that she has. I was flattered to be asked to write a guest blog post for Material Girl Laura.

The sun has finally arrived in the UK and I am starting to think about my summer wardrobe. With my ban on buying RTW this year, I'm thinking of the gaps that I have currently in my summer wardrobe. I bought the Doris Dress as my free pattern when I joined the Sew Over It PDF club after having my eye on it for a while. A feminine 50's style dress with a scooped neckline and ties to give a clenched waistline. I went for the short version of the pattern so that it would be perfect for my summer/holiday wardrobe.

The Fabric:

It was a task to choose fabric from the selection that Laura has available. After a lot of fabric stroking and draping them against me, we found the perfect one. I choose the Atelier Brunette Blossom Coral Viscose Rayon which is lightweight but with a lovely matt finish. The pattern stated 2.1m but I have always found Sew Over It to over estimate required fabric lengths so I went for 2m. Laura also has a lighter colour way of the same fabric which would also be perfect for a summer make.

The Sew:

As with all previous Sew Over It patterns I went for the size 10 and the tie version with the short skirt. The skirt is made up of 7 pieces which surprised me, I thought it was just a flared A-Line skirt. The instructions are accompanied with clear illustrations which were a great help when it came to piecing the skirt together. The instructions state to finish the seams at the beginning but by doing this, I lost sight of many of the notches so sometimes I was matching blind. With some viscose fabrics, I find that they can slip and slide, however with the matt finish to the Atelier Brunette Blossom Coral Viscose Rayon it made the sew up easy to handle. I followed the tip to make mock buttons because the fit is down to the side zip. Sewing button holes worry me because after spending all that time and attention getting the sew perfect I would hate for it to be spoiled with a button hole going wrong!! I added 5 buttons from my button stash using a contrast burgundy thread.

The Finished Dress:

The Doris dress delivers exactly what I hoped for. A perfect summer dress that makes me want to drink a G&T in the sun. The drape of the fabric and lightweight nature suit the floaty design of the skirt perfectly. I had seen on other reviews that the bust darts came up too high but they are fine for me. They are more of a pleat that a standard triangular dart. One part that I would probably change next time would be the finish to the sleeves. I would have preferred to finish them with bias binding like the Vintage Shirt dress rather than the double turned up hem. Please let the sunshine remain so I can wear my Doris. If not, it definitely has a place in my holiday wardrobe.

Adelle x