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Sew Over It Betty Dress made using our Ariana Red Viscose

Sew Over It Betty Dress made using our Ariana Red Viscose

Friday 1st May 2020
Becky from Notes From The Sewing Room

Hi everyone, Becky here from Notes from the Sewing Room.

I was delighted to be asked to review a beautiful bright red viscose fabric from Material Girl Laura.

The fabric is really pretty and has a beautiful drape to it, so it was difficult to decide what to make with it.

What did I make?

I'm a big fan of Sew Over It patterns as they tend to fit me well and the vintage inspired style is normally right up my street in terms of design.

I used the viscose to sew myself a new dress that will be perfect to wear from Spring into the Summer months ahead.
The Sew Over Betty Dress pattern is one I have made a few times before, but this time my project has a few minor changes.
I used the Betty Dress bodice but reduced the seam allowance from 1.5cm to 1cm to make my dress have a slightly looser feel which works perfectly with the drapey fabric.
The bodice was then sewed on to a simple gathered skirt, which I decided would finish just below my knees.
I can't wait to start wearing my new dress, the colour is really eye-catching - I love it.

The pattern

The pattern includes the usual easy to understand instructions you would expect in a Sew Over It pattern, but of course I only followed this guidance to sew my bodice and then cut three rectangular pieces of fabric to form my skirt (one for the front cut on the fold, and two for the back).
I downloaded the Sew Over It Betty Dress pattern for free on International Women's Day last year, and I can honestly say it is now one of my favourite patterns I own.
The pattern is supposed to have a circle skirt, but you could also try a pleated skirt if you were to either draft your own pattern pieces or join the bodice on to another pattern you already have in your stash. I may try this next time I make this pattern!


I decided to grade between two sizes to make my dress. I cut the size 8 bodice up the bust area and then graded down to a size 10 towards the hip.
The sizing for the Sew Over It pattern is clearly marked on the pattern pack. I recommend looking at the finished garment measurements so you can make a decision what size you will make based on how much ease is included.

The fabric I used

The viscose has a pretty flower design on it - the flowers are white, peach and black.
The fabric would be perfect to use for lots of different projects including tops, dresses, floaty trousers or pyjamas.
The viscose is 140cm wide, so this helps to reduce the amount of fabric needed for projects that are fabric hungry.

Would I recommend this project/fabric?

Yes, I am really pleased with my new dress. I'd recommend both the red viscose fabric and trying the Betty Dress pattern; both are wonderful to sew and wear.

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