Thursday, 10 August 2017

Sew Over It Doris Dress

Do you have any garments in your wardrobe that get a bit overlooked? Until recently, the Sew Over It Doris dress that I sewed up last year had sadly slipped into that category. I wore it a fair amount just after I made it, but somehow since then I'd forgotten how lovely it is and the dress had stayed neglected on the hanger. Once I put that right, I enjoyed wearing it so much that I quickly decided that I needed to make a second Doris dress.


I wonder whether one of the reasons that I hadn't been wearing my first Doris dress so much is that the ties get a bit in the way of cardigans (because you often need a cardigan still in the British summer!), so this time I decided to use the fixed back belt instead. That also creates a bit more of a difference between my two versions than just using different fabric, which is never a bad thing.


Other than switching the ties for the belt, I did everything else just the same as I did for my first version. I blended between a 12 at the bust and 14 at the waist/hip, with 1.5 inches added to the bodice length. Also, the buttons down the front of the bodice are there for decoration only - there's no need for them to function because of the side zip so I just sewed them through both front bodice pieces.


The Liberty tana lawn that I used for my first version worked so nicely - it's the perfect mix of fabric that's easy to handle but has just enough drape for the Doris dress - that I decided to use a prized length of Liberty fabric from my stash for this second version. The print is called Suzy Elizabeth, and is my favourite Liberty print that I've used so far. I made a dress using the navy colourway of the same print a couple of years ago, and I've got another length of the navy in my stash which I'm intending will become a shirt this autumn. How many times do you have to use the same print before it becomes an obsession?! What can I say? I just love all that tiny crockery!


I should mention that my fabric buying budget isn't generous enough to just be buying Liberty fabric at RRP as often as my last few projects would suggest! A lot of the tana lawn that I've used has come from Kat's Fabrics on ebay which sells factory seconds, making them much more reasonable prices. I've bought fabric from them quite a few times now, and I've only found a small fault on one piece - the rest of them have all seemed perfect to me.


While we're on the subject of fabric, I think the fabric requirements stated on the pattern envelope for the Doris dress are really generous. I made a 12/14 (with length added to the bodice), and the fabric requirements state 3.2m for 12 and 3.7m for 14, but I used well under 3m - I'd say 2.8m at the very most, and this is a directional print. That's OK (it just means I have bonus fabric left over for another project!), but it's something I'd bear in mind if I were buying fabric for another Doris.


All in all, I'm really happy that I rediscovered my original Doris dress and gave myself the motivation to make this second one. It's a lovely floaty dress to wear and, as I've already detailed at length, I love tana lawn for summer weather. Let's just hope that we get a bit more of that soon so that I can wear it some more!

12 comments:

  1. I love the tiny crockery too; this is a beautiful shape and colour on you Ruth! Xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah - the crockery's cute isn't it?!

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  2. Lovely dress. I'm glad you mentioned the fabric requirements as it has been putting me off as mostly I haven't got enough🤣I think I ought to try this dress out and do have some Liberty in my stash.

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    1. Thank you! I thought I'd mention the fabric requirements partly in case they were putting some people off trying this pattern!

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  3. There's something about the neckline and half placket of buttons that make this dress just perfect. I'm glad you gave the pattern a second chance--it's a good one!

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    1. Thank you! It is a lovely shaped dress, I don't know why I'd been neglecting my first version!

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  4. I've been so close to buying this liberty pattern so many times and I have no idea what's been stopping me as I absolutely love both of your liberty crockery dresses!

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    1. Thanks Jo! Knowing your love of crockery, I think you really "need" to treat yourself to some of this fabric! ;)

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  5. Thank you so much for the heads-up on Kat's Fabrics. I love Liberty fabric too but can't afford to buy it often! I've already had a look at her current selection on e-bay and have been amazed at the prices. You may regret it if I 'swipe' something you have your eye on!

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    1. You're welcome - feel free to swipe away! There are always plenty of lovely options to choose from so I'm happy to share them with you! :)

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