Out of the blue – Sewoverit Heather Dress

Sewoverit HeatherHi there

I am really bad at getting pictures at this time of year so it has taken me a couple of weeks to get photos of this dress. One day I will work out how to get good indoor pictures using my fairly basic camera, but until then I will just have to make the most of the brief glimpses of sunshine that we get.Sewoverit HeatherThis week I have the Sewoverit Heather dress to show you – now that it is winter all I want to wear are knit dresses! This winter I am experimenting with alternatives to my usual ‘fit and flare’ style – last time with the looser Helmi dress and now Heather is more form fitting.

I tried on a RTW dress that was similar to this a few months ago and although I liked the style the fit was pretty awful as I am completely different sizes between bust and hip, so I wanted to see if I could make it for myself.Sewoverit Heather

I initially cut a 12 at the bust, 14 at the waist and 16 at the hip. Although the pattern is closely fitted at the bust there is a lot of ease at the waist (6 inches) and I found it quite baggy at the back and front at first. I adjusted the curved seams on the front and back princess seams and a took little off the side seams to reduce width at the waist.heatherback2I used black and blue ponte from Clothspot for the finished version. The blue came as a lovely gift with my coat fabric over a year ago and is sadly no longer available, but the black was purchased recently and is still available here. I cut the inner pocket pieces from a much thinner jersey to avoid adding bulk at the seams.

The black ponte has very limited stretch and as a result the sleeves are too tight (you can see the drag lines in places) – I reduced the seam allowance as much as possible so they are wearable, but still a bit tighter than I would like.Sewoverit HeatherI have worn this dress a couple of times already and (despite tight sleeves) I really like it and I want more! What about one in this pink ponte…?

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  1. qplourde says:

    I do like that pink color, so yes! Very nice dress – I’ve been wanting to make a knit dress for sometime too. Maybe I will be able to get to one this winter!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou! Knit dresses are perfect for the cold weather!

      Louise

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  2. Janet says:

    The colour blocking on this is fun – the contrast really brings out the style lines. And the pink would be glorious!

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thank you! I was originally going to make it all black but I really like the contrast!

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  3. I have a dress very similar to this! Dress twins! I love this pattern the style is great adding more interest that a straightforward t-shirt dress but less structured than fit and flare. I think a pink version would be fabulous.

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    1. notsewsimple says:

      Thankyou – I do like it despite tight sleeves so I will be making more!

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