I am back this week with my most worn dress of the summer so far. I made this dress towards the end of last summer and didn’t get a chance to wear it before autumn came – I pulled it out again this spring and thought it deserved its moment on the blog! This is the Sewoverit Doris dress – it is 50’s vintage inspired but has a definite 90’s feel with the button front and tie back. The bodice is loosely fitted and the skirt has flared panels for lots of movement.
I cut a size 12 bodice, grading out to a size 14 at the waist and hips – though the skirt is not at all fitted at the hip so there isn’t any need to worry about that measurement.The only real change I made was to put the zip at the back rather than the side. This ended up being quite a faff as I had to add seam allowances to the centre back and it affected the order of construction. I don’t have a strong feeling about back v side zips so I probably wouldn’t bother changing it again in future.The only drawback about Doris is that the recommended amounts of fabric are quite substantial – I typically buy 2 metres of 60 inch wide fabric when I intend to make a dress but the pattern recommends 3.7 metres for the longer version.
I used a viscose fabric which had been in my stash for some time – purchased from Abakhan and not at all expensive. I love the colour and the lightweight drapiness was perfect for this pattern. This print is completely non-directional so I managed to get the longer version out of two metres by turning the skirt panels sideways and cutting them on the cross grain.This is the perfect dress for the heatwave we have been having – the viscose is super light and breathable, the bodice isn’t too fitted and the skirt billows in the slightest breeze. The colour and print are perfectly summery – and I say that as someone who is usually not a fan of ditsy florals…
What is your go-to summer dress – any recommendations?