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Sew Over It Doris Dress in Wildflower Crepe

I am so in love with this fabric and dress! Lisa Comfort released 3 color ways of this Wildflower Crepe Fabric at the end of January and I knew immediately I wanted to make something with it. I love a good floral and this silver color is my favorite. The pop of bright blue and pink in it are so fun and make it the perfect addition to my wardrobe for spring and summer.  

It only seemed fitting that I make a Sew Over It pattern with it. I originally was going to make a top with this fabric but I saw the Doris Dress Pattern and liked the idea of that better. I don’t know why I never thought much about this pattern before. It’s a lovely silhouette and an easy dress style to wear. The Doris is a short sleeve dress with a button front bodice and a fluted panel skirt in two different lengths. There are also two different options for the back- ties or a fixed back belt. I went with the short length skirt and the ties to make a bow in the back. The smallest bust size on Sew Over It patterns is an inch or so too large for me so I graded 1/4” smaller at the bust side seams out to the size 8 waist. This worked perfectly because I am very happy with the fit. I really like the pleats in the front and back bodice as a nice change from a usual dart, too. 

The fabric is a lighter weight than I expected - making it perfect for warmer days. That also means it has a wonderful drape which is so lovely with this skirt style. I had fun twirling around in it as you can see in my photos. I wasn’t able to pattern match on the skirt pieces and I intended to pattern match on the bodice. I suppose I forgot when I was cutting though because apparently that didn’t happen. It doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would though. Perfection is overrated, right? 

I always get nervous sewing thin fabrics but with a walking foot on my machine it’s never as scary as I think it will be. I also used pattern weights and a rotary cutter when cutting out my pattern to reduce the chance of it moving around. 

There are a few things about this pattern that make it an easier sew. The sleeves are attached to the bodice so it was nice to not have to set in sleeves!  Also buttonholes are not necessary on the bodice because it can slip over your head with the side concealed zip. I just sewed the buttons through the bodice and facing layers as suggested. SO easy! I made sure to add some interfacing at the zipper opening to make it easier to sew the zipper in and to give the fabric a little more support. 

This dress turned out wonderfully. It’s so beautiful in this fabric and will be an easy garment to throw on in the summer. I definitely plan to make more of this pattern (and snatch up another color or two of this fabric…)

Thanks for reading,

Erin @ My Poetic Memory

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Meg An said:

Lovely on you and lovely fabric. I hadn't realised that there was an alternative back for this dress. I rather feel that a tie back when you are over 30 is a bit too girly. Personal preference but when I clicked the link to the pattern I didn't see the alterantive back. I · 8th Jun 2019 06:56pm