When the Sew Over It 'Doris' Dress Pattern came out last year, I wasn't immediately struck. It was one of those patterns where I wanted to wait to see versions on various body types and in different fabrics before I made up my mind whether it was for me. And I've been slowly but surely falling in love with the look of it since.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

The Doris dress is unlike any dress I've sewn before, and not a style I think I've seen anywhere else. I've really enjoyed the Sew Over It patterns I've sewn in the past and get on great with the fit, so I hoped Doris would be the same! Combined with a beautifully drapey Viscose Fabric, I hoped the skirt would be as twirly as it looks.

I very occasionally need a full bust adjustment, and having sewn patterns from Sew Over It before without one, I went ahead and cut my usual size 12 without any alterations. During the sewing I did wonder whether I had made an awful error in judgement about my bust. But the dress fit my mannequin, so I figured in theory it should fit me! Luckily (very luckily) everything went to plan. I am so pleased with the entire fit of the dress, especially on my bust. It provides me with a lovely flattering shape, fitting perfectly around the waist and rib-cage with a snug and comfortable fit on the chest. I have no gaping and no squashing so it's a 10/10 from me!

I think the style lines in this design are a flattering choice and when sewn in a soft fabric like this, I think this dress would be flattering on most shapes. I wasn't sold on the sleeves straight away as they cut off around the widest part of the arm, but it's not so unflattering as to make me feel too self conscious. 

I love the shape the bust darts/pleats create and it really draws your eye to the waist. The flared out skirt really finishes the look and I love the kicked out shape. I arranged the buttons according to where I needed them to sit on me rather than sticking completely to the pattern guides. I'm so glad I opted for eye catching red heart buttons against the polka dot fabric (thanks to Amy from Almond Rock for the inspiration!).

So if you can't already tell, I'm pretty happy with this make. The dress suits my style perfectly and is that versatile style that can be dressed up for parties and cocktails or even Spring weddings but will also be great with tights and my leather jacket for right now and casual days out.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Spot Print Viscose Dress Fabric Black

Fabric: Sew Over It Ladies Sewing Pattern 1950's Vintage Style Doris Dress

Notions: I used 5 Heart Shaped Buttons, 1 x 16" Invisible Zip

Sewing time: Half a day to a day.

Modifications: Absolutely nothing!

Fit: Spot on!

Difficulty: Confident beginners and beyond.

Watch out for: Making a tidy button up front and facing, I did lots of ironing along the way.

Make Again?: Yes! I love this dress, and see myself making lots more.

Overall, Doris has stolen my heart. This is by far one of my favourite pieces I've ever sewn and I can't wait to make more. The fit of the dress surpassed all my expectations and I'm proud of my sewing technique in this one too. I'm trying to make a conscious effort to sew with longevity in mind and hopefully there will be a lot of life in this one! It's also another make to tick off my 2018 Make Nine list, so I'm not only feeling sassy in polka dots, but proud of my productivity too! A great way to keep my sewing mojo on track.

Thanks for reading, pinups!

Abi xo