Well this must be the comfiest dress I've ever made! For my Autumn Sewalicious blog I decided to make the Sew Over It Heather dress in this stunning pinky floral scuba called Secret Garden. I thought it would be the perfect combination of comfort and style to see me through some chilly evenings to come!
I'd not sewn with scuba before but I needn't have worried - it was more similar to sewing with a thick woven than a jersey fabric as it was so stable, so it was very easy! The fabric isn't too thick but it's still a good weight and it's got this lovely pink and purple floral design all over it. It was really easy to lay and cut out too. I used my walking foot on my normal sewing machine and a size 80 stretch needle, both of which worked a treat with this scuba.
The pattern is a semi-fitted jersey dress with in seam front pockets. It has panels that make up the front and back which is how you get the shaping and it's finished with a neckband and a choice of length sleeve. I went for the 3/4 length as I thought this would be perfect to wear with a nice jacket on a night out.
I cut out a size 8 and used almost all 2 metres, so the fabric requirements are pretty true to size! Make sure to label the pattern pieces as you go too as some of them look quite similar. The only alteration I made to the dress was to shape it in at the waist ever so slightly more than the set seam allowance of 1.5cm to about 2cm which just helps make it a little more fitted. I also shortened it by 6cm so it hit just above the knee which I think is a bit more flattering on me!
The only part of this dress that required a bit of thought was the pocket construction. It's a little complicated as to which bit goes where but as long as you've got the circles marked on your pattern pieces accurately it should go together ok. I kept having to turn the dress the right way out so I could visualise it to help me but the instructions are pretty good and the diagrams helpful at showing you what to do. It's only really the last step of pocket construction (step 8) which I found confusing as the picture isn't terribly clear. I've inserted a couple of images of my version which may be helpful if you are worried about this part of the pattern.
You kind of have to fold the pocket bag back on itself so that it's sandwiched between the two panel pieces is the easiest way I can describe it! It’s also worth mentioning that the two stitching lines that meet at a point at the very top of the pocket need to touch, otherwise there will be a small hole in the dress. But if this is too tricky, just stop as close as you can and secure it from the wrong side with a few hand stitches. The instructions are also helpful at suggesting where to sew the seams on your normal machine and where you can overlock the edges - or it can simply be done all on your normal machine!
I managed to sew most of the dress up within a day, and then I hemmed it the next day, but you could easily do it all in one sitting. I took my time with the hem and used my twin needle to finish it off. I think it looks really neat and I'm really pleased I took my time with this step.
Overall it's a really simple but effective pattern and depending on what fabric you use will really change the look of it. For my version I went for more of a smart/casual evening look, something to wear to a nice meal out or little party. But you could choose a plain, dark fabric and dress it up for the office, or make it in a lighter, patterned sweatshirt fabric for the daytime! It's soo versatile.
I love this dress and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The fabric is lovely quality and think it'd also look great as a bomber jacket or pencil skirt too!
Hope you like it, take a look at the other lovely scubas and jerseys Sewalicious have in stock for some inspiration if you fancy sewing your own!