If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen me talking about this dress. It’s the Zoe dress by Sew Over It.
I first made this dress in a class at Sew Over It a couple of years ago, in a medium weight denim which I wear all the time. I made the shorter sleeve option which means I can wear it in autumn, spring (or English summer) with a cardigan. In winter I put a long sleeved jersey top underneath and wear it with boots and tights. In fact, I think I’ve got more wear out of it in colder weather than warm because I don’t like my knees being on show.
It’s a great advanced beginner pattern. The dress is constructed with princess seams down the front which have to be eased in, pockets, set in sleeves and an invisible zip. So I don’t think it could be a first project but once you have a few under your belt and have learnt these techniques you could do this.
I made just one adjustment to the pattern which was to remove some fabric across the shoulders at the back to allow for my sway back. This is when the shape of your bottom curves out at the bottom of your back if you are looking at your side view. Coupled with a larger bottom half to top half ratio (or pear shape) I had a lot of spare fabric between my shoulder blades. I removed an inch on the pattern at the back neckline, grading it to blend in with the original pattern line at the curve of my back/backside.
It’s taken me nearly two years to make another one (why?) and I decided to use some beautiful scuba that I’d been saving for the right project. Another student had made one out of scuba in the class so even though the pattern isn’t designed for knit fabrics I knew it would work.
However, despite actually thinking while cutting out that I should start to pattern match more (inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee) I managed an unfortunate pattern placement.
A few people say they didn’t notice but others see it straight away. I can’t decide if I’m brave enough to style it out and just wear it. What do you think? Let me know here or on my Instagram page.