I think it’s important to feel really comfortable in everything you wear. Not just in how the dress physically feels, but how it looks and how you feel you look in it too.
A fancy dress is all fine and well on the hanger but you need to feel good inside and out when you are wearing it too so this week I’m featuring the…..
I’ve made lots of lovely dresses before but almost feel a little bit self-conscious when I’m wearing them – maybe it’s a really strong colour or print, or it could be a design feature that is really striking. Usually it means they don't often get worn and all I can think about all day is going home and getting my PJ’s on!
Well the Sewaholic Davie Dress has been completely different for me. I’ve made two now and it’s my most worn dress ever! Sometimes garments just click with you more than others and this one certainly did it for me.
The Davie Dress has really flattering princess seams and as it’s made from knitted or jersey fabric there are no fastenings or closures to deal with.
It comes with three variations
knee length with grown on cap sleeves (that are an extension of the bodice piece)
Above knee with the cap sleeves
Above knee with no sleeves
It’s not featured but of course you could do the knee length with no sleeves too!
There is also an option to have a keyhole opening at the centre front seam over the chest. Or alternatively you could just stitch the seam right up instead.
Due to the type of fabric that it is made from it is just so comfy to wear! No need to worry at all if you have a big lunch or too much cake – it’ll just stretch! Yay!
I really like the shape that the princess seams give you over the bust. It’s made from lots of long panels – which means that there are lots of long vertical seams – I think it can make you look slimmer and stretch you out a bit.
The way the skirt falls slightly fuller is also really sweet and makes the dress a bit more fun and interesting.
This dress is perfect for everyday wear and I love wearing it with my little brown leather belt, which helps to pull in the waist and break the dress up.
Before the weather got really warm I was wearing it with colourful tights and ankle boots but now that the sun is out I think it looks great with sandals too.
The little cap sleeves are lovely on their own but easy to layer up over a cardy too if it gets a bit chilly.
Here is me wearing it on holiday in Washington DC earlier in the year with Ayaz, I wore the floral version all day sight-seeing!
As I mentioned before, this dress is designed to be sewn with jersey stretchy fabric. I’ve used a lightweight fabric and a thicker ponte roma and both have worked really well.
For my bright coral version I used this Peach Ponte Roma
Our full selection of Ponte Romas are in this link, but I think it would look as equally bright and summery in this fresh mint or soft green one. These fabrics are so soft and snuggly!
For my light weight version I used the Dusk Meadow Florals jersey but I also love the strong colour of the Bright Pink Floral Fabric too!
All the fabric in the pictures have 15% off all this week (expires midnight Thursday 23rd July). Discount has already applied so no code needed. Just click on the highlighted text to see the fabric listing in the shop.
The Sewaholic Davie Pattern also has 15% off all this week too! Yay!
I made the size 4 and found that I had to lift the shoulder seams up by 1 inch. The arm holes were sitting quite low and the line of the princess seams needed to come up slightly too.
Once I had constructed the dress I just tried it on, then pinched it up at the shoulder seams and re-stitched the seam, then trimmed off the excess seam allowance.
This meant that the neck opening became smaller so I lowered the back neckline by 1.5 inches and curved it out. Always be cautious here and just trim a little. You can always trim more but you can’t add it back once its gone
If making the above knee version be aware of the length. My first dress ended up a bit shorter than intended as I lifted the shoulder seam and then had to even out the hem which meant taking a little more off the length.
On my second version I lengthened the pattern pieces by 2 inches but found that the hem was still quite uneven and seemed to go up a lot at the side seams.
This might be because of my smaller hip measurement and lack of bum – but it did mean that I had to take 1.5 inches off the back hem line and 1 inch off the front to even it all out.
I used the hemming stand that came with my lady valet bust. It has a little pot of loose chalk in it and when you squeeze the air balloon at the end it puffs the chalk out leaving a line. Pretty cool huh?
All the seam allowances are to be pressed open and top-stitched down. I did this on my floral print one and as the fabric was really fine I found using the walking foot my machine helped to keep it even.
When it came to using the thicker ponte roma I did a test patch to see what the stitching would look like and decided to just leave it. I preferred it with a simple seam line but these things are all personal preference.
The instructions advise using bias binding at the neckline but on both my versions I felt that it would bulk things out too much. Instead I simply turned the edge and hemmed it. It’s worked well and hasn’t stretched even though I’ve washed and worn the dress a few times, so don’t be afraid of going off piste for that bit!
I hope you like this dress as much as I do! Next week I'll be showing you my 'Breezy Maxi' Dress! It's gorgeous - and perfect for balmy summer days!
You can see all these dresses and more at our special Summer Dress Party next Saturday 25th July.
Come along to the shop any time - we are open from 9.30am-5.30pm where the girls and I can help you find your perfect Summer Dress!