It’s cosy dress season again! I spend half the winter in mini-dresses and leggings, so I snapped up Sew Over It’s new Heather dress when it was released. It’s an easy-fitting (but not baggy) knit dress with cute curved pockets set into princess seams. I, of course, made it in a print that obscures all of those details!
I sewed up a size 18 bust graded to size 20 at the waist and hips. I did make a few changes in advance and on the fly:
- I took out an inch above the waist as a petite adjustment
- I shortened the hem at least 5″… possible more, and possible too much! It’s *just* on the short side for work! (But I’ll still wear it!) I also made the back a smidge longer for butt coverage.
- I top-stitched the princess seams with my coverstitch, which was a little awkward around the pocket. I like how the topstitching keeps the curved seams neat and flat.
- The shoulders were clearly a bit wide as I sewed it up, so I trimmed .5″ off the shoulder apex, blending to nothing mid-armscye… but I should have narrowed it properly at the princess seam, because the sleeves sit just a bit off my shoulders
One thing worth noting… the seam allowance is 5/8″, which I find awkwardly wide for a knit. I would have much preferred a 3/8″ seam allowance. There are some parts around the pocket that I think you really have to sew on a sewing machine… the rest I serged.
This pattern offers size 8-20, which is an intriguing size range to me. Why no smaller sizes? (Is a UK 8 like a US2?) My waist and hips fit into the largest size, which is bad news for larger people… but I think the sizing runs a bit big, so this dress is worth a try even if you are a few inches outside the largest size. The Sew Over It Shift Dress is one of my TNT patterns, and I find both dresses fit me well without any bust adjustments.
And now for something different… I’ve noticed in writing my last few posts that too many of my pictures have been “hand on hip”, so I challenged myself to do some poses with my weight balanced equally on both legs, and my hands anywhere but on my hip… which, I’ll be honest, felt super awkward! Behold:
Uh, yeah. There’s a reason for the classic hand-on-hip!
So… Did you notice anything *familiar* about my fabric? It’s the same print as I used in a recent post! I’m hoping the grey/red is different enough from the camel/blue colourway that no one notices… but really, why should it matter? I actually have quite a few garments made from identical prints… at least 3 things in the same leopard knit, a dress and top in Art Gallery knit, and so on. Usually it’s a summer and a winter garment, so they won’t be worn back-to-back… but these will, and I’ve decided that’s fine.
How do you feel about repeating the same fabric more than once in your wardrobe? It it a no-no, a “who cares?” or a secret you try to keep?