Introducing the Doris Dress

This week I’m going to talk a little bit about the inspiration behind the Doris Dress – which we designed to be taught in our new class.

Doris was actually a design that came from all of us at Sew Over It. Christina suggested a gored panel skirt as a new skirt type, which I loved.

So I then designed a dress around this. I wanted the dress to have grown-on cap sleeves and a scooped neckline (all those customers with a big bust have been telling me they need lower necklines!). I then thought it would be sweet to have a button down front, both for design reasons and as an added skill to learn.

Julie then added in the lovely detail of the tie at the back, which looks really pretty and also has a practical purpose of helping the fit of the dress. This nips it in at the waist, which means we don’t have to over fit the dress.

It fastens with a side seam zip as well, which is another nice skill to learn for those of you who haven’t yet done one.You will see that when I design I am thinking of the classes and our customers and what they want to learn as much as the look of the garment! It can be a challenge but one that I enjoy.

The overall silhouette was inspired as always from my love for vintage clothes – it was a mix of a dress I have and Horrocks dresses of the 1950s , which I looovve.

The fabric for the sample came from my Indian trip – unfortunately I couldn’t get lots so we don’t have enough to sell in the shop but thought it was perfect for this dress. It is a heavy rayon. But what is great about this dress is that it would look just as lovely in a lightweight cotton, which I plan to make my next version in. I picked up a fab old Paul Smith polka dot cream and red cotton at the Knitting & Stitching Show on Friday which is now next in line.

For those of you who are dying to get your hands on the pattern, I am afraid you will have to wait a while as with all our new designs, they will first be exclusively classes before the pattern is released into the wild. But hang in there!

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