We are sooooo pleased to welcome our
newest sewing pattern, the Doris Dress!
You lot have been requesting and requesting this pattern ever since we released it as a class, and we are so excited that we are now able to bring her to your pattern stashes.
The Doris Dress is the perfect summer’s day dress. Feminine and romantic, throw it on and you’ll be set for that picnic in the park, a day out at the beach, a city break in Florence, or hey, even a stint at the office. A truly versatile wardrobe staple, the Doris Dress will keep you looking elegant and put-together no matter what you get up to this season.
Inspired by Lisa’s love of vintage 1950’s fashion and pretty feminine shapes, the Doris Dress is semi-fitted with a flattering scooped neck bodice, bust pleats for delicate shaping and floaty grown-on sleeves. The waist can be left unfitted for warmer days, or cinched in at the back with the attached ties or fixed back belt.
The fluted panelled skirt has two length variations – short and cute above the knee, or an elegant below the knee option. The Doris Dress closes with a concealed zip in the side seam and has an optional buttonhole closure at the centre front. The bodice is finished with facings for a neat finish on the inside.
See Lisa introducing the Doris Dress pattern below (or click through to our YouTube channel), to see a lovely new version she has made specially for the pattern release!
The Doris Dress sewing pattern is available in both printed and digital PDF versions, so whether you like a physical copy to trace and treasure, or a quick and satisfying instant sew, we’ve got you covered.
Due to the number of techniques covered, the Doris Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern. Nothing is too tricky but we recommend that you have experience inserting a concealed zip. An ambitious advanced beginner could tackle this dress, but we would advise that you take your time, read every step carefully, and keep a cup of tea and a seam ripper handy at all times.
We recommend a lightweight woven fabric for the Doris Dress, ideally with a good amount of drape. The skirt and grown-on sleeves will hang best if the fabric has some drape. Think rayon, viscose and crepe. However the Doris Dress also works beautifully in cotton, so if you’re not experienced sewing with drapey fabrics and would prefer to use something more stable, you could try a cotton lawn, poplin, or a lightweight linen.
We’ve picked a few of our favourites below. What do you think?
For inspiration and to find the perfect fabric, check out our specially curated list of fabrics suitable for the Doris Dress.
The Doris Dress is sized between UK sizes 8-20. See the chart below for details on fabric requirements.
Please note: because of the width of the skirt pattern pieces, Version 1 cannot be made from narrow 115cm wide fabric.
Like all our patterns, the sizes are nested to make it easier to grade between the sizes if you need to.
Digital PDF Pattern Version
The PDF version of the Doris Dress sewing pattern consists of 48 pages.
What will I receive?
The downloadable pattern file contains:
– printable pattern
– printable illustrated instruction booklet
If you’ve never used a PDF pattern before and you’re not quite sure what to expect, there’s nothing to fear. Many of the Sew Over It team now prefer PDFS as you receive your pattern by email straight away, without having to wait for the postman! Simply download, print, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm. We have created a handy Guide to Printing and Assembling your PDF Pattern on the blog if you’d like some help with this.
Grab your pattern and show us your makes!
Find your copy of our Doris Dress sewing pattern on our online shop, and don’t forget to share your finished makes. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and show us your Doris with the hashtag #DorisDress. We cannot WAIT to see your versions!