I got back from a glorious week in Montenegro this week. A very sunny week of lounging around, reading and doing very little. It was incredibly relaxing and enjoyable but I’ve begun to realise that I am just not very good at doing nothing.
I was so eager to get back to my sewing machine when I got home and start creating again. Hmm, perhaps I should go on a sewing holiday next year?
Anyway, I’m guessing you are here for the makes so let’s get on with it. This week I have been making a Sew Over It Penny Dress in a beautiful floral Liberty Tana Lawn that I bought in the sale. I absolutely can not resist a Liberty sale.
This pattern is a PDF only pattern which was released a couple of months ago as part of Sew Over It’s PDF club. I am a member the PDF club, which means I was one of the first to see the pattern and could have got it at a discount price when it was first released.
For some reason it didn’t interest me one bit on release and I never bothered with it. It wasn’t until I saw a couple of beautiful versions on Instagram that I gave myself a hard kick and bought it… at full price. Bah.
This dress has such a lovely vintage shape with its circle skirt and shirt bodice details. Combined with my Liberty floral it reminds me of something my mum would have worn when she was younger.
The pattern is aimed at an adventurous beginner and I would agree with that. You’d want to have made a few garments before tackling it I guess. But then I have always found shirt collars to be a little bit tricky whereas I know plenty of others who have no issues with them.
As with all Sew Over It patterns, the instructions are well written and have diagrams to help if something is not clear, so the construction of this was all very straightforward. That said, the instructions for the button placket had me turning the air blue. Turns out there is a crucial notch missing from the pattern piece. Sew Over It have now rectified this and all future downloads of the pattern have the elusive notch.
I’m really pleased with the finished dress. I managed to get it out of just 2 metres of fabric too, which was no mean feat. The pattern calls for 3.45 metres, FYI!
I didn’t have do any alterations to the bust, which is quite unusual for me, and cut a straight size 12. The only alteration I made was to shorten the skirt by 5cm because of my lack of fabric but I think I prefer this length anyway.
The only change I would make when I make it again, would be to lengthen the bodice so that the elastic sits on my natural waist. I originally planned to do this but I just didn’t have enough fabric.
I’m going to leave you with a few technical details, blatantly copied from other bloggers (Redwsews I am looking at you!). I’ll be doing this for all my makes from now on, partly to assist my appalling memory and also you might find it helpful.
Pattern: Penny Dress by Sew Over It
My measurements: bust 37″, waist 30″, hip 39″
Size cut: 12
Fabric: 2m Liberty Tana Lawn plus interfacing
Adjustments made: Shortened skirt by 5cm
Future adjustments: Lengthen bodice
Make again: Yes. I ‘m going to make the tie waisted shirt variation too.