The Doris Dress

Hello! My first post in a very long time, and uncharacteristically I’m blogging about a garment I’ve made this week – wonders will never cease. 

Let’s cut to the chase. The pattern is the Sew Over It Doris Dress, which I purchased last year as a PDF. I printed and assembled the pattern a while ago – somewhere between 3 and 6 months. I knew I would need to use a wide cotton fabric, due to the skirt having seven panels, and pretty much dating back to when I cut out the PDF, I knew I wanted to use this pretty floral fabric. It was not expensive, bought as part of a batch from The Textile Centre. The listing said it was ex-Zara and when it arrived I was pleased with the appearance and quality, as well as the delicate muted colours. 

I chose to make the view with the tie back, in the longer length. This is still fairly short on me but a nice length for a summer dress. 

As it’s half term I’ve just returned from a night away with my mum in sunny Scarborough. It was the first time either of us had visited since we went on a day out with my mum’s work ~ almost 20 years ago! We stayed at North Bay and didn’t stray too far from our accommodation but found Scarborough to be lovely, and the perfect place to get a few photos for this post. 

I’m happy with how this dress has turned out. I took my time with it, and it probably took me around 8 hours in total. I’m pleased with the fit – I cut the pattern out as a 14 which actually fits me fairly perfectly on the bodice. I don’t love the finish of the sleeves; just a double turned hem, but apart from that I think I would remake with very few adjustments. 

It’s ages since I made anything with buttonholes and buttons but they went pretty well using my machine. I used some buttons from my stash, after canvassing IG for opinions on which matched nicely. On bank holiday Monday I made a quick sleeveless top, and my next dress is already cut out and partially sewn. Who knows, perhaps I’ll get photos AND write another post soon! Perhaps..

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7 responses to “The Doris Dress

  1. Lovely to read this post, the Doris dress is a great style for you. Look forward to seeing more sewing!

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  2. I haven’t seen a bad version of this frock and yours is lovely!

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  3. Lovely to see you back, though I’m so behind with my blog reading I’m a bit clue Jess as to what’s going on with everyone!
    This style of frock suits you so well, I bet you could dress it up for a meal out too. Love you photo shoot too, I think you could hire your mum out 😁

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  4. Love it! It’s the perfect length on you & I really love the fabric too 😍 Scarborough has always been one of those places that I’ll never tire of, I love how quaint some of the scenery is.

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  5. I’ve seen this on IG. I love the fabric. It is very soft looking – the print and the feel of it. Nice choice of buttons! Doris looks great on you. Those colourful buildings in the background are a nice backdrop!

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  6. Moyra Disney

    That dress Is lovely.reall,y suits you.and the nice weather in Scarborough was obviously like a summer day so you were able to wear it.good luck for Sunday.I will be thinking of you. Just take care love you lots nannan.xxxxxx By the way who was Doris? Sent from my iPad

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