Caroline’s Davie Dress

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to show you my first iteration of our new Davie Dress that I made during our testing phase. Always helpful to see a new pattern on different body types, isn’t it?

Davie Dress 1So here is our Davie dress, view B, in size 14. I lengthened it by an inch or so, which is an automatic adjustment I make for almost all dress patterns. You can always shorten but you can’t lengthen once the fabric is cut – so I’d rather be safe than sorry. I’m 5’8″, in case you’re wondering!

Davie Dress 2

Aside from lengthening, didn’t make any adjustments to the pattern. Obviously there is some pulling at the bust since I’m larger than the B cup that our patterns are drafted for. I wanted to see if I could get away without doing a FBA, since it’s in knit fabric. The answer is no. Next time I’ll make a full bust adjustment. Perhaps if my fabric was more slinky and stretchy it would be fine, but with a firm ponte knit, it will look nicer if there isn’t any pulling from the shoulders to the bust.

Davie Dress 5The fabric is a reversible grey/black double knit from my shop. It’s sold out now though! It’s the same fabric we used for two samples that the model wore in the photoshoot. I think reversible knits are perfect for this dress, because you can play with colour blocking in the different panels.

I like how this dress flares out from the waist to the hem. The princess seams make my waist look smaller and the keyhole is really cute! I think it’s flattering even though it hugs some of my lumps and bumps. Being part of the pattern testing process for Sewaholic is fun, because I get to try out styles that I might not normally wear. It pushes me out of my style comfort zone a little bit. I’ve realized that in the past I would often rule out certain styles or cuts because I thought they would be unflattering or hug me in the wrong places. I still do this sometimes, but I’m working on not selling myself (or my body) short. This is probably part of a bigger discussion, but sewing has given me the opportunity to really get to know my body more intimately and ultimately accept and love it more. Do you guys feel that way too? It’s been pretty liberating!

Davie Dress 3 The Davie Dress evokes a bit of a 60s vibe for me, but it’s still modern and fresh. I’m imagining my next version in a mustard yellow ponte knit, with creamy tights, swedish hasbeens and cat-eye makeup. Ou-la-la!

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38 Responses to Caroline’s Davie Dress

  1. Susanne March 18, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    I think this style looks very good on you even if it’s not something you’d normally wear. Once you fix the pulling in the bust area it will be an overall flattering dress!

  2. Zete March 18, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    I love how it looks on you! I think this dress would look good on everyone.

  3. claudia March 18, 2015 at 7:02 am #

    Caroline, you look fabulous in this dress! I also thought that this style wasn’t for me, but your post has encouraged me to give it a try!
    OMG, and I need me some Hasbeens!!!

    • Caroline Amanda March 19, 2015 at 10:23 am #

      Thank you! I’m a hasbeens addict. A few months ago I didn’t have any… then a sale happened on amazon and suddenly I have four pairs. OOPS! :)

  4. Julie Culshaw March 18, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    Perhaps a little more ease at the back waist too. It seems to hang up on your backside there. It is a cute dress. And the fabric is lovely.

  5. Serina March 18, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    So beautiful!

  6. Veronica Darling March 18, 2015 at 8:00 am #

    Oh, I’m so happy to see this on you! Thanks for posting Caroline! I just bought the pattern and started to wonder what it’d be like on curvier figures… I’m 4’11 but probably a similar shape to you! You’ve done a great job… Yippee. Can’t wait to sew mine now!

  7. Violeta March 18, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    It really is cute on you! I love the fabric, too. Will you post the version after adjustments? I’d love to see how the adjustments make a difference. Thanks!

  8. Carol March 18, 2015 at 8:31 am #

    Great to see this dress on you! I was considering it but was not sure. Now I’m sure! I will be purchasing this to make in white!!

  9. Kaoru Marie March 18, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    Caroline, this dress looks great on you! It’s a very flattering style and the contrast panels really do have a slimming effect. While I liked the pattern when it was released I was on the fence about whether it was a “buy right now” pattern. After seeing this version on you I’m convinced it is a pattern I need to make right away!

  10. Emma March 18, 2015 at 9:42 am #

    Super cute! Love the colour blocking. This dress was also something I wasn’t sure about making, but I love how it looks on you!

  11. Vicky Gorry March 18, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Like some of the other commenters, I wasn’t sure it was the right style for me, but it looks good on you. When I get more comfortable with knits, I’ll be giving it a try.

  12. Hélène March 18, 2015 at 10:21 am #

    Very flattering! This style is so classic and timeless. I think it is a win on any silhouette. I can’t wait to try it out.

  13. Gretchen March 18, 2015 at 10:30 am #

    You look wonderful in this! I’m definitely going to have to give this pattern (and that fabric) a try. It’s like a new classic LBD, really.

  14. jody March 18, 2015 at 11:55 am #

    I LOVE this style on you! So perfect!

  15. Anne March 18, 2015 at 12:07 pm #

    Looks so good on you!!!! This is so tempting to sew! What am I waiting for?!!

  16. Ann T. March 18, 2015 at 12:24 pm #

    Once you work out the fit issues, this dress will be adorable on you. I find it exceedingly flattering, the way that you used gray in the middle, and black on each side. I am going to do that exact same thing, when I make this dress — which I will do now, because of how cute you look in it.

    • Claudia March 18, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Ann, Caroline,
      Caroline, I always wait for your posts to any pattern, because I have a body that wont fit in one size from top to bottom any longer, so I like how to adjust a pattern an learn from it.

      I didn’t like the pattern at first.. but will give it a try now “because of how cute you look in it” :-)

  17. Sabrina March 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    i love it!!!!. I can’t wait for this pattern. It looks so comfortable and I too can see myself wearing this!

  18. Edie March 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm #

    Caroline! I too think the style is great for you! The pattern design combines two of my favorites, the flared skirt and the princess seams. I know I will need to make adjustments to the bust, as I’m much larger than the B cup as well. I’m looking forward to the outcome. I have some t shirt weight fabric already and will probably give the pattern a try with that, but I will peruse your stock as well for a different version. Love Blackbird Fabrics by the way! All the best!

    • Caroline Amanda March 19, 2015 at 10:25 am #

      Thank you so much and so glad you love the shop! All the best to you too :)

  19. Marike Smit March 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    What a beautiful dress! I am interested in seeing how it looks after you have done a fba.

  20. Mary Catherine March 18, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    I will also likely need a FBA – any suggestions for adding them to this dress? I’ve never altered princess seams.

    • Caroline Amanda March 19, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Tasia covers princess seam FBA in the Pendrell sew-along here:
      It will be a bit different for the Davie dress as the princess seams go into the armhole, not the shoulder. But the same idea! When I make my adjustments and sew up a new version of the Davie dress for myself, I’ll try to share the FBA steps on here. :)

      • Mary Catherine March 19, 2015 at 4:49 pm #

        Thank you so so much!!

  21. Annette March 18, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Just got my pattern today, too! Love this dress on you, and once your do your FBA, and feel comfortable in it, I think you will love this on you too! TFS, Annette

  22. Carol March 18, 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    Caroline, this dress looks great on you!

  23. Susan - aka Knitters-Delight March 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    Gorgeous! I love this and need to get this pattern soon.

  24. Sherri March 18, 2015 at 6:27 pm #

    Caroline, you’re adorable! For future posts would you consider walking us through the FBA? I’d love to see how you do it and your results.

  25. Carolyn March 19, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    Caroline, this dress is so cute on you! I’m glad you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone to give this dress a try, and I’m sure your next one will be even better. Mustard yellow sounds to die for!

  26. Sarah March 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

    I love it on you, it’s very flattering! Can’t wait to see more versions of this dress.

  27. Jane March 20, 2015 at 4:20 am #

    Adore this on you! I wasn’t that taken by the pattern at first but now I see how flattering it can be… I even kind of like the pull-lines from shoulder to bust! You could adjust a bit next time and turn it into pleats at the shoulder… hmm….

  28. Tracy March 20, 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    I love it, and I hope you will be doing a tutorial on FBA on a princess seam!?

  29. Visitor March 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    I don’t think it’s flattering. The effect of the color blocking is to make the body wider, a look which most women want to avoid.

    • Visitor March 21, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      BTW, I hope I haven’t caused offense. I considered starting with the female verbal mannerisms I often encounter on blog posts, such as, “I know this will be an unpopular opinion…”, or “Sorry, but…”. I decided to simply state what I thought.

      I’m also of two minds about displaying the garments without adjustments. On the one hand, I really appreciate the candor of the effort: This is what you will get if you sew the pattern right out of the envelope. I also know how tremendously time-consuming it can be to make fitting adjustments. But I wonder how well presentations of unfitted garments serve the product and the company.

      • Caroline Amanda March 23, 2015 at 10:00 am #

        Hi there,

        You haven’t caused offense. You have the right to an opinion and I appreciate your honesty! In regards to displaying the garment without adjustment – I actually think this dress is still very wearable. My next version will fit better with a FBA, but I still intend to wear this version and I personally still like the way it looks despite being snug in the bust. So that is why I chose to show it :)

        I am not against a difference of opinion – it spices things up a bit. All the best!

  30. Carlee McTavish April 1, 2015 at 3:55 am #

    That’s too bad about the pulling, but good to know for me! Your version is really pretty though!

  31. joelyne April 3, 2015 at 5:04 pm #

    Looks awesome, I love it!