Davie Dress: Black and White

Here’s another version of the Davie Dress, sewn for myself. These photos were taken by a friend who’s taller than me, so I look a bit short today!

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I used a black and white jacquard knit fabric, with solid black ponte panels for the sides. Ponte is an ideal fabric for this pattern as it’s stable, doesn’t stretch with the weight of the garment, and doesn’t cling to the body too much. Topstitched seams look great in ponte fabric as well.

The patterned knit is a similar weight, so if you’re planning to combine two different fabrics for this dress, make sure they are of similar weights.

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The black panels are slimming and flattering. I really like using contrast fabrics with this dress pattern, and I’ll do it again on future versions. I do think it may be a bit too high-contrast, something that wasn’t quite so black and white might look better. Though it does give you a great look at the shape of the panels!

Back view:

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This is View B, the shorter length option with cap sleeves.

Want to see something spooky about the black-and-white fabric? It has secret monkey faces! I didn’t notice until I Instagrammed a photo and saw the little surprised ‘O’ mouths staring at me.

spot the monkey face

Luckily, the faces run sideways so they aren’t quite as obvious. But now that I’ve said something, you can pick them out of the finished dress photos!

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I really love this dress design. It’s much simpler to sew than it appears and it’s a flattering shape. I’ll be sewing myself more of these in the future! I like the short version to wear with tights, and the longer version with bare legs.

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18 Responses to Davie Dress: Black and White

  1. Dale Odberg April 21, 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Very nice lines!

  2. colleen April 21, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    You always look adorable, short or tall! I really do love this dress. I’m off knits until I lose the last 35 pounds because: lumps and bumps make me crazy!

    • Tasia April 22, 2015 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks! The thicker the knit, the less obvious any lumps & bumps will be as the fabric will skim over curves rather than cling to them. My two cents anyways!

  3. sonia April 21, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    I think this is my favourite version. Love it. It’s great to be able to vary a design so much, much easier if you make several of the same design.

    • Tasia April 22, 2015 at 9:01 am #

      Thank you! Yes, I agree, it’s nice to make each version slightly different if you find a pattern you like and want to make several times.

  4. Tiffany April 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Very pretty dress! It fits you so well! :)

    • Tasia April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      Thank you!

  5. Sue April 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    …really lovely, and very flattering. I want to make it!!

    • Tasia April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am #


  6. kleiderschmiede April 22, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    I love this dress. But you seem to have the same issue, as I had on my Davie Dress and as many other bloggers have: The armholes are cut way to low. In bigger sizes they are so big, that you can see the cup of the bra. Unfortunately I didn’t make a muslin, as Sewaholic Patterns fitted me just fine in the past. Not I can throw away my Davie Dress and 50€ worth of fabric :(

    • Tasia April 22, 2015 at 9:00 am #

      If the armholes were any higher, since there’s an extended cap sleeve on the pattern, it would be hard to put your arm through the armhole! I don’t find that the armholes are too low on this dress. If you want a higher cut armhole, the sleeveless version would work best for that, as you can raise the armhole much higher since there’s no cap sleeve to restrict movement. Sorry that your first version didn’t work out as you hoped!

  7. Hillary koodirile April 22, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    You are making interesting projects that capture my attention. I wish i could visit you where you are and learn pattern making skills and make them. Are you makin the patterns using a Computer. Thank you for sharing your skills. I live in Botswana and done Fashion Design in San Francisco, Carlifornia in 2003. I wish to refine the skills and teach my fellow country people.

  8. Lauren April 22, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Love this dress design! It looks great on you. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Annette April 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm #

    Sorry, my email wasn’t working properly, so I didn’t see this blog entry right off. But I LOVE your dress! As always, you’ve done a fabulous job! And the monkey faces, they are kind of cute! My nephew was a little monkey for his first Halloween. So, I love monkeys!

  10. Amber May 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Oh my God you look amazing in that dress. Nice choice of fabric

    Super love this Davie Dress pattern. I have been looking for a perfect black dress pattern to sew for myself and I think this pattern will work on my body type.

    I might skip the keyhole neckline thing but other than that its perfect. I hope I can try sewing this for me using your pattern Tasia. I think the jersey version is super cute too. ;)

    I am a new fan.

  11. Laura June 8, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Oh my gawd is this cute! Love the changes you made…..you look fantastic!

  12. Amanda December 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm #

    Great job on the dress, I love the way it turned out. I’m trying to picture this with a light sweater or jacket. If you were to wear this with a jacket would it look best in the patterned fabric or the solid?


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