Dotted Davie Dress

Here’s the finished Davie Dress from the last two tutorial posts!

Recently, I demonstrated how to sew the neckline binding on the Davie Dress. It’s the one step that might be challenging or different on this simple pattern. I also showed how to trim the hem evenly using the attachment on my dress form, which is more important for the longer version.

And here is the finished dress! It’s View A, the knee length option with cap sleeves.

davie dress in navy dotted knit

Back view:

davie dress in navy dotted knit-2

The fabric is a printed knit from Fabricana. I try to photograph the label on the bolt of fabric when I’m in the fabric store, so I can remember the content. This time, I forgot! (But I like the fabric so when I’m back in the store, I may look for it again in a different print or colour.) It’s some sort of synthetic with a texture pattern. It’s a bit thick and spongy so it’ll be forgiving to wear and not show lumps and bumps.

dotted davie dress

On this version of the Davie Dress, I skipped the topstitching, and pressed the seams open gently instead. For the keyhole neckline, since the topstitching is what keeps the seam allowances out of the way, I catchstitched the seam allowances to the dress on both sides of the opening. It doesn’t look amazing from the inside, but it does the trick.

davie dress keyhole_

Luckily, it looks just fine from the right side.

davie dress in navy dotted knit-3

You could also catchstitch in between the seam allowance and the dress, so the stitching isn’t visible. Or topstitch beside the keyhole, across the bottom, and back up to the top, so the stitching outlines the keyhole instead of running up and down the entire seam. Lots of choices here!

davie dress in polka dot knit-3

This is an ideal dress for travelling, especially if you use a wrinkle-resistant knit fabric like this one. Roll it up in your suitcase, and when you unpack it’s ready to wear! Synthetic knits dry quickly too, if you plan to wash and dry your clothing on a trip. (I’m speaking for myself here, I’d love to make a few of these for travelling soon!) Cap sleeves and the knee length skirt make it a go-anywhere dress with the comfort of a tee shirt.

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35 Responses to Dotted Davie Dress

  1. sarah April 14, 2015 at 8:05 am #

    This dress might be the one that sells me on the pattern! Looks great.

    • Tasia April 14, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Thank you! :)

  2. Veronica Darling April 14, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    Oh, so great! I’ll try this version (maybe a shorter hem) for my first one… I’m making it next, after my #SpringforCotton dress!


    • Tasia April 14, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Thanks! It’s easy to shorten the hem even if you started with the long version.

  3. Annette April 14, 2015 at 10:44 am #

    One word, Wow!

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      Aw thanks! :)

  4. Carolyn Lawson April 14, 2015 at 11:03 am #

    Love the dress! So cute and looks comfy.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:48 am #

      It really is. It looks way more fancy that it feels – it’s just like a long tee shirt to wear!

  5. Lauren McGill April 14, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    Love your fabric choice. I was going to comment on what a great travel dress this would make but you beat me to it! Great idea for a versatile dress to bring with you for almost any occasion, depending on fabric choice.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Exactly! Dress it up with sandals, dress it down with a cardigan and flats. Plus knee length makes it good for visiting attractions with a dress code – and I think cap sleeves count as sleeves, for places where you have to cover the shoulders.

  6. Tracey Farquharson April 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

    Love your material – the dress looks fabulous :)

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:49 am #

      Thank you!

  7. Lesley Scott April 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

    I really like your keyhole Tasia, good solution for interest near the face.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      I thought so too! It helps to break up the expanse of fabric from cap sleeve to cap sleeve and draw the eye up. (Without drawing the eye into the cleavage, you know?)

  8. Tiffany April 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Gorgeous! Your dress looks perfect for spring. :)

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks! I’ve worn it quite a few times already.

  9. Michelle April 14, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    I love this dress! I can see this in many colours, love your fabric choice too!

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Thanks! It’s a versatile design and can look different depending on your fabric choice or hem length.

  10. Melwyk April 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

    Oh great. Now I want to make this pattern asap, as well!! This is a gorgeous version. Tasia, you are dominating my sewing queue ;)

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      Nice! I think that’s a good thing? :)

  11. Hélène April 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Simply perfect! You look wonderful.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:51 am #

      Thank you! It’s an easy dress to wear.

  12. Tina April 14, 2015 at 6:56 pm #

    I love your dress, Tasia. I am getting ready to place an order for the pattern and was wondering if you could help me with what type of fabric I should be looking for since I will have to shop online. No good knit fabrics in my local stores :(. I was wanting a knit fabric which will resemble the flowy look of the blue print that was used for the model.

    • Tina April 15, 2015 at 5:44 am #

      Tasia, I have been searching online & I found this fabric & wondered if you could give some guidance if this would be good. Thanks.

      • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 11:06 am #

        Hard to tell without touching it, it does look like it would give you the same drapey effect of the blue version in our product photos. Cotton spandex knits can be heavy in longer garments that aren’t fitted snug to the body so if you want to make the knee length version, it might stretch out too much. Then you’ll end up with armholes too large and bust shaping below your bust, not ideal. The print is awesome and the price is not too high, so it’s worth a try!

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      It is hard to shop for knit fabrics online, because feeling the fabric in your hands can give you a better idea of what will work well! There’s always a chance what you buy online won’t work out for what you had planned.

      The blue print on the model is a 95% Polyester 5% Spandex jersey knit. It’s between light and medium weight with a dry, not slippery hand feel. There are very similar options at our local store Fabricana, but they don’t sell online.
      I would look for synthetic knits versus cotton because cotton is often heavier. I’d also look for around 5% spandex or less, too much stretch and the dress will stretch and grow in length. I believe ITY knits would work, something like this:

      Gorgeous Fabrics has great-looking neoprene knits for a trendy look, these look super cool and would give you a bit more of an A-line look!

      For a look closer to the grey version in our model photos, look for double knits or ponte. Like so: they have prints and solids!

      Take all of my recommendations as a guideline, because I prefer to choose knits when I can feel them myself. Sometimes you just don’t know until you sew it up, too. Something that seems lightweight might be too heavy for a knee length dress, but would be fine in the shorter version. I know that isn’t super helpful, but know that there’s always an element of guesswork when choosing knit fabrics, especially online. Good luck and I hope you find something you love!

  13. Camilla April 15, 2015 at 2:29 am #

    This is so pretty. It looks like a comfy dress to wear too.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 11:02 am #

      Thanks! It is very comfy.

  14. Rae @ April 15, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    I love how this came together. Polka dots/spots are my favorite pattern so this is right up my alley.

    • Tasia April 15, 2015 at 10:47 am #

      Thanks! I love dots and spots as well. This one’s nice because the dots are scattered and uneven, making it a little more interesting and different.

  15. Kyle April 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    Thanks for showing how the keyhole is sewn. I don’t like keyholes but it looks like I could just sew it straight up the front instead of leaving the hole for the keyhole, or maybe put it on fold (with SA removed). I’m going to buy the pattern now, thanks!

  16. Terri April 29, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    Tasia, I am about to make this dress, and I am wondering if I should choose the size based on upper bust measurement (works with big4) or should I go down a size because it is a knit? Thank you and my dd and I love your patterns and think of you whenever in the Vancouver BC area. :)


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