Introducing the next pattern… the Davie Dress!

I’m excited to introduce our newest pattern – the Davie Dress!

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View B

The Davie Dress is a flared knit dress with princess seams, two length options and a keyhole neckline. You asked for a knit dress – and here it is!

Our goal with this pattern was to offer an elegant and classy take on the basic knit dress. I wanted it to be feminine with a tailored look, but every bit as comfortable as a tee shirt like the Renfrew Top.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View B

Originally we designed this dress for using double knits and ponte fabrics. The grey fabric we chose is reversible so we used both sides of the fabric for one of the dresses.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View C

Then I wondered what it might look like in a softer, clingy jersey knit… and the result is fantastic!

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View A

In a jersey fabric, it’s swingy and hugs your curves.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View A

In a ponte di roma or double knit, it’s more structured and holds its A-line shape.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View B

Same pattern, two different looks! I loved the look of the short, cute, A-line Davie Dress but once I saw the longer version in jersey, I liked the look of this pattern even more. It’s nice to be able to use just about any knit fabric for this pattern, depending on the look you’re after. It’s even beautiful from the back view.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View A

The keyhole neckline shows just a peek of skin, while the neckline itself has a gentle scoop without being too low for the office. Cap sleeves add a bit of coverage and balance out the hips, but it’s still easy to layer a jacket or cardigan on top. The short version also includes a sleeveless option if you prefer no cap sleeves, or if you always plan to layer something on top.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View B

Princess seams allow for easy alteration, and the back seams curve towards the nape of the neck in a flattering way.

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View C

This dress is really quite easy to sew, the most challenging part is the neckline and it’s not that hard. We have a tutorial planned for sewing the neckline on the Davie Dress, so you’ll be covered!

What’s new with this pattern?

New for 2015:

  • Extended sizing 0-20, all in one envelope
  • French translations as free downloads
  • Metric on the back envelope
  • PDF pattern available at the same time as the printed pattern

Davie Dress by Sewaholic Patterns, View C

Pick up your copy of the Davie Dress pattern today! Here are quick links to the shop:

Thanks for your support, and I hope you like the new pattern. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

ps. if you downloaded the Davie Dress pattern before 8:58pm Pacific Time last night, there’s been an update to the tiled pattern pieces. We edited the file so please download an updated version. I contacted everyone who purchased the pattern, but just in case, I thought I’d point it out here as well!

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91 Responses to Introducing the next pattern… the Davie Dress!

  1. Sonya March 13, 2015 at 6:04 am #

    Another gorgeous pattern! This is definitely going on my ever expanding to-do list :)

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      Thanks so much! I know, my to-sew list is always growing as well. Luckily this one is a fast project compared to others!

  2. Susanne March 13, 2015 at 6:19 am #

    What a lovely pattern! Princess seams are my favorite, easy to alter and very flattering. I also really like how the different fabrics change the look of that dress. It makes it so versatile!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:12 am #

      It really is versatile, I agree! I was going to specify doubleknits and ponte knits, as that was the original plan, but it looks really nice in a lighter weight knit as well.

  3. Anne March 13, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    It’s gorgeous! I’d love to make this for my daughter

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Lucky daughter!

  4. Nicole March 13, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    I will definitely be adding this to my collection.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:10 am #

      I’m happy to hear that!

  5. Fiona M March 13, 2015 at 6:36 am #

    Very nice!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks so much!

  6. amanda March 13, 2015 at 6:49 am #

    absolutely beautiful! Great design

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:09 am #

      Thank you!

  7. Tracy March 13, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Love it! Comfort & elegance -perfect for the office!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      It would be a great work dress! With a blazer and heels, you’re good to go.

  8. Michelle March 13, 2015 at 7:08 am #

    What a lovely dress pattern.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks!

  9. Eulalia March 13, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    Great pattern! And great news, Spanish translations.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:07 am #

      I’m so happy to hear that you’re excited about Spanish translations! I wasn’t sure how many people would be using them so thanks for leaving a comment, it’s great to know they’ll be useful!

  10. Nayla March 13, 2015 at 7:10 am #

    Beautiful dress! I was hoping for a non-knit pattern, but I must admit, the fit would be amazing in a knit and also comfortable. I love the higher scoop neckline, the keyhole detail and the princess seams!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      Thanks! Yes, the same design would be pretty in a woven but extremely comfortable in a knit. So glad you like it!

  11. zilredloh March 13, 2015 at 7:12 am #

    Ohh Pretty. As I’m delving more into knits – this will be the perfect addition to my wardrobe this spring/summer.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks Liz! It’s an easy one for getting into knit fabrics as it doesn’t require a serger, and includes a few tips on working with knit fabrics.

  12. Heather L March 13, 2015 at 7:18 am #

    Love it!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Thanks!

  13. Tasha March 13, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    Such a cute dress and potential to be a real wardrobe staple! Love it!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:02 am #

      Thank you! It would look fantastic on you with all your handknit cardigans :)

  14. Catholic Bibliophagist March 13, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    I love this pattern! But since I’m older than your target demographic I have qualms about the keyhole neckline (even though I love the look on your models). Do you think I could make it without the keyhole and still be able to get the dress on and off?

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 10:01 am #

      That’s a really good question. You don’t need the keyhole neckline to get the dress on and off, it doesn’t open fully. It’s really more of an opening in the seam, but the seam is shut above and below the peekaboo part.

      So yes! You can skip the keyhole entirely. We’ve included a note about what to do if you find it too low or open in the instructions. However you could try it, and see if you like it, and then if you hate it simply sew that part of the seam shut. It does help break up the expanse of fabric visually so it’s not a block of fabric from shoulder to shoulder. Design-wise, I wouldn’t skip it, but I can see why you might not want it there!

  15. Samina March 13, 2015 at 7:30 am #

    This is perfect – I can see living in this almost year-around. I will order this & when I can actually get around to sewing again, I will make a zillion versions of it!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      A zillion – you’ll never worry about what to wear in the mornings, ever again!

  16. Sarah March 13, 2015 at 7:50 am #

    Excellent! Bought as soon as I got the email! How would it go do you think, adding a sleeve eg from the Renfrew? Would it be too tricky to get the pieces to match?

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:58 am #

      It’s a good question and I’m sure others are wondering the same thing! I haven’t tried this, but I would reference the armhole from the Renfrew if you wanted to add the Renfrew sleeve. The Davie Dress has an armhole designed for a sleeveless fit, so it won’t be an exact match even if you choose the same size. If you do give it a try I’d love to see!

  17. Catherine March 13, 2015 at 8:13 am #

    Wow! The blue jersey makes the Davie dress really feminine & i daresay, chic maternity wear. Lol.. Though on me it might hug every unsightly lump & bump hehe. Love the design!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      It would be an interesting choice for maternity wear, I’d imagine it would be like adjusting for a full bust, but placing the fullness in the ‘bump’ area instead. :)

  18. Mandykatt March 13, 2015 at 8:25 am #

    EEE! That’s such a beautiful knit dress! Congratulations on another wonderful pattern. Purchasing this pattern is my “motivation” for getting through my mending at home. Once it’s all done I can order the Davie.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:56 am #

      Sounds like a good way to get that mending done!

  19. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 13, 2015 at 8:30 am #

    Congrats Tasia! You’ve designed another winner!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      Thank you!

  20. nothy March 13, 2015 at 8:41 am #

    Oh I love this. What a fanatastic dress. I can’t wait to get my pdf copy….

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      Thanks, I’m glad you like it!

  21. Petite Josette March 13, 2015 at 8:45 am #

    this is a very cute dress! i really love the sleeveless one with contrasting fabric, but the lighter knit version looks great as well. in the first photo, I thought there was even a flounce at the bottom of the skirt (pattern hack anyone?). great versatile pattern!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:55 am #

      As it gets longer, the pieces become more flared, it does look quite flouncey! I did try adding godets to the hemline and felt wasn’t a good look, too much going on. I also made a very high-contrast version that I’ll post next week, the panels really stand out that way!

  22. Ms Modiste March 13, 2015 at 8:54 am #

    So classic, and so swingtastic, that is going to be a very nice little dance dress.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      I agree!

  23. Amy March 13, 2015 at 9:07 am #

    This looks gorgeous! It’s extremely similar to my favorite RTW dress that I’ve always wanted to replicate, so I’m really excited about this release!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      How perfect! You already know that this shape and style suits you, now you can make a ton of them!

  24. Ryann March 13, 2015 at 9:14 am #

    LOVE!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks! Love the all-caps enthusiasm!

  25. Laura Malley March 13, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Thank you for making such a versatile pattern. I love sewing with knits and I find that they are the most flattering on my body. I can see that this pattern is going to get used a lot. I may now consider a PDF so that I can make it every season. This is perfect for our west coast lifestyle/weather. All year round with the right layering pieces. Well done!! Hit this outta the park

  26. Laura Malley March 13, 2015 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you for making such a versatile pattern. I love sewing with knits and I find that they are the most flattering on my body. I can see that this pattern is going to get used a lot. I may now consider a PDF so that I can make it every season. This is perfect for our west coast lifestyle/weather. All year round with the right layering pieces. Well done!! Hit this outta the park.

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:47 am #

      Thanks so much! It’s a quick one to make, too. You’ll be able to make a lot of them in a short time! I’m so glad you like it.

  27. Hélène March 13, 2015 at 9:35 am #

    In the knit dresses category, several indie patterns were introduced over the last two years (lady skater, moneta, nettie, etc.) but this new one with princess seams really fills a gap. Great work!

    • Tasia March 13, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. It’s different from the three you mentioned, for sure!

  28. Jenny March 13, 2015 at 10:15 am #

    I love it. It looks like a pattern that can be used over and over again through all seasons. I will order next week. Can’t wait to get it.

  29. Awfulknitter March 13, 2015 at 11:05 am #

    [buys pdf]

    [sprints towards stash]

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      Love this comment! :)

  30. Leslie March 13, 2015 at 11:17 am #

    I love your new pattern and will order the pattern right away. It will be a perfect travel dress to sew!

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      I totally agree!

  31. Carol Crocker-Ware March 13, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    That dress will be cute in the summer in all white! Kudo’s to your new model. She adorable!

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:50 am #

      Thank you! I am so glad you like our model, Emily, I’m thrilled with how the photos turned out.

  32. Mayumi Adler March 13, 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Spanish instructions are great news! And this is a very cute dress, so I think I can use it a lot. Without the keyhole, because I am not sure about it and I don’t usually like them, but I am sure it’s an easy change. Great job ^^

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Glad you’re excited about the Spanish instructions! Yes, you can totally skip the keyhole. It seems to be a common question, I really like the detail but I can see it not working for everyone’s tastes.

  33. Amos March 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Have you or your pattern testers tried to add pockets either to the side seams or the front princess seams? Pockets and knit dresses can get tricky and droopy, but I have to have pockets!

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am #

      I think you’re right – they’d be bulky and droopy. I’d want to say using a double knit or thicker knit might help reduce droopiness, but then it would add even more bulk. Personally, I’d remove the pockets if this dress came with them! There isn’t really a great place to add them without adding lumps and bumps. Maybe a patch pocket but that would distract from the nice vertical lines of the dress. I can’t think of a great way to add them so they stay shut (zippered pockets, maybe?) and don’t look lumpy. If I think of anything or see anyone do it, I’ll let you know!

  34. Amanda March 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Such a great dress! I especially love the blue version. Thanks for coming out with a knit. The keyhole is such a pretty detail, but I’m glad you pointed out in the comments that it could be sewn up easily enough. I only say that because it might be a bit revealing on me, and I’m overly self-conscious about this at work! Anyway, I’ll give it a try with it in and see. :) Congrats on another great pattern!

  35. Sue March 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    Another great design! I don’t usually wear dresses, but I would love to try this one!

  36. Laura March 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Another winner! I just love the cap sleeves.

  37. Azzy March 13, 2015 at 1:47 pm #

    So pleased this has come out! I was planning to go fabric shopping today, so purchased the pattern first thing and came home with a lovely teal knit and some Liberty jersey that should be perfect for the longer version. Just got to work on my FBA and I’ll be set!

  38. Robin March 13, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

    Ohhh… I have some beautiful double knit that is pink on one side, and white with pink tribal designs on the other that is just calling to be made in to the contrast version of this dress…. Beautiful design and can’t wait to try it!

  39. May March 13, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Congratulations!! This is an amazing pattern and I can’t wait to sew it up! Keep being awesome :)

  40. Amy March 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    I’m glad to see you release a knit dress. A perfect addition to your current line of patterns!

  41. Ami-May March 13, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    Wow I love this dress, amazing like your other patterns, currently taping together the granville dress and going to carry on working on the cambie, the zip gave me so trouble due to my concentration haha…. Can’t wait to show it of though, its perfect for summer,

    Thank you for creating patterns for us curvy ladies.

    p.s here’s my blog post on my first cordova jacket which i am sooo in love with, I have quilted faux leather planned next, already have my fabric :) x

    http://www.stitchinginsane.co.uk/cerise-cordova-jacket/

    Ami-May

  42. Ami-May March 13, 2015 at 9:57 pm #

    oops I meant granville shirt*

  43. Elaïse March 14, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    It’s an amazing pattern I need it^^ Bravo!

  44. Kelly March 14, 2015 at 3:43 am #

    I was wondering, do you think this would work in a cotton sateen? I am after a rock and roll dress, and a knit isn’t what I want.
    Thanks, and by the way…..LOVE YOUR WORK! Lol xxxxx

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:45 am #

      I just answered this question – seems to be a popular one! I’m not certain as we haven’t tried it, and you’d want to change the armhole finishing, and possibly size up or choose a stretch woven. But it does have princess seams to fit over curves, so it might work out ok! Would love to see if you give it a try.

  45. Juliette March 14, 2015 at 4:14 am #

    Just wondering if I could add an invisible zip down the back or side and make this in a woven fabric? What do you think?

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:43 am #

      I’m not certain it would look good, as I haven’t tried it myself, and I like to recommend things we’ve tried so I know they work. You’d have to change the armhole finishing, and you may want to size up so the fit isn’t too snug. Then again, it might be really nice! Let me know if you give it a try as I’d love to see.

  46. Mandy March 15, 2015 at 2:02 am #

    I am looking forward to trying this pattern and seeing what others do with it. :-) How would this work as a full length (maxi) dress? Could I just add length to make it go to my ankles? :-)

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:40 am #

      You certainly could! I’d love to see that if you do. It’ll be quite flared if you continue the panels at the same angle, so you may want to reduce the flare. (Or not – might be more dramatic that way!)

  47. aslipperysloper March 15, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    I’m wondering what stretch percentage my fabric should have, I can’t seem to find that info on the sale page or envelope back. There is a stretch chart, but having the actual number would helpful, at least for me.

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:37 am #

      At least 25% stretch – it’s on the fabric section that says moderate stretch knits with at least 25% stretch. You can do more, and you may be able to get away with a little bit less for a snug fit.

  48. Veronica Darling March 16, 2015 at 7:32 am #

    WOW Tasia, I will have to get this! I’m on the look out for this kind of shape, and this looks like a lovely shape for larger bust, a high neck, but not. (I can’t do high necks because of the larger bust) Fantastic!

    • Tasia March 16, 2015 at 9:35 am #

      So glad you like it! It’s good to hear you like the look of this style for a larger bustline. Means it’ll probably look great on a variety of figures. I’d love to see what you make!

  49. smokvichica March 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm #

    I am just wondering if it would work with stripes. Could the side panels be cut on a bias?

    • Tasia March 17, 2015 at 8:47 am #

      I think it would work OK with stripes! I haven’t sewn one in stripes myself, but I think it could look pretty neat. You’d want to line up the stripes across each panel so they match as they cross the body. It shouldn’t be too hard to do. Here are some posts that might be useful:
      http://sewaholic.net/cutting-striped-knit-fabric-matching-stripes/
      http://sewaholic.net/three-tips-for-sewing-stripes/
      I wouldn’t cut the side panels on the bias, you may lose the stretch if the greatest amount of stretch is around the body. The bias knit panels might hang weirdly too. Knit fabrics on the bias aren’t the same as woven fabrics on the bias.
      If you do make a striped Davie Dress I’d love to see it! Could be really cool and sporty.

  50. Sol March 18, 2015 at 6:16 am #

    It’s so beautiful dress!! I’m admired your patterns!

  51. Emily March 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

    This dress is absolutely beautiful. I have a red ponte fabric and I can’t wait to try to sew it!!

  52. Sherri March 20, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    I love the look of this dress for my pear body! I just bought the pattern at Bolt Fabric and a reversible berry knit fabric at Modern Domestic in Portland. My Saturday morning plans are set!

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