My Sew Over It Heather Dress

I’d had my eye on the Sew Over It Heather dress since it was released.  Knit dresses are definitely the most worn things in my wardrobe and the Heather was quite different from the ones I already had.  It also had enormous pockets which is a big plus in my book.

Here’s the blurb:

If you live in knits, the Heather Dress sewing pattern is for you!

Versatile and super comfy, the Heather Dress is sure to be a wardrobe staple. A gorgeously chic jersey dress, Heather can be smart as well as casual and will keep you looking put-together and fab wherever you are; at work, for dinner out or just at home.

The Heather Dress has cleverly concealed in-seam pockets (always a winner!) and a panelled bodice which makes fitting a dream. With opportunities for colour blocking you can really make Heather your own. Stay subtle in a solid fabric, go jazzy in a print, or go bold and mix the two to make a feature of the lines. There are three sleeve options to suit the seasons – choose from a short capped sleeve, 3/4 length or full length.

I made a concerted effort to get out of my blue comfort zone and opted for a green and black floral Ponte from the Textile Centre’s eBay store.

The pattern has a good range of sizes from an 8 (33-26-36) to a 20 (45-38-48)

I cut a size 16 (41-34-44) which was the closest to my own measurements.  The finished measurements for a size 16 are 41-40-46.5.

The dress came together quickly and easily, I used my overlocker throughout but it would be equally easy to use a standard machine.  I had a bit of a problem with the fabric stretching out on the side seam near the pocket and along the hem.  I overlocked the hem before turning up and finishing with a twin needle, I think it was the overlocking which stretched it out and caused the subsequent rippling.

Although the dress fitted well through the shoulders and bust it came up very large through the waist and hips.  I took a good inch off each side which slimmed it down a bit.  Next time I’ll grade down at least two sizes through the waist and hips.

Overall I’m pleased with the finished dress, it’s perfect for pottering about the house and garden and I love the big pockets.  I’ve already bought more fabric to make another one, it’s a heather Ponte so it will be a heather Heather dress!