In my last post I mentioned that I had been on a bit of a fabric and pattern buying binge and this dress is made from one of the fabrics I purchased. This dress is also the main reason I bought Sew Over It’s My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break ebook. As soon as I saw this in it, I decided I had to make it. I don’t know why it took me so long to get round to it! This project is also one of my Make Nine for 2017 so I’m super pleased to have completed it.
My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break is exactly what it says! The ebook contains 5 patterns that are designed with a city break in mind. They are all casual, comfortable every day items. Skills wise, there’s something for everyone with Molly being a beginners pattern up to the Mia jeans and Lola coat, which are more complicated. I love how Lisa has included fabric ideas and the photography is beautiful. It’s inspired me to make replicas of everything!
After making Orla, which is a more intermediate pattern, in a slippery fabric, it was nice to make something quick and simple. It’s so satisfying to sew up an item in hours with no (or few mistakes). This is definitely something to make if you have lost your sew-jo or just want a quick and easy make.
I love anything Breton style which is why I was so keen to make the Molly dress. I knew it had to be in a stripy ponte roma. Nothing else will do! This is something that I will wear all the time, even to work! As it’s designed to be made from jersey, it has no darts. There are also no fastenings to contend with. I’ve done a pattern review below for full details.
Name: Molly Dress
Company: Sew Over It (from My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break)
Description: A perfect casual jersey dress – a wardrobe staple.
Printed or PDF: The ebook is a PDF, however, I have all the patterns printed using the copy shop files, through Net Printers. Saves hours of cutting and sticking!
Sizing: The pattern is size 8 – 20. I cut a size 14 top then graded to a 12 at the hips.
Alterations: I graded my size at the hips, but it was still too big. I ended up using at least a 2cm seam allowance on the side seams and I think it could be a bit more snug! I also took the hem up by about 2cm rather than 1cm as I liked it a little bit shorter!
Fabric: A gorgeous navy and white striped ponte roma from Minerva £9.99 p/m. I bought 2m. I did have a play a bit of pattern tetris.
Difficulty rating: This is definitely a beginner pattern. There are no fastenings or darts and the pattern uses kimono sleeves. The only slightly complicated bit is the neckband. The pattern does say that depending on the stretch of the fabric, you may need to lengthen or shorten your neckband. I’ve read a couple of blogs where this has been the case. Luckily, mine was fine in the standard size and went in first time perfectly fine. I would say this is a good pattern if you’ve never sewn with knits before. I used a regular sewing machine with a ballpoint needle and zig zag stitch where needed.
Difficulties encountered: The only difficulty for me, is the fit. I cut it to my measurements on the pattern but it’s too big. If I make it again, I will definitely cut at least a size smaller (12 top graded to 10 hips). The actual construction was ridiculously easy!
Time taken: Between 1-2 hours I reckon. If it fits perfectly first time then I reckon it would take around an hour.
Recommend: Yes yes yes! A super quick and easy pattern for beginners or if you want an easy make.
What would I change (if anything): The only thing I would change is make it fit me perfectly. It’s perfectly wearable but is a little too big. (I think I may need to do sway back adjustments because I always seem have lots of excess fabric at the bottom of my back). I would also try and pattern match next time!
My favourite thing: The contrast sleeves.