Ages and ages ago I entered a pattern reviewer giveaway on So Zo… to celebrate the release of the Dolores Batwing Top/Dress. And I was one of the winners, woop! Of course, it’s taken me a million years to actually sew it, I would have felt bad if it wasn’t for the fact that I said in my entry comment that I wouldn’t be able to do it quickly, and to please disregard my entry if that was required.
I should say I’d never sewn with knits before, and this is a great pattern for a first project! It’s just six pattern pieces, front and back and the neck and cuff pieces. Also not many pieces to print out and piece together so this is defo less painless than a lot of pdf patterns.
The pattern comes in three lengths and two sleeve options, so six versions overall. I’d initially planned to make the long sleeved top version, but after getting out the fabric (which I got at a swap, it came from Helen), I realised there was enough for a dress. According to the pattern you need the same length of fabric regardless of which sleeves you do, though unfortunately that turned out not to be true so I had to decide between sleeves and dress length and after some dithering went for length. I have some liberty jersey I bought at the last sewing blogger meet in Glasgow which is destined for the long sleeve top.
Though I think I want a bit more practice with knits before I cut into the liberty. While it wasn’t quite as difficult as I thought it might be, this is not my finest work. The cut edges are super wonky as is pretty much all of the stitching. Thankfully you can’t really tell (at least from far away), but the innards of the dress really do look awful. Oh well, practice will hopefully make perfect! I’d also take the neckline in about 5cms next time, not sure if it was me doing something wrong or if I just have freakishly narrow shoulders, but it keeps falling off my shoulder.
I do really like the pattern though, as I said it’s easy peasy and takes no time at all. The instructions are really detailed and come illustrated with photos. Definitely a good beginner one!