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Dolores Batwing dress by So Zo

so zo dolores batwing top
so zo dolores batwing top
so zo dolores batwing top

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!

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  • Kerry 17 November 2014, 1:08 pm

    I think you’ve done a great job with your first knit project, anything simple to make and easy to wear gets a big tick in my book. I wasn’t convinced by the batwing shape of this pattern initially as I thought it might be a bit costumey/dramatic for everyday wear but I think your version looks very wearable. That fabric wasn’t from me btw, although you are doing well with using your swap fabrics!
    Also Milo is absolutely adorable and looks so grown up with his big boys haircut 🙂
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    • Franca 17 November 2014, 9:06 pm

      Thank you! It is definitely very wearable. He does look grown up doesn’t he! My mum was very sad when we got his hair cut!

  • Helen 17 November 2014, 7:00 pm

    You look great! Re looking at this now, the fabric may have come from me, actually. I love how you’ve paired it with the orange tights. And the construction looks fine to me too. Knits take a bit of getting used to, but are fairly forgiving at the same time! Like Kerry, I was a bit unsure about this pattern, but I do like yours.

    • Franca 17 November 2014, 9:07 pm

      Oooh, better edit the post to reflect that then!

  • Zoe 19 November 2014, 5:59 pm

    Hi Franca, thanks so much for taking the time make and review the Dolores pattern. You look wonderful and I also love how you’ve paired it with the orange tights. The photo bombing in the last pic is adorable! I’m sorry that you found the neckline too wide. Can I suggest cutting the neckline and neck binding pieces of the size smaller for your next version? Really looking forward to seeing your top when you make it