I really like Sewaholic because:
1. They have paper patterns.
2. They ship fast.
3. and the most important, the patterns fit me beautifully.
The Davie dress is a knit dress with princess seams top to bottom. The eyelet opening above the bust adds more flare and fun to the tshirt dress. Cap sleeves keep the dress cool, but also work appropriate. There is also a sleeveless option.
There is no closure with this pattern; it easily slips on and off over the head.
The pattern includes a knee length or just above the knee. Of course, length of the dress is most easily changed.
Blending of sizes for Davie is quite simple. The bust and waist of mine are size 8 and hips are 0. After sewing several Sewaholic patterns, this is the size blending I do every time with perfect results.
I carefully examine the body measurement chart and the finished measurement chart on the back of the pattern. Then trace the pattern pieces to tracing paper and blend between sizes accordingly.
For the Davie dress, you need between 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 yards of 60″ wide knit fabric depending on your size and length of dress. I got by with 2 yards ONLY because my fabric is not directional. It was a game of Tetris to get it cut, but it happened!
I used this Ponte de Roma fabric from Girl Charlee. It is a lovely medium weight knit that provides a nice stability.
Davie sewed up pretty fast. Maybe 3 hours, but probably less. I top stitched every seam down (optional, but a nice touch).
I would say this is an advanced beginner/intermediate pattern. Only because paper pattern instructions, while completely clear, are much more sparse than PDF instructions. Basically, there is no hand holding. I love that. I don’t want to read novels to sew a pattern together.
I will definitely make Davie again. The hubby likes it and his honest response of “oh yea, that fits you nicely” is almost non existent. I received the nod of approval with Davie.
Watch out in November-ish to see if Sewaholic will have another BOGO sale. I already have the Cambie dress, which the pattern is pulled out, traced, and fabric picked so it will happen soon. I also have Renfrew top which might be the best t-shirt pattern available from anywhere and very easily modified. But I am interested Dunbar and Robson Coat.