This dress checks so many boxes: Easy to make? Check! Flattering? Check! Comfortable? Check! Versatile? Check! This is the Davie Dress by Sewaholic.
It was one of the last patterns that Sewaholic released before the company was sold. I didn’t buy this pattern when it first came out in 2015. I thought that it had a lot of potential, but just wasn’t motivated based on the examples I was seeing in the blogosphere. Recently, though, I discovered a new-to-me local fabric and yarn store, DownTown Knits in Apex, NC, and they had the pattern. I thought that was a sign that I should have it after all.
I am so glad that I bought it! I made view A in a straight size 2 (love that I can do this with Sewaholic patterns!) and made just a few tweaks. I read a couple of reviews online that mentioned the armscye being too low, so I preemptively raised the armscye by about 1 inch, figuring that I could always cut off the extra fabric if needed. The raised armscye worked out great. I also ended up cutting the back panel on the fold, and closing up the keyhole neckline. With the busy print at the center front, the keyhole wasn’t really adding anything. Next time I would just cut the front on the fold as well. I also shortened the dress considerably. View A started off below the knee on me (I’m 5.5″ tall), and I wanted it to be right at the knee, so I shortened the dress by a few inches. It is now just a smidge longer than views B and C. Looking at these pictures, though, it may have shrunk a little in the wash.
The pattern calls for top stitching all of the seams open. I really like this finish, but thought that black lines of stitching would compete with the black and white pattern. In the end, I top stitched only where the solid panels are together, at the side seams.
Speaking of fabric, this is made out of two different pique knits from Fabric.com. I’ve never used this type of fabric before, but really like it. The pique texture is like a thicker, squishier version of a classic polo fabric. I wanted a dress that could be worn professionally, so I opted for black and a neutral print.
I wore this dress for the first time to present at a conference. I was very comfortable the whole day, and felt polished at the same time. It’s a winner!