Saturday, 17 February 2018

Sew Over It Zoe Dress

With my sewing machine still in limbo (it's broken but I'm not sure whether to get it fixed or to buy a new one) I decided to attend the Zoe Dress workshop at the Sew Over It store in Clapham. I was very happy that the uber-talented tutor Julie was teaching the class (over the years she has helped me make the SOI Tulip skirt, 2014, 1960's Coat, 2015, Francine Jacket, 2015, and Cigarette Pants, 2016).

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In the spirit of Kate from Time to Sew I am warming up to #makeyourstash which doesn't officially start until March (read about it here). I raided my stash for a suitable fabric which ideally needs some stretch and I found the last metre of a cotton sateen in a colourful geometric print which I bought from Samuel Taylors in Leeds in 2013. If this looks familiar you may recognise it from my By Hand London Victoria Blazer I made last April.

It took some serious fabric Jenga to squeeze the pieces out of one metre of fabric. I had to omit the grown-on pockets and facings and cut them from some scraps of fabric from the Sew Over It fabric bin and some of my own stash.


During the construction I made good use of the overlocker (not having one of my own) so the insides are nice and neat. As for fitting, I graded from an 8 for the bodice and with the help of Julie graded out on the back seams only to 10 to accommodate my hips and bum. The Zoe dress is a semi-fitted shift dress which offers a lovely fit with princess seams as well as French darts and pockets that are hidden in the front panels.




The finished Zoe Dress

Pockets at the perfect height for stashing secret snacks!
What zip?




I made a slight mistake when sewing the neckline as I used a 1.5cm seam allowance instead of the intended 1cm. I like how it turned out though and didn't want to un-pick and re-sew. The hem was overlocked then stitched in place with a 3cm hem. This version is maybe a little short for workwear (certain constraints due to limited fabric) so I will add another 7/8cm to the length of the dress for my next version which will hit at the knee.


Overall I am super happy with the Zoe dress and I can see another one in the not-too-distant future.

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18 comments:

  1. Likey, like. What great fabric. I have a vintage pattern with these inseam pockets which has been on my radar for a while but none of my stash fitted it last year when I was on a no buy year - might have to break that embargo now! Thanks for popping over to me blog on food today. I remember, with inspiration, reading one of your posts with all of your yummy lunch boxes on it. Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo. Actually I need to add another link (your #Alldone) from your blog as I have completely used up all this fabric from my stash.

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  2. What a fantastic dress! You look great :)

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  3. Lovely dress! Always good to squeeze a make out of minimal fabric!

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    1. Thanks T. Yes I was really determined to squeeze this dress out of my fabric!

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  4. I love the fabric. I am not familiar with this pattern but it looks really versatile. It could be a wonderful plain dress or like you, beautiful with some brightly patterned fabric. Your internal finish is great too. Well done! #handmadeonday

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  5. I liked that fabric the first time I saw it here and I think it is great that you were able to squeeze a dress out of what you had left. It looks great and fits you so well Andi like the length!
    I hope there will be a functioning sewing machine in your future, good luck!

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  6. Hi Caroline, I like your version of the Zoe, especially the secret snack comment! I have forgotten many times that I put my work security pass in the pockets and the panicked for a few minutes where I had secretly stashed it. Anyway hurray for using your stash and well done for managing to squeeze all the pieces in!

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  7. A classic little dress that never dates, love it.

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  8. It's fabulous, and such a neat finish inside. That fabric is lovely so it's great you could squeeze a whole dress from it.

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  9. It really suits you, Lovely fabric and finish. It is good to squeeze the pattern on I think I really hate it when you have fabric left over. Well done x

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  10. Lovely dress! Great fabric and those look like some pretty substantial pockets which I highly approve of :) x

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