If you’re in need of a fun and kicky dress for New Year’s Eve there are easy dress patterns that you still have time to make. Check out the editor’s picks for their favorite LBD. Some are black, others are a bit more colorful, but all are appropriate for a festive night out on the town. For more ideas be sure to check out the Dec/Jan 2018 issue of Sew News magazine.
Ellen March, Community Content Director
Pattern: Sewaholic Davie Dress
Fabric: Diamond Ponte by Telio, Stretch Faux Leather
The Backstory: I wanted a dress that could be worn to a formal event as well as a more casual gathering, depending on styling. I chose a textured knit for interest and a faux leather for a touch of edge. The Davie seemed like a perfect fit because the fullness of the paneled skirt allowed for movement but the skinny waist made it figure-friendly. I also liked having sleeve options, as I wasn’t sure if I wanted a tank dress or cap sleeves.
Any Adjustments: I didn’t realize that Sewaholic patterns are made specifically for pear-shaped figures. I should have done my homework, because pear-shaped I am not! Using the pattern envelope measurement guide, I was a size 8 in the hips, a size 12 in the waist and a size 14 in the bust. I cut a 14 and did my best to grade the pattern between sizes. I pin-fit the pattern instead of making a muslin, because I’m an instant-gratification sewist.
Mini review: The dress didn’t fit well at my hips, but I credit this to not making a muslin and trimming down the panels. Had I done that step, I would have been happier with the result. My choice of stretch leather was also a challenge, but that was expected. Each seam was topstitched, which made for a great look, but also doubled my sewing time. To avoid the presser foot sticking to the faux leather, I used a Teflon foot (a walking foot made matters worse); a microtex needle helped prevent skipped stitches; and applying strips of stabilizer over each seam proved invaluable.