For Christmas I was lucky enough to be given a sewing course at Sew Over It by my family. It took some careful deliberation to choose the course I wanted to do but I settled on the two day Zoe dress course. This is an advanced beginner course and I feel like, even though I was the newest to sewing on the course, it was just the right level of challenging for me. Layla, who taught the course, was very good at supporting all of the students to the level they needed and not letting anyone fall behind.
The Zoe dress is a semi-fitted shift dress with princess seams and French darts. I chose the longer sleeve length in the hope of being able to wear it without a cardigan when spring finally arrives. Wishful thinking when London is currently a white-out…
Before we cut the pattern Layla measured us and we tried on the toile closest to our size. It turns out I’ve been measuring myself a dress size bigger than I actually am which explains why my clothes always end up so big! I was closest to a size 10 with a sway back adjustment and a smaller seam allowance of 1cm on the front panel around the hips. For this size I used about 1.7 metres of fabric.
The main adjustment we made to the instructions was inserting our invisible zip first. This was so there was less fabric to deal with than if we’d inserted it later in the process. I found this order a lot easier to manage than previous patterns which sew the zip last and will definitely be doing it this way again.
Overall I loved this pattern and will definitely make it again. The best thing is, it is now available to buy as a pattern instead of being exclusive to a course! I highly recommend going on a course if you are a beginner sewist, it really does bring your confidence up a notch.
If you’d like to know more about the course then head over to my instagram @thestitchedit where I’ve added all the photos and videos I took to my highlights.