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Pattern Review: SOI Heather Dress

So uh… this dress was supposed to be my Christmas Dress but I didn’t even finish it until last week. Whoops! I had the best of intentions for finishing off 2018 with a strong sewing push but the weather and my immune system had other plans. I still wanted to finish of this Sew Over It Heather dress though and share a quick review of the pattern!

This is my second SOI it make, the first being my Cowl Neck top from earlier in December, and I was just as pleased with this pattern as I was with that one. The instructions were clear and well written and the pattern appeared to be well drafted, although I have only ever made this one size so I cant say that with 100% certainly. Sew Over It seems to have a nice range of simple, no frill, wardrobe building patterns that are easy to use but don’t come with the hundreds of options that other companies patterns seem to use.

This pattern had just the one hemline and neckline, and only had instructions for making the dress with pockets (although I hacked it to not have the pickets, I need no extra bulk on my mid section thank you!). The lack of options can be both a bonus because it allows you to focus in on the intended style of the dress and a negative because it means you don’t get as much “bang for your buck”. Personally I feel like with Sew Over It you are trading the many options for quality instructions and drafting. It is also important to note that SOI it has a pretty small size range which is unfortunate.

Since this was my first time ever using this pattern there are a couple of changes I will make for my next variation. First and foremost a full bust adjustment! Luckily with the princess seam design of this pattern a FBA will be quick and easy to do but it is definitely something I need. I also will do a slight broad back adjustment, something I have never had to do before but that looking at the pictures I think I need here and finally I will take my own neckband measurements as the instructions that were provided left me with a too big and droopy neck band, another quick fix however.

Over all I would say if you have been looking at this pattern and not sure if you should get I would say go for it! But make sure you fit in the size range first, I was nearly sized out of this pattern and didn’t realize it until I had already purchased it!

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