Triple Davina - Itch To Stitch

Well I think it's safe to say I've found my favourite jersey summer dress sewing pattern this year.

After a failed attempt at the Seamwork Bobby Dress (shoulders too wide and an unflattering elastic on me) I found fairly innocuous pattern in the form of the Davina dress by Itch to Stitch. I'll be honest I did think it was a bit dull at first however I then inspected the lines a little closer and saw the marvelous tester versions and was won over.

It did not disappoint and is far from dull. So much so that I made it three times straight after each other!

Size: The size was perfect and the chart very true to my body measurements. I was a 12 on top grading to 14 at the waist and it turned out ideal size-wise.

Features: A brilliant feature of this dress is how little fabric it takes considering how flared the skirt is! These jerseys were in my stash, all 2m and easily fit the pattern pieces on. Both the front and back bodice pieces do not need to be on the fold so that saves a lot of fabric in itself as you can squeeze them into the gaps around the skirt.

I particularly enjoyed how the dress fit to the curves of my body at the shoulder and at my lower back. The bodice is shaped at the center front and back seams and flows really well onto the contour waist piece and skirt. It feel very flattering to wear.

Another lovely feature is the neckline which is a soft curved v-neck with a small gather at the bust which helps pull the neckline down and prevents gaping. Clever.

Adjustments: The pattern has you line the bodice however it's way too warm for that so I chose to just bind the neck and arms with jersey binding. Worked a treat. On my black tropical version I applied the binding to the edges before joining the front, back and side seams and that gave the cleanest finish.

Fabric: The yellow version is made from the ol' faithful Jelly Fabrics, organic stripe jersey which I have bought by the mile not meter in the past. It's just so soft....

I then went for a tropical fruit print jersey from Lamazi -it is by Danish Designs called 'Sweet Lemons' and has a really luxurious quality about it.

Then last but not least, I went full tropics with this Monochrome Monstera jersey from Flamingo Fabrics. I feel it needs some mad banana earrings or something to go with it.

I think I'm pretty much done with summer dresses now I have this trio to pick from!

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  1. Those are quite nice! The fabric makes them all look so different. Thank you for posting.

  2. All the versions look so lovely! It's a great pattern.