|Woven Doris in Vintage rayon,bias neckband, short sleeves no cuffs.|
I've made a few Weekend Doris dresses from woven fabrics recently, I love to see the different effects different fabrics have. There are however a few adjustments that have to be made to the pattern before making a woven Doris. The pattern is designed for stretch fabrics, so firstly I size up one size. I cut my neckband on the bias and cut it at the largest size, any excess can be trimmed when I attach it. For most people the dress will fit over the head without any adjustments here, but if you are not sure, the back can be cut in two pieces, with seam allowance added and an invisible zip inserted. That was what I did with my first woven Doris, but found I was popping her on over my head anyway.
|Lightweight satin Doris, with rolled hems at neckedge, sleeves and dress hem.|
The sleeves need a little extra adjustment:
1: Draw a straight line down the centre of the sleeve piece.
2: Cut along that line, leaving a hinge of paper at the top of the sleeve.
3: Open up the sleeve piece and work out how much extra room you will need in the sleeve. I find an extra 5-6 cms at the cuff edge is plenty, but measure your upper arm and add in what you need. Remember, using a woven fabric means you need more ease than with a stretch fabric. (Note if you have very large upper arms, you might be best to make the sleeve a two part sleeve, with a seam down the centre, add in the extra you need for your bicep, add a seam allowance, and any excess at the sleeve head can be taken care of with one large dart....I haven't tried this I should say, but it works in my head.)
4: Place tissue paper/pattern paper under your adjusted pattern piece and trace.
5: If necessary using your ruler or set square neaten up the cuff edge.
6: Transfer all pattern markings, and label your new sleeve piece.
7: Measure cuff edge and adjust cuff pattern piece as needed. (they should measure the same.)
Today, despite feeling really rather poorly I helped India make herself a woven Doris. I let her loose on my new sewing machine and with some of my best vintage fabric.