Appleby Makes’ Batwing dress

Sam Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 0 Comments

Hello again. I’m back, but this time with a slightly seasonally inappropriate make, but I love it anyway. In May I made the Batwing dress (you can find the pattern here), which being made from a sweater-knit fabric, I didn’t think I was going to get much wear from. I was wrong! The spring wasn’t up to much was it but it will be perfect for autumn, which is just around the corner!

The fabric I used was very kindly given to me by Doughty’s. The fabric that I actually chose for this make apparently wouldn’t have been suitable for this pattern, being too drapey. Sometimes it’s not easy trying to select the correct fabric when you’re shopping online! I trusted the ladies at Doughty’s to select a more suitable fabric on my behalf (the only specification I made was ‘nothing too wacky’) and they pulled a blinder! It was like they knew me!

You can get the fabric here and there are plenty of other colourways. This is the dark grey version and, although it isn’t too easy to tell, it features black and gold leaves. The print is more obvious in the other colourways.

This fabric has enough substance to make it ideal for use with this pattern but at the same time it’s not too heavy. I’ve worn the dress several times and I’ve had so many compliments on it!

The main pattern piece was interesting. There are no shoulder seams so the front and back is cut out as one.

This dress was so simple to make, and it took virtually no time to sew up at all. Once you’ve sewn up the arm/side seams you already have a dress. It’s then just a simple case of attaching the roll neck and the arm cuffs, hem the bottom and you’re done! Easily made in an evening. The only change I made to the pattern was to lop about 3 inches off the bottom to make it sit in a slightly more flattering position for me.

I was a bit on the warm side taking these photos!

Obligatory photo showing off those batwings!

And if my husband is going to be annoying and photobomb me, then he can feature in the blog post too! Ha!

This make was a complete success in my view. It’s just a little too warm to wear it now but I’ll certainly be wearing it loads during the autumn. The print is autumnal anyway!

That’s it for now – I shall be back soon with my newly made Shannon top!

Buy your Batwing jumper and dress pattern here and find the back of the pattern envelope below.

Also check out the full colour range of Creative solutions Jersey Veronica from Doughty’s. We love this rich red, perfect for an autumn make!

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