I love a good linen dress for summer!–the airy weight, the breathability on my sunkissed skin.
But when fall came around, I still craved that effortless style, and I had just the fabric to pull off a layering dress that I could wear year-round!
Pattern Niche’s Dover Dolman is a top and dress pattern, with several options, including different sleeves and round/v-neck necklines. It’s a simple enough design, yet professionally crafted so you feel fully satisfied upon completion! The neckline’s facing is beautiful, there’s a curved hemline that adds dimension, and an optional tie that presents whichever silhouette you prefer that day (loose/fitted). There are loops for the tie, but I didn’t print the pattern piece out, so I just skipped it. And, of course, pockets.
I held onto this gorgeous woven cotton fabric from Boho Fabrics since the moment it was released. I was drawn to the texture (visible yarn pieces throughout) and striking colors, which remind me that they’d be called “sienna sunset” or sunrise. I like earthly tones any time of year, and paired with this style of dress, I can see me wearing this throughout every.single.season. After my photoshoot, it was a bit chilly in Michigan, so I threw on my favorite cardigan and had the perfect layered fall outfit.
This pattern (and fabric) definitely earn my approval! The pattern sewed up flawlessly, and the fabric is truly a dream. If you’re a motivated beginner or higher, I’d say this is one to have in your sewing stash! (But don’t keep it in your stash for long…you’ll want to get sewing right away!).