Caroline's Davenport Dress

Caroline's Davenport Dress

The first thing I do when deciding whether to try out a pattern is search the hashtag on Instagram and look for inspiration from real sewists who have a similar body shape to my own. Safe to say, I’d been stalking the Friday Pattern Co. Davenport Dress for a while, and it just kept growing on me after seeing many gorgeous versions pop up! I was able to have a look at what types of fabric worked with the pattern and what might work best for me.

I was a little daunted by the 15 different pattern pieces and length of the instructions but it actually came together pretty quickly - less than a week from tracing (yes, I’m team trace) to having it hemmed and ready to wear. That’s pretty good going on top of a full time job and not sewing every day. 

I had a lot of fun making this dress because it’s got lots of lovely features, most of which I hadn’t tried making before so it was good to learn new skills. The pattern features elastic gathers at the front neckline, a drawstring waist, very cute shoulder ruffles, pockets, elastic hemmed sleeves and a ruffle hem. 

I cut a size L based on the finished garment measurements, and I made a couple of alterations before I cut into the fabric. I shortened the sleeves so they were elbow length rather than full, and I also shortened the skirt by 15cm overall. The finished measurements were very helpful in giving both sleeve length and skirt length so I was able to make this change before cutting into the fabric. On most patterns I need to do a Full Bust Adjustment or a Narrow Shoulder Adjustment but the combination of elastic neckline, drawstring waist and relaxed bodice fit meant that I didn’t need to mess about with any of the bodice pieces. Brilliant!

(Using the Burrito method to construct the back yoke)

When I started sewing I found that the instructions were very detailed and in-depth, making them easy to follow for all the techniques that were new to me. The construction of the bodice yokes is so clever and I was pleased with the way that all the seams got hidden away and contained. Using the “burrito” method to attach the back yoke was a moment where I thought it was going to go horribly wrong but it worked like magic! Next time I make this pattern would consider using French seams on the skirt and sleeves to keep a neat finish inside. The viscose was not too slippery and behaved pretty well. I did find the 6mm hems on the shoulder ruffles a bit fiddly but I absolutely love the result so would say it is worth the hassle! 

Normally I’m excited to get finished and start wearing a garment but I really found the process of sewing this pattern an absolute treat, with lots of lovely details and clever techniques. The Lady in Red viscose fabric is beautiful and vibrant, and feels nice to wear. I’m very pleased with the end result and think this dress will be great to wear all year round. 

Jenny Says...
I am in love with Caroline's finished Davenport dress and loved reading about her construction process, especially all the lovely design details this pattern contains. I'm really inspired to make one of my own and I hope you are too!

Inspired to make your own version? Here's what you'll need:


Pattern : Davenport Dress by Friday Pattern Company
Fabric : Lady in Red Viscose, or if you'd prefer another style, shop all viscose fabrics here.

Caroline was provided with the pattern and materials for her project free of charge and received a gift voucher in recognition of the time spent on her project.
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1 comment

Love that, looks fantastic!

Lorraine O'Neill

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