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Pattern Review: The Molly Dress

May ended up being quite a productive month for me craft-wise, and I’m pleased to say I’ve been able to tick off some of my #2018makenine list!

On my list was the Molly dress from Sew Over It, which I got with the Comic Relief Crafternoon magazine last year.  It’s also available as a PDF book from Sew Over It’s website.



  • Pattern name: Molly
  • Variation/Style: Dress version without the sleeve pieces
  • Design House: Sew Over It
  • Size I made: 12


A knit fabric I got when I went to Hong Kong – it is quite thick and would probably make a nice jumper or cardigan!


For a knit fabric pattern, I found it pretty straightforward.  Even the neckband went in alright although it will depend on the fabric you use as you may need to adjust as the pattern highlights.


I found the instructions for this make nice and simple.  The only part where I almost slipped up was on the neckband, where I almost stitched it on with a 1.5cm seam allowance when it asks for a 1cm allowance, but that is my own oversight as it does tell you!


I made a straight size 12.  I didn’t include the sleeves because it’s quite muggy where I live and I get more use out of short sleeved makes.


I found this make really comfortable to wear.  I think it probably may depend on your fabric choice, but with my fabric, it’s very casual and does not cling which is great.  As I didn’t add the sleeve pieces, I can’t comment on the design of these although I like the idea of the stripes going the other way.

Time Taken

I completed this dress in just over a day as I let it hang overnight before hemming (and I’m glad I did because it did drop).


I am happy with this make but a bit frustrated because I added stabilising tape to the shoulder seam and it’s made it ruched up a bit here.  I probably should have just left it on the actual shoulder section or just omitted it completely.  The pattern doesn’t tell you to add stabilising tape – I just added it as I thought it might be needed to make it last longer.  Apart from that, it’s great and I’d like to make another.

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