It was mostly just the best of times creating these two lovely versions of the Sew Over it Nancy Dress.
First off – what a fantastic pattern! I have gotten so many compliments on both dresses, and I have found it to be very flattering on a lot of people – not to mention fun! It’s perfect for the winter with its higher neckline, longer sleeves, and short hem so that it can be paired with tights and cute ankle boots. Here are my overall tips:
since I think the Sew Over It Nancy Dress was released as part of their PDF club in the spring, and I bought it right away! Normally, I prefer a more fitted silhouette, but I thought it would be perfect for winter events with tights! I found the perfect fabric, and it's been sitting, waiting patiently, in my fabric stash since March.
For my first Nancy, I made it specifically to wear to this month’s Ceili dance, hosted by Comhaltas Ottawa! I figured the swinging, swishy skirt would be perfect for the house-around!
I chose a polyester viscose for this dress and it did not disappoint. This fabric was a dream to work with, and the other great thing is that it does not wrinkle. At only $7 a metre, it was also quite affordable (from Fabricland).
I brought the dress with me, fresh off the sewing Machine, to my sister-in-law’s house as my husband and I were babysitting for them while they attended a wedding. I had to leave her house and head straight to the ceili dance when they got home. She was lamenting that she had nothing to wear, and since we are about the same size, I offered up my dress for the occasion. It was a perfect fit, and she received a lot of compliments on it at the wedding.
After I got it back, I decided to wear it on our monthly “date night” that my husband and I have. We are both somewhat “foodies” and enjoy trying the restaurants in the area. To make it more fun, date night has a few rules:
This month’s choice was Chris’ and he chose Stofa! I wore my new Nancy as we enjoyed a Seafood Tower, duck ravioli, and passion fruit souffle!
We don’t take a lot of pictures when we’re out and about, but the lady sitting next to us at Stofa insisted she take our picture, because we reminded her of her daughter.
Overall, a lovely and enjoyable evening – and the Nancy is date night approved as it hides an expanding food belly.
Tune in for part two for more details on how I created a LINED version of the Sew Over It Nancy for my wonderful mother-in-law Caroline on her 60th birthday!
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.