Sunday, 21 February 2016

Roberts Collection Dungadress

So, I have had this pattern since it was released by Marilla Walker and it is the dungaree dress (or dungadress) which is part of the Roberts collection.  I meant to have it made sooner, but there you go.  The collection has 4 other options including a jumpsuit, dungarees, a longer length dress and a short sleeved woven tee and at £8.40 I think that is excellent value.

So, this is C1 which is the shorter length dress, I made size 5 - it is meant to be a biggish style and it is, I maybe could go down a size.  The instructions are great in general, maybe a couple more diagrams might be useful especially for a beginner, but I found them pretty good.

The details are the slim shoulder straps, front pockets and a side popper fastening on the left side, probably not completely necessary but a nice little feature all the same.

It has a nicely shaped all-in-one piece at the back, as you can see the skirt is quite oversized so bear that in mind when choosing a size to make.

I have avoided pop fasteners since my first experience a few years ago when I first started sewing which wasn't all together a success.  You can very easily ruin a garment with one false move!  I was nearly going to do buttonholes, but knew now was the time to TAKE THE POP FASTENER ON!

So I did what any person with common sense would do - I bought an extra packet and PRACTICED, after first spending about 2 hours googling and looking at youtube videos, I know it's pretty sad.  Anyway turns out they're not too bad after all, it's just really matching up which part goes with which and then deciding which way up they need to be on the garment and the pliers are definitely worth investing in.  I'm going to have fasteners on everything now, haha!

Hey presto, I used the 15mm Sport and Camping ones for the straps as I thought they would be stronger for the denim.

The ones on the side are navy from the 'Color' pack, they are slightly smaller at 13mm.

The fabric I used was a dark navy denim with a lighter spot on it which I got from Guthrie and Ghani a while ago, which doesn't seem to be there now, but when I was looking for denim for something else I saw it on Sherwood fabrics, here.  The lining for the bib is the lovely Atelier Brunette Halo viscose fabric and the two fabrics sewed together very nicely, always nice for a garment to look good on the inside too.  So it is a pretty casual type of dress, I think a linen one would be lovely in the summer, of course corduroy  would be great, possibly even a patterned one using any of the lovely liberty fabrics from Sewbox could be nice.  I like it and highly recommend the pattern and now am even considering making the dungaree version or is that a step to far?!   We'll see.


  1. Oh I love this and the denim you used! Yes it is oversized, but I have seen some lovely versions from people who have gone down a size (justsewjenna and nicoleneedles). Always lovely to read constructive feedback and thanks so much for trying this pattern. See you over on Instagram ;-)

  2. Thank you Marilla, it's just so easy to wear - yes I know it's meant to be oversized. I'm aiming for the dungarees next, I see they have wee pleats so their fit will be a bit neater