I bought the Sew Over It City Break book back in the Black Friday sales. I’d bought several pieces of fabric in anticipation for making several of thei items from the book and then with 20% off, I snapped it up. I actually love this book, apart from the Lola coat, I’ll be making everything in the book very soon. I really like the concept, although I am not sure it’s quite the city creak capsule wardrobe it sets out to be, I really love the patterns in there.
The styling is so lovely and the instructions and fabric suggestions are just great. I also love that for most of the projects the length can be altered to get either a dress or a top, or a short or a long skirt. It really is great value for money to get 5 patterns from a brand I love so much for such little money. My first sew from the SOI City Break book was a Molly dress.
The Molly dress is a loose fit jersey dress (with the option to have it as a top instead). It’s a super easy jersey make with grown on sleeves and a narrow neckband. The fabric I choose to make this with is from Fabricland I think. It must have been super cheap because I’m not too sure why I chose it. The pale pink colour really doesn’t suit me, and I’ve got a dress that I made a few years ago in a similar colour (a woven) and I hate it. I think it screams maternity. I don’t like this colour on me at all, but I don’t hate it enough not to wear this dress.
As fans of the book will know, there are 5 PDF patterns in this book, making it a bargain. To make my life even easier I had the patterns printed up at a copy shop (I ordered online, they only charged me £1 a sheet, and they arrived in less than 24 hours!). So with no PDF sticking to do, this made it a super easy make.
I’ve sewn this dress on my regular sewing machine, and then just used pinking shears to neaten the edges. I really like how neat it looks, and my seams have been pressed super flat, which I think gives it a lovely professional feel.
The instructions are great, although the photos are a little small as I’ve printed the book on A4 sheets, but I do appreciate that you could enlarge it if you were looking at it on a screen. I made a straight size 14 and the fit is pretty spot on. The only adjustment I’ll make to any future Molly’s is to lengthen the dress. I think this is borderline too short for everyday wear, although I have worn it with thick tights to work, and didn’t spend too much time yanking it down.
As you’ll see in some of my photos I’ve teamed it with a black waist belt, and I think it breaks up the block colour a bit. I think I prefer the look of it with a belt, although having seen pictures of me wearing it with and without a belt, now I’m not so sure. The Molly will be a go to dress for any more knits that make their way into my stash I’m sure. I’ve already made another so I’ll be sharing that on the blog here soon. In fact, my sewing projects pile has a couple of other SOI City Break projects waiting to be started/finished so watch this space for more reviews soon.