Well, after several months of having so much to cope with, I’m hoping to resurrect the blog in the weeks to come! I am starting with my latest make, which is my favourite sewing project of 2017 so far. This is the Eve Dress by Sew Over It. I love the style of Sew Over It patterns. I made a couple of Molly Tops from the City Break Capsule Wardrobe last autumn, the Susie Blouse last winter, and have several other patterns lined up. This year they have been publishing at least a pattern a month, and it’s always a thrill to see what they come up with.
The Eve Dress was definitely love at first sight, so I had to make it as soon as I could find some time in my insanely busy schedule! I was especially taken with the stunning versions sewn by Carme of Atelier Carmesí.
Pattern: The Eve Dress is a wrap dress with a gathered yoke that creates the bust shaping; it has variations for elbow-length or flutter sleeves, and for a straight knee length or a dipped hem. I went all the way and chose the more dramatic options – flutter sleeves and dipped hem. It is designed for woven fabric with drape.
Design Elements I like: There is so much I like about this design. I am constantly drawn to wrap dresses, as I find them so elegant; I really like the two sleeve variations here. My favourite detail, though, turns out to be the gathered yoke. It is so deliciously vintage and feminine, and a truly lovely way to take care of bust shaping.
Fabric: A wonderful viscose from See You At Six – this is their ‘Herbs’ print in light blue. I have developed somewhat of an addiction to See You At Six fabrics lately. They are a small company in Belgium, the fabric has a lovely handle, a divine feel on the skin – so breathable, silky and lightweight! – yet it is not as challenging to sew as other viscoses. Despite this one being delightfully drapy and a light colour, it is not see-through at all.
Alterations: I initially cut a size 10 for the front and 8 for the back, according to my measurements and to my memory of how my Molly Tops fit (I made a couple of Molly Tops in the autumn, which have become wardrobe staples). The dress turned out way too large and basically fit like a robe. The truth is, I have lost quite a bit of weight since last autumn (because I had a baby last July!) and kind of failed to acknowledge/realize this when I decided what size to cut for this dress. Fortunately, I tend to baste my seams when I first make up a pattern so that unpicking is a breethe – this is a trick I saw my grandmother do when I was a child – so unpicking and refitting the dress wasn’t as much as a hassle as it could have. The final size is thus an 8 for the front and 6 for the back (obviously graded so the two can work together). Sew Over It patterns start at a size 8, so I just graded down from this to get a 6, but that wasn’t a huge deal – although it would be fabulous to have the Sew Over It patterns start at the size 6, since I love so many of their patterns and plan on making up a bunch more!
I also lobbed off 10-15 centimetres from the skirt length, as is usual for me since I am 154 cms/5′ ‘high’. This means I was able to fit the dress onto a 2.5-metre cut of fabric, which may be useful for others who plan on making this dress – the fabric requirement is 3.2 metres and knowing you can use less is a bonus when you want to use a pricier fabric! I believe I might squeeze the knee-length pattern onto 2 metres of fabric, but bear in mind that would be with cutting a size 6/8 and significantly shortening the skirt…
I think I will try the shorter length next time, and rise the waistline slightly to suit my petite frame better.
To conclude: Oh, I wouldn’t mind having a collection of Eve dresses in various prints! This may well be my favourite pattern for 2017. The instructions were superb, with very helpful line drawings and a lot of attention to the order of construction for a perfectly finished garment. I have several fabrics lined up for this pattern, and it will be a breeze now I know what alterations to make.