18 Jun MEMADE: Sapphire Floral Sew Over It Eve Dress
I made this Sew Over It Eve Dress for a Christening I was attending in early June, an excuse to make an occasional dress. Eve dress certainly didn’t disappoint – floaty, feminine, romantic with statement fluted sleeve and a dramatic dip hem. This dress is also my entry to #sewtogetherforsummer which Sarah @sewsarahsmith, Monika @rocco.sienna and Suzy @sewing_in_spain have started over on Instagram.
Fabric & Haberdashery
I wanted something blue and floral mainly because my partner usually wears blue. I bought this beautiful dedicated bleached floral print cotton sateen from Textile Centre. It’s has a bit of stretch also a bit structured but it has a great drape. I opted out for lining, I’ll wear a slip instead.
Pattern & Fit
I actually bought this Sew Over It Eve Dress pattern a year ago when it was first released but I never made it mainly because I’m a bit shy when it comes to wrap dresses. None of the “ready-to-wear” (RTW) wrap dress ever can wrap around my bust properly, if I get a size or two bigger, everything else just fits too baggy. So I usually I avoid them like a plague. I worked up the courage to give this pattern a try as there has been so many beautifully made Eve dresses on Instagram and all my other Sew Over It patterns fit me very well.
This pattern comes with two variations: Version 1 has fluted statement sleeve and a dramatic dip hem. Version 2 has a contemporary silhouette with elbow length sleeve and knee-length hem. Both versions have a gathered yoke which eliminates darts giving you the extra fabric to cover the bust should you need it.
I read up on lots of blogs on FBA (Full Bust Adjustment) on wrap dresses but I ended up grading the bust area next size then back down towards the waist. I actually didn’t need to do this because of the gathered yoke. So next time, no adjustment needed. The size 12 fits perfect, the fluted statement sleeves and the dress in general is very flattering. The hem was a little long for me but seeing this as an occasional dress, I’ll be wearing heels anyway so it didn’t matter.
Construction and Alterations
The only alteration I did was to grade the bust area up a size (but kept the waist the same), as explained above, no adjustment needed next time.
This was a great pattern to sew, overall quite an easy speedy make. Looks elegant but not at all complicated, not too many pieces either which is great. The only fiddly bit is turning out the waist tie.
Lessons & Techniques Learned
As the pattern stated, the stay tape is very important! I used ribbon binding (not bias binding) from William Gee (it was 3 packs for 99p).
I love this Eve dress and I hope to make a few more, definitely Version 2 for the autumn.
What’s your favourite wrap dress pattern? Have you entered #sewtogetherforsummer ? If so, which pattern did you use?