Crystal's Eve Dress

Crystal's Eve Dress

You know when you find the perfect fabric for the perfect pattern? 
Well, I think I've done just that. The moment I saw this beautiful viscose crepe from Fabric Godmother's own collection, I instantly thought of the Sew Over It Eve dress! It reminds me very much of a sample Lisa Comfort wears in the Eve photos on her website except hers is a pink floral on a white background. 
The Eve dress is a woven wrap dress with gathered front yokes that can be made with a high/low hem or a straight hem and then flutter sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves. 
I have made this pattern twice before, my first was a standard version in a florenza crepe from Lady McElroy and my second was a floor length ball gown version in a beaded and embroidered dusky pink fabric from The Textile Centre.  Very different looks. That's the beauty of sewing - one pattern can produce totally different garments based on the fabric choice alone! 
Like before, I made the straight size 12 and opted for the high low hem and the flutter sleeves. I also made a few pattern tweaks. Firstly, I omitted the seam allowance in the back bodice piece and cut that on the fold rather than as a pair. I'm not sure why you would need a centre back seam in this pattern? Secondly, I used my 3 thread overlock stitch on my overlocker for the hems on both the sleeves and the skirt. This is a lovely way to finish off drapey fabric hems. 
The fabric is beautiful but was a bit slippery to cut out. It pressed very well however and was easy to sew.
The pattern instructions are clear and concise. It's a relatively easy sew. The only thing that might be a bit tricky is adding the stay tape to the whole neckline without it stretching out. Mine stretched out! I used 5mm stay tape but in hindsight should have used a 10mm width to provide a nicer neckline finish. There is a chart that tells you how much stay tape to cut out. I had to add 3 inches to mine! I didn't cut out the stay tape before I pinned it though as I remember doing that with my previous versions and the stay tape was too short (neckline had stretched). In order to rectify the stretched neckline, I simply took some fabric out of the bottom of the bodice where it meets the waist ties and no one would know any better. 
Would I make it again? Yes! It's a beautiful floaty dress that would be perfect for any occasion. It's swishy and swirly and very feminine. Everything that I love in a dress. 
Next time round, I will try harder to not stretch out the neckline (4th time lucky?!). I will also make the waist tie hole in the bodice a little smaller as although it's the perfect size for it, when the ties are used, they tend to roll/fold over making them almost half the size of the hole making the hole appear like a fault in the dress.
I thoroughly enjoyed this make and definitely recommend it!

Jenny Says:

"It's clear to see how happy Crystal is with her dress and she looks absolutely fabulous in it! Viscose is ideal for a pattern of this style as it drapes so well, well done Crystal."

Inspired to make your own version? Here's what you'll need:
Pattern : The Sew Over It Eve Dress is available directly from Sew Over It here and can be printed using my A0 printing service. Fabric : Crystal used the Fabric Godmother Pinkie Viscose Crepe. At the time of writing this fabric has sadly sold out, however you can find a variety of alternative viscose fabrics in my online store which would make a beautiful Eve dress.



Crystal was provided with the materials for her project free of charge and received a gift voucher in recognition of the time spent on her project.
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