Soft and glamorous velvet Eve Dress by Sew Over It – Dressmaker ball 2019

I am not being funny here, but why on Earth had I chose to make my dress for Dressmaker Ball from unknown materials???? Challenge you say?…or stupidity? The dress I had in mind had a lace bodice and a chiffon pleated and gathered skirt. At the end I had to ditch this project because I would have never finish it on time….another lesson learnt! DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MOMENT!!!

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So just few days before the Dressmaker Ball I grabbed one of my trusted patterns- Eve dress, by Sew Over It. I previously made a knee lenght dress from double georgette material for summer time, which was perfect untill I burned it with an iron, so now I will re-fashion it into a top. I had tried it before and it works very well.

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Velvet dress

I like to try different fabrics to see how the same pattern will behave so for my Dressmaker Ball I decided to go with soft and lush velvet fabric that I purchase last minute from my local shop. The pattern recommend a lightweight woven fabrics with some drape, but my velvet was stretchy so I knew I would have to stabilise it somehow. I opted for a ankle lenght version with floaty sleeves and a long tie.

Fabric requirement for my size is 3.7 meters of 140cm wide, but I panicked and got 4 meters instead. After washing and drying the material I had realised that it is wider then your standard width and I managed to lay all the pieces using only 2.5 meters…..this makes me very happy as I can make another project out of it. In hindsight the cost of this dress is only £20 (£7.50 a meter of velvet plus thread and stay tape)! Bargain I would say!

Pattern adjustments

Since I used this pattern previously I did not make any adjustments this time round, but for the sake of clarity I will tell you anyway.

I made size 18 (even tho my measurements are closer to size 20), because this is a wrap dress I thought it would be ok and finished garment measurements indicated that size 18 would be better since I didn’t want any ease.

Per usual I had raised the waistline by 3 cm and did a slight sway back adjustment. Also, I reduced the lenght of the bodice above bust by 1.5 cm and added 4 cm to the hem.

Cutting and sewing

It took me about 50 minutes to cut out all the pieces and 6 hours to sew and press my dress. Normally it takes me a little less time but I had to stabilise the waistline and tie with a stay tape to stop it from stretching and decided to handstitch the neckline using bias tape.

Sewing velvet is easy and the final outfit is like a dream to wear.

Final thoughts

Eve dress by Sew Over It is yet another pattern worth having in your stash. Depending on fabric used it can be transformed from casual every day dress to a romantic and dramatic evening dress. I absolutely love it and thinking of making a summer version next out of some drapey fabric with colourful flowers.

The wrap style of this dress is perfectly drafted to ensure security and comfort. Plus if your weight fluctuate with time (like mine), you won’t have to worry about fitting as you can tie the belt more or less depending on your body shape. Win-win !!!

The most comfortable dress ever made – Heather dress by Sew Over It

Hi everyone! In today’s post I will finally share with you what I call “the most comfortable dress”  you can ever make! And I am not the only one, as many of you call it secret pyjamas!!! You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?!?! It is the fabulous Heather dress by Sew Over It. Normally I would write my final thoughts at the end…if there are any…but on this occasion I shall do something unexpected and start with it!…

 

Heather dress is absolutely my go to dress all year round. I had made 3 versions since buying the pattern last year and can honestly say it is worth every penny. It is versatile and makes me feel chic and stylish whenever I put it on! Plus it gives you an option to color block and get creative! I like it to wear it during warmer weather with sandals and during winter with tights and boots. Another staple piece in my wardrobe!

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Fabric

Heather is meant to be made out of a knit fabric, such as Ponte di Roma or double knit jersey and I had use different types each time I had made it. So far my favorite is the last one….maybe because I alter the pattern a bit each time and now I am content with the result or maybe because it’s made out of this beautiful Ponte di Roma I got from Croft Mill. It cost £7.00 per meter, but the quality is great. I previously purchased  cheaper poly jersey for my color block version and it was a disaster. After first wash the white panel became dirty grayish and it started to bubble….lesson learned…it’s better to spend few more pounds but enjoy and wear it for many years to come. This was the second time I had sewn with Ponte di Roma fabric and I must say it is one of the easiest knit to handle.

Fabric requirement for this pattern varies depending on size and option chosen, but for me 150cm is enough to make a sort sleeve version, so I save half a meter here, because I typically shorten most patterns substantially at the hem.

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Pattern adjustments

I have learnt some time ago to look at finished measurements chart at the same time as sizing chart to establish which size to cut out that would be best fit for my body. By doing this you will have a better idea if the pattern comes with a lot of ease or is it rather closer to the body, something this is cannot be clear based on a pattern lines or a picture.

Normally I would go with a bust measurement to pick a size and grade it from there, however for this pattern I chose my size based on my hip circumstance. Why did you do that Monika, you may ask… well…as this dress is sewn with a stretchy fabric it is more forgiving in comparison with woven materials, plus most of the time patterns that requires jersey type fabric would come with negative ease, meaning the pattern circumstances are smaller then your actual body. By looking at Heather’s finished measurements it can be seen that there is no ease at the bust, but there is a lot of extra fabric around the waist and hip areas. I decided to try size 16 which still gave me plenty of space to move and graded up at the bust. This was not difficult to do as the pattern comes with a princess type lines.

I had moved the waist up by 3 cm as I always do and at the same time did a sway back alteration on the pattern pieces to reduce the bulk of fabric that gathered above my bum. I pinched another 2 cm at the center back going to nothing at the side seam ( had to temporary tape it in place both back panels together).

Next I shortened the hem by 14 cm, but since doing my first version I had lengthen it again by 3 cm, so it reaches my knees.

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My first version comes with a 3/4 sleeves. I had tried a full length first, but did not like it on me. Since then I like the short sleeve best, but had to add some circumstances around the sleeve hem as it was tighter then I would prefer. I read that few people identified this problem too, which was not the case when making Molly top for me. I guess I will have to double check other Sew Over It designs in the future.

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Cutting and Sewing

Pattern comes with 15mm seam allowance which normally ( for patterns with stretchy fabric) I trim it down to about 8 to 10 mm so I can do the seams on my over-locker. This is not the best idea for this pattern, because Heather comes with in seam pockets ( which are awesome), and it would be very difficult to sew it with precision. Pattern instruction attached are very clear and easy to follow, which at this point I do not even look at 😉 It takes me about 40 mins to cut it out and 3 hours 30 minutes to complete sewing and pressing. It is not a speedy make, but anything that can be done in one sitting is an added bonus. I like to use a twin needle to finish the hems and top-stitch around the neckline.  I had realized that the neckband included in the pattern needs to by adjusted each time depending on a percentage of stretch in the fabric, so I cut it a bit longer and play with it to ensure I have enough. In general the more stretch the fabric has the shorter the neckband.

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~Heather is a must have dress, so do not waste any more time and start sewing!~

Monika xxx