Thursday, July 19, 2018

So Over It Eve wrap dress in rayon woven

Recently my sewing has been all about the wrap dress. Well, that is not entirely accurate, as I have about a zillion projects currently in progress. Sure, that is also an exaggeration but some days that's what it feels like. I just completed a dress from the May Burda magazine for myself, I made a pattern and from a pair of pants that I bought a while ago and liked the fit, I have several projects in the works for my friend Heather including a very sexy sleeveless black stretch denim version of this dress, AND then some wrap dress sewing in anticipation of a class I'm teaching in August at Hello Stitch.

I'm still regretting that I sewed up the knit wrap dress of the previous post in a slightly too small size for myself, but I will make up for that soon by sewing that vintage Vogue DFV dress pattern I snagged a few months back for the amazing sum of 25 cents. I'll revisit that one sometime, but in the meanwhile I also sewed up a dress to play around with another wrap dress pattern, and to have this example displayed at Stone Mountain Fabrics and promote the class.

This is the  Eve wrap dress from Sew Over It patterns which is a UK pattern company. They stock the  paper patterns at Stone Mountain so you can buy in the US on their website or at the store.

blue dress edit2

I made this dress in their size 10 with no adjustments and the fit was quite nice. I was really sewing it for a display item, but could you resist trying it on? not me! Plus it felt so unusual to have something at that hem length. If I were to make it for myself I would definitely shorten it as it feels like a lot of fabric. Perhaps I'm just not used to that length. And it does take a good bit of fabric.

However it does feel like the perfect dress for going to a tea party on a lawn somewhere, an event that I have never attended nor am likely to. (Also tea  - eek, I can't stand tea! do they serve coffee also at tea parties or perhaps something a bit stronger?)

Here is the pattern envelope. Usually those flutter sleeves don't appeal to me but I think proportionally they work really well on this dress, and give it kind of a 1930's style. Fabric choice is critical for this dress, it needs something that drapes really well. I used a woven rayon from Stone Mountain. I'm not sure if they have the exact one still available but I see lots of woven rayon prints on their website that would work perfectly. I'm obsessed with fruit prints lately and now I want this one. 


Here's a closer view, you can see that it has some shoulder yoke pieces in the front and there are gathers which create the shaping over the bust instead of darts.

eve wrap dress close up front

The pattern drawing shows it more clearly. There is also a waist seam front and back. In the drawing the wrap portions looks like it drapes at the waist but I didn't find that to be the case, neither on me or my dress form.


Eve dress in blue rayon1 close up view

I was pleasantly surprised at how the wrap actually wrapped, in that the center front met properly, the V wasn't too low, and the neckline was just about right. I could even see making this in a jersey knit, it wouldn't really behave all that differently and the neckline edge is stabilized with tape so you would do that same step with a knit to keep it in shape.  I was trying to slightly more serious in the blog picture - just for variety - instead of my usual grin. There is something about having my photo taken, I just can't not smile - excuse the double negative. And I think it looks a bit like an odd smirk. Ok maybe it's the week for weak double negatives and odd smirks and that is my political comment for the week - yikes - what a weird week it has been. Is it 2020 yet? Hang in there RBG is my other fervent wish!

Back to sewing stuff.
Note that I made the flutter sleeve version but used the skirt of the shorter version - and look how long it is on me. This is meant to be long I guess or just right for a tall person.

eve wrap dress front on form

So that's the scoop on this pretty wrap dress, and I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone makes in the upcoming wrap dress class at Hello Stitch.

Another fun class that is very soon (Sat. July 28)  Pattern Hacks: Add new elements to your existing patterns. I am really looking forward to this one, as you know I can't leave a pattern alone and I think it will be fun to show how to change darts, move seams, create color block elements and generally get more mileage from the patterns we already have. Sleeves! i almost forgot  - ways to redesign the sleeve. Next week I'll be combing through my files and photos to prep for this class.

And one more look at that flowy skirt moving ever so slightly in the breeze. Check out that grapevine behind me, it's making a run for it over the fence, adds a lot of greenery and has never put out as much as one little grape. I keep it because it's pretty.

Eve dress in blue rayon1

Up next, a few of those things mentioned in the first paragraph, and then maybe a t-shirt and another dress from the Burda magazine. or maybe I will spend many days in the pool because it has been really hot lately - and even with AC temps of 100℉ for days in a row really does start to wear. I know I love hot weather, but somehow the difference between 92 and 100 seems so much more than merely 8 degrees!

Happy Summer Sewing and stay cool wherever you are,

today's garden photo, when the heat sets in most of the roses get a bit limp and this one is a bit meager with the flowers, but that color makes up for it.



  1. Your dress is so perfectly pretty! I'm not used to seeing you in a tea length, and it really suits you. I think you could wear this more often!

  2. Pretty dress, and it really does fit perfectly! Yes, what a week too, double everything. Hope your temps drop, I know what that's like (transplanted Californian). We've been virtually steaming on the East Coast. A tiring summer so far with the heat.

  3. Like others, I think this length really suits you more than you think. It certainly looks a bit vintage, but that is a good thing sometimes. You look so "lady-like" and lovely. Yes, the week has been tiring here for so many reasons, the heat is doubling down here in the South, and politics -UGH! I pray that RBG stays healthy as well. She is my hero. The heat here is horrible, but the humidity is worse. Happy sewing to get you through all this!

  4. I always love when you sew an indie pattern, because I trust your judgement about pattern drafting and quality! I've sewn a few So Over It patterns and been pretty happy, although I think I had to remove a lot of sleeve cap height in a few - but maybe that's just personal preference! Hope your upcoming classes are lots of fun!

  5. Such a pretty dress!! Very informative comments as usual, I never tried this company as their smallest size is quite far from my measurements and I'm lazy... But I just bought a very similar wrap dress with a floral print and in the same colors in a boutique in France! The main difference is that it's ankle length. I'm completely addicted to it! I think you will wear this dress a lot!

  6. This is so pretty on you and I love the fabric choice!

  7. How do you manage having many open projects? Does it ever feel overwhelming? How do you prioritize? Struggling with these feelings myself. I’ve tried to make myself finish one project but end up feeling boxed in and not wanting to sew. Any experience you have at managing projects would be helpful! And also your dress is quite lovely! Your finishing skills are always so impeccable.

  8. Sunny Optomist, the dreaded "open project" syndrome drives me crazy, too. I look forward to Beth's response (if she has time!), but in the meantime, here's what I did:

    The List. Yep, I wrote down a list of every single project (ongoing or planned) and prioritized it. Then I started at the really, a gazillion projects became only one, that is, the one at the top of The List. And yes, sometimes something comes up that bumps the first priority project, and then I make myself redo The List.

    I don't know if this has necessarily improved my productivity, but I KNOW it has helped my sanity. (One of my ASG sewing buddies has also started The List system, and she swears by it, too.) Good luck!

    1. Thanks SilverMom! This is a good idea as I often forget projects I have started, leading to a growing box of UFOs that I never want to open. Will have to give it a try.

  9. A wrap dress is number one on my sewing fall list. I wonder what do you recommend, a knit wrap dress o a woven with drape wrap dress? Isn't it difficult to avoid the woven wrap dress from gaping at the front?

  10. Thanks for the review, but especially for the political humor. You're not the only one who can't wait for 2020.

  11. Very pretty in this fabric. I have their 1940s wrap dress in my (long) queue ;o)


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