Summer is coming to an end soon… In our little town the weather has already gotten worse and in a few weeks I’ll have to pack my summer wardrobe for good. I have mixed feelings about it! I’m sad to say goodbye to many garments that I didn’t wear as much as I’d like, but I’m also very excited to start planning my autumn/winter sewing. I have a few more summer items to make for collaborations with some lovely brands and then I can move on to my autumn plans.
One of my latest summer makes was the Eve dress, the spring pattern release by Sew Over It. I think Eve was their only pattern which I didn’t get the minute it was released. I thought it wouldn’t suit me and I wouldn’t have an occassion to wear it. But all these thoughts went away as soon as I saw Hattie’s version on Instagram. Hattie was pregnat all summer and she posted some stunning maternity outfits that stole my heart. She made a few Eve dresses and one of them she hacked into a maxi version. I was sold!
I LOVE maxi dresses in the summer and a wear them all the time so when SOI’s summer sale came up I grabbed Eve and cut my dress the same day. I used a very unusual fabric that I got months ago from Tsagrinos.gr It was described as a stretch viscose but I’m pretty sure it has some crepe in it, judging from its texture. This is one of my all time favorite fabrics and I think I’m gonna get some more (maybe for a Kimono?) Hopefully there’s still some in stock, bceuase it was only 3 euros per meter.
As I said, I decided to hack Eve into a maxi dress which isn’t difficult at all. I just added lentgth to the front and the back and that’s it! The dress itself has a quite dramatic high low hem, which I’m not a fan of, and by adding length to the front I reduced it to a moderate high low hem, which I really love!
The construction is fairly easy. The only difficult part is the fact that you are working with a drapey/slippery fabric, which might be hard for beginners, but the overall construction is simple. The pattern recommends these types of fabrics for a more floaty dress, but you can also use cotton fabrics if you are afraid. Abi from Crafty Pinup recently posted her Eve dress in a cotton and it looks fab!
The only tricky part construction-wise is that the neckline is stabilized using a stay tape. You basically stitch the tape on the neckline to prevent it from stretching with wear, because that part is cut on the bias. I didn’t have a stay tape at hand, so I used a simple organza ribbon from my stash that worked like a charm! If you want my advice, don’t overlook this step, as it is really important for this dress!
Overall I’m very happy with my Eve dress. I already wore it out and I got some lovely compliments 🙂 I’d like to make another one for winter with longer sleeves and midi lenght if I have the time.
Have you made an Eve dress?