I'm all about the wrap fastening this year. I've always liked a wrap dress or skirt and my middle age low tolerance for tightness or restriction is encouraging me to sew lots of wrap garments. I bought the Sew Over It Eve dress pattern at the end of last summer and looking around clothing on the high street there are still wrap dresses and jumpsuits everywhere so it's a trend that's carried over from last summer. This pattern does take quite a lot of fabric. I found this rayon floral on eBay for a ridiculously cheap price, still available at the moment. It's very drapey, slightly shiny and was much easier to press and sew than I thought it would be!
I made version 1 but lengthened the hem so it was the longest length at the back all the way around. I traced the pattern and made a quick toile for the bodice and then ended up removing a little of the fullness at the gathers below the front shoulder- taking out 1/2" each on each side. I graded a UK size 8 top to size 10 at the waist and a size 10 skirt as that matches my bust and waist measurements and 3 metres of fabric are ample, although I didn't need to allow extra fabric for pattern placement of matching.
It's an easy and relatively quick sew. The sleeves fit the armscye perfectly and the butterfly sleeve is soft and flattering to wear. A longer sleeve would be good too...
As I had extended the hem on the back and front skirt pieces I left the dress unhemmed for a few days so the bias on the side seams could drop and I could even out the length. I waited until my daughter came home from Uni so she could measure up from the floor and pin an even line but I did find this handy post on the Colette blog on how to measure a skirt hem solo style. The comments include some brilliant ideas about string and chalk. My only departure from the instructions was with the belt. Firstly, I sewed a long length of narrow tape into the short ends so it ran the inner length of the belt as I sewed the long seam, and then I used this to turn the tube through. I snipped the tape close the short seam once done and removed the end fibres with tweezers.
I also attached the belt slightly differently. Rather than folding the raw edge over and pressing, I wanted the raw edge would be encased so before the wrap edge was folded over to the inside I sewed it into position as in the photo below. When the wrap edge is pressed in, the belt then turns in too. I then fol it outwards and secured with a few stitches on the outside edge.
It's a great dress to wear! Dressy enough to feel like I've made an effort for going out and so comfortable that I could happily wear it all day. The skirt is swishy and the front overlap is generous, no fear of revealing too much on a windy day! I've some more viscose in my stash and it's definitely a dress that needs drape so maybe another with longer sleeves? There are so many Eve dresses to look at online made in a range of lengths and sizes, check out the Sew Over it Pinterest gallery for inspiration or #soievedress on Instagram for a bigger selection.