I know, I know, it’s only the middle of November, I have no business posting about any Christmas things so early. But my work Christmas do was yesterday (maybe the venue was all booked up on more appropriate Christmas party dates?), and I really wanted to wear this dress, so I’ve had to be super organised…
This is the Sew Over It Eve dress, a woven wrap dress with the front gathered onto yokes at the shoulder, and with awesome 1970’s flutter sleeves. There is the option for a high-low hem, but I opted for the straight hem from version 2 of the pattern. There is a lot to like about this pattern, the wrap front fits beautifully with the gathering above the bust, and the wrap edge is shaped just right to sit close against the body without gaping.
See how well that neckline sits? The instructions give you specific measurements for how long each front edge, yoke piece and back neckline half should be, so that you can ease it onto a length of twill tape, which I thought was brilliant. I feel nice and secure in this bodice, not like it’s going to fly open at any moment! I’ve never managed to find a wrap dress which fits my weird short torso without gaping open, so I’m super happy with the fit of this one.
I feel pretty safe in the skirt too, the underskirt is the full width of the bodice so hopefully that’ll mean fewer wind-related incidents, even in Wellington. I made the size 10, which is where my measurements put me, and made no changes to the pattern. I might yet go back and take a tiny bit of length off the bodice, I’m undecided. I quite like the slightly bloused look, I think it suits the romantic, vintage vibe this dress has, but I’m also concerned that it might grow a bit over time, with the weight of the skirt hanging from it.
The fabric is a Telio rayon challis from Fabric.com. It’s lovely and smooth and floaty, but it is a bit sheer. It was pretty easy to sew with, I used a microtex needle and my silk pins to keep it all under control. The hardest part was leveling the hem! I let it drop for nearly a week, and it was 3” longer at the side seams than at the front edges of the skirt. I find leveling hems a challenge, even with my dressmakers dummy and a hem ruler. It’s like cutting your own hair, it always ends up shorter on one side! Eventually I got it pretty much even, though when I wear it it looks less even than it does on the mannequin. I’m going to blame that on the way I’ve tied the wrap, and on how I’m standing.
In the end, I didn’t wear this dress to the Christmas lunch after all, it was way too cold and windy! I came home and decided to take some photos of it anyway, so if I’m looking more cheerful (manically cheesy) than usual in these pictures that’s because I’d had a few glasses of wine before getting the camera out…
Is anyone else doing some very early Chrismas sewing or attending any premature Christmas events? Tell me I’m not alone!
21 thoughts on “A Christmassy Eve”
Beautiful job on the dress! I have the same concerns about wrap dresses so nice to know there’s a good pattern out there!
Thanks AJ! I feel like there’s lots of things that can go wrong with a wrap dress, but I would recommend this pattern 🙂
This is a great dress
Ooo! Your Eve is gorgeous! Totally agree with you on the great fit on the bodice, and the skirt front. Love this pattern and am planning a second.
Thanks Lynne! I’ll look forward to seeing your next version 😊
That is just gorgeous, and I love the colour.
Thank you! I really like the colour too 😊
You’re not alone – I have a Christmassy birthday, so I’ve got a ton of things to sew between now and 25/12! I love the way this dress fits on you – and that’s a great tip about securing the wrap front to a length of twill tape.
Thanks Janet! The twill tape thing is genius, it worked perfectly. Hope your birthday/Christmas sewing goes well!
Looks gorgeous and you are so smiley! Wine for all blog photos! And great neckline – you can definitely do a bend and snap in that one!
Ha ha, thanks Sarah 😁 I totally can, I’ll be bending and snapping all over the place!
This is truly a beautiful dress and what a gorgeous color.
Thank you! 😊
I love that colour! You look lovely! Our party isn’t until mid December. I’m not even sure what I am going to wear yet!
Thanks Linda! Mid December is a much more appropriate time for a Christmas do than mid November…
Ok, i am following you now! I have a short torso also, which is s challenge sometimes! Also love the Fabric Store (here in Australia). Love your work.