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The Evelyn Dress

My Aunt gave me the Evelyn dress pattern from her copy of Simple Sewing. I liked it but couldn't tell if I liked it because of the fabric or the style. I am not great with things that have a gathered waist because I am short in the body but I really loved this fabric from Minerva so decided to give it a try.

I made the dress by cutting between size 12 and 14 to be on the safe side and it was a good fit. It comes in two lengths and again I went for a length in the middle. The fabric matches the 1940's vintage housewife style. It was a beautiful quality lightweight Cotton Fabric Similar to Liberty Fabric and I would say unless you were a Liberty aficionado you wouldn't know the difference.

I decided to distribute the gathers in the elastic mainly at the back of the dress to give the front a smoother outline. This worked well and I will wear it with a belt. 

The neckline is very open so it is definitely a summer dress but it was a lovely dress to make. My all singing and dancing Brother machine is out of action at the moment with a broken footplate so I can report that this was easy to make on the simplest of sewing machines - I used my 11 year old daughter's Necchi machine.

Because her machine is simple it does not have a button hole feature so I had to get a friend to let me use hers to do the buttonholes.

The collars are soft and not interfaced but the crisp cotton made a neat ironed edge that curved beautifully.

The buttons were from a toddler cardigan I made when one of my girls was young. The cardigan never recovered from a year of weekly washing so I saved the buttons and recycled the cardigan. I spotted them on a safety pin in my button jar and they were a perfect botanical match.

This fabric would make any summer dress, blouse or skirt. Perfect for the sunshine.

Thanks for reading,

Jo @ Three Stories High

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