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Viscose Challis Eve Dress

Hello, I’m Adelle, I am on a mission to create a handmade wardrobe which I’m writing about over on my blog. I’m excited to be here to review this floral Viscose Challis Fabric from Minerva Crafts.

The Fabric:

This beautiful lightweight dressmaking fabric is a light and floaty woven viscose chalis with large flowers and foliage across it. The flowers are approximately 10cm in size so it’s just a perfect bright summer fabric. I did worry that with the lightweight nature of the fabric it could be a little sheer, however it has great opaque nature whilst still being breathable. The quality of the print is also great and I feel that it wouldn’t fade over time.

The lightweight quality of the fabric makes it versatile for a summer make because it is breathable and light to wear. It presses well, which makes it a good option for a semi-fitted garment.

The Pattern:

A summer dress in my mind needs to be skimming and comfortable. A wrap dress is just the answer, especially to suit this beautiful weather that we’ve been having in the UK recently. The Sew Over It Eve Dress just seemed to suit this fabric perfectly, and could carry the large print well. The Eve dress has two versions, a more boho romantic look perfect for summer and another more sleek and elegant dress suitable as an everyday dress. I have chosen to sew version 1, with statement relaxed sleeve and a dipped hem. This version would look great as a wedding outfit too.

The Sew:

The Eve dress is only fitted at the waist with a tie and a gathered yoke for fitting at the bust so picking a size is simple by just using the pattern measurements.

I cut out a size 10 from 3m of fabric which was ample. The pattern recommends 3.2m but with past experience of Sew Over It, they do slightly over estimate their fabric requirements. The fabric is easy to handle despite it being lightweight. After reading other reviews of the Eve dress, I was aware of how easy it could be to stretch out the front wrap piece. You sew in stay tape to stabilise this piece but I have seen recommendations to use the fabric selvage as it has the same weight as the fabric that you are using. The back piece is made up of 2 pieces but in reflection I feel that I would change this to 1 piece, cutting it on a fold, which will help continue the pattern when the fabric has a large print this this viscose.

The Finished Dress:

Putting on the Eve dress for the first time I just wanted to dance and spin around the garden. It is super comfortable, but elegant and feminine. The ties are long, so I wrapped them around finishing at the front tying at the wrap over waist.

The gathers on the yoke give enough drape to fit over the bust, but with a larger bust I do wonder if further gathers may need to be added so that it wouldn’t pull up the waist.

The sleeves offer cover but without any restrictions and are very on trend to what I have seen on the high street. The notches only match up for the longer sleeved version so I had to just go with my gut to how they fitted.

The dipped hem it’s a great feature and would look wonderful when wearing heels. It would also accommodate a taller person without having to add any extra length to the dress. You could easily mix up the versions to create a straight hem from version 2 but with the short sleeves.

A wrap dress is just a perfect feature that will fit right into my summer wardrobe. I’ll be taking it on holiday to wear in the evening for dinner and drinks. If I receive any formal invitations in the future I will look to the Eve dress first.

Adelle x


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