Hi pinups! Time for another Minerva Crafts Blogger Network make - I can't believe how quickly it's come around. And true to my retro summer style, it's yet another floral vintage inspired dress! I promise my next 3 makes will be different...

Like June, I also had a wedding in July, but this time around the wedding was more casual and took place in a beautiful farm setting. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out the new Sew Over It Eve Wrap Dress Pattern!

Here's a peek at the pattern:

I've never sewn a wrap dress before, but when versions of Eve started popping up on my Instagram feed, I knew I had to try it. The style looked really flattering and I thought it would suit my body shape nicely. Luckily I was right (I hope you agree...)!

The pattern suggests using light weight or drapey fabrics for Eve, but I'm a simple cotton girl at heart and thought I'd risk it and use this stunning subtle tropical print Cotton Poplin Fabric. I'm really happy with how this combination worked and I like the extra stiffness the poplin provides as it show off the fullness in the sleeves and provides more opaqueness than a viscose would.

I found Eve relatively simple to sew up. I think the trickiest part is finishing the edges of the neck. I used a satin ribbon to stabilise the bias cut front, as I didn't have any stay tape to hand. I'm really happy with my finished look but would probably stick to stay tape next time. My centre front did stretch out slightly and I had to do a bit of tactical sewing towards to end to rectify this. But once the dress is tied in place, my small mistake isn't noticeable at all - phew!

I found the bodice a little short on me. I was expecting the tie to sit around my smallest part, but I find the waist more empire line than sitting on my middle. I'm pretty short (5"4), so usually short bodices don't happen to me and I'm sure the versions I've seen online look waist length. So whether I made a mistake or my boobs have lifted up the bodice more than expected, I don't know. But I'm still happy with the fit all the same, but may lengthen the bodice to sit on the smallest part of my torso next time.

As always, here's my short sewing summary with everything you need to know...

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Sew Over It - Eve Dress

Fabric: Floral Print Cotton Poplin Fabric Silver

Notions: Satin ribbon/stay tape for the neck edge.

Sewing time: A day.

Modifications: None.

Fit: Pretty good.

Difficulty: I found finishing the centre front seams a little tricky, but otherwise straight forward.

Watch out for: Getting a tidy neck edge!

Make Again?: Yes! I think this is a great pattern and a flattering style.

You can see more of this dress in action in my July Sew & Tell YouTube video here.

Overall, I'm really happy with my Eve dress. I've worn it a few times since sewing as it's perfect for so many occasions and gets a bunch of compliments. I only wish I'd made it earlier on this summer so I could get even more wear out of it, or sew a second!

Thanks for reading, pinups.

Abi xo