If you are new to sewing then a wrap dress is a great place to start. This one, the Eve Dress by Sew Over It
has no darts, no zip and no buttons. Perfect.
It is a very pretty feminine dress with plenty of swishy movement in the skirt. The beautiful Cotton Lawn Fabric
makes the whole thing very elegant looking .
There are two versions to this design, in this post I am making the dress with longer sleeves,but I'll let you into a secret, I wanted to try the pattern out by making a wearable toile so I have the short sleeve version to show you too.
is this stunning 100% Cotton Lawn Lady McElroy Tokyo Parasol Cotton Lawn. The background colour is a very dark navy.
This fabric has parasols which are printed in one direction only so make sure that they are the right way up on all the pattern pieces.
I love patterns which come with a separate concise instruction booklet. Each stage is described in greater detail and has a very good drawing to showmyou exactly how to do it.
There is a page of top tips and a glossary. These instructions are mega!
To stabilise the bodice, and to prevent stretching the neckline needs stabilising. The instruction booklet tells you exactly the length of tape needed for each size.
The measurement chart is on the back of the pattern envalope and it also gives the finished messurements.
Sew over it patterns are close fitting so do take your measurements carefully and choose the size closest to your size. If you are in any doubt then go up a size, it is easy to take in, but not so easy to make it larger.
We are starting off by making the skirt. There is just one back piece, I chose the design which dips at the back but there is the option of making the skirt the same length all the way round.
We need to leave space on the right hand side for the tie to pass through so make a tailor tack or other mark and leave the seam open above it on the right side only.
Finish and press each seam as you go, it makes a huge difference to the finished result.
The front bodice needs to be gathered at the shoulder, do this by doing a row of long stitches within the seam allowance. Keep within the circles too.
With right sides together stitch the yoke to the front bodices . The curved side of the yoke forms the neckline and the end with the notches is stitched to the backs.
Gather up the stitches evenly as you sew and neaten the seams with your overlocker or a zig zag stitch. Press towards the yoke.
Attach the yoke to the back in the same way.
Referring to the guide, cut and mark the stay tape . I used an Iron On Seam Tape
instead of fabric tape.
Iron the stabiliser on, clipping it to fit around the neckline curves if necessary. If you are using tape then machine baste it in place taking care not to stretch the fabric out of shape.
I like to add the sleeves now as it is much easier to insert them flat rather than after the side seams have been sewn.
Gather the sleeve head with a long basting stitch and pin them to the armsyce right sides together. Use the basting threads to ease the sleeve in neatly. There should be no pleats or gathers.
When you are happy machine stitch the seam, overlock and then press.
Stitch the side and sleeve seams in one operation, matching the underarm seam. You need timesheet the right side open below the notch to match the opening in the skirt.
Stitch the skirt to the bodice,matching the side seams.
Fold the neckline and sides to the inside by 1cm press as you go and pin or clip in place.
Once you are happy that the neckband is perfectly straight and even top stitch it in place nearly.
Work from the centre back down one side then from the centre back down the other side.
Measure and pin or clip the hem mitering the corners neatly. Machine stitch in place. Then finish the sleeve hems if you haven't done them already.
Make the ties, trimming the corners and then turn the right way out making sure that you push the ends out so that they are perfectly square. Then press.
Try the dress on and make sure that you are happy with the position of the ties. ideally they should sit just below the bodice fronts with the topmost the tie lined up with the waist seam.
The ties wrap around the waist and tie in a bow at the front. The dress feels very secure but you may need to add a press stud at the front for modesty! Try the dress on and mark the position needed.
The dress has a very large wrapped skirt so there is little danger of it flying open and causing embarrassment.
The back dips down quite deeply, it really is a lovely shape.
This is the short sleeved version I told you about. I think it would look great in a floral Crepe Fabric
if you did not want to use cotton Lawn.
Thank you for reading this post, I hope that you make this beautiful dress which really is suitable for any level from beginners to experienced sewers.