#smyly2018 challenge // Velo Culottes

 #smyly2018 challenge // Velo Culottes

Sewing Makes You Love Yourself (#smyly2018) is a challenge which exemplifies everything that I feel about sewing. And it is so wonderful that I am not alone in these feelings.

Initiated by  three lovely ladies of the sewing community Athina Kakou, Lisa Kisch and Hattie Van Der Krohn, this challenge celebrates the power of sewing in keeping many of happy, healthy and sane.

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2017 // #NewYearsResewlutions

It certainly has been a big year for me in many ways, both personal and professional. The highs and lows of getting a creative start-up revving have not eluded me. There have been a few moments when a cloud of paralysing doubt has descended upon me. More so however, there are many more moments where there is nothing else that I would rather been doing! And that's what keeps me going.

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Digital Sewing Scoop // November

Digital Sewing Scoop // November

I don't know about you, but I usually love the shift in atmosphere as the seasons change, especially here in Melbourne. As Summer approaches for us in the southern hemisphere, the excitement for the arrival of beach weather is quite obviously marred by everybody's preoccupation with the 'busy' season.  There are Christmas gifts to be bought, shopping mall parking to be fought over and plenty work parties to attend. I myself am attempting to avoid most of these December obligations however we all know it is not entirely possible!

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Pattern Review // Eve Dress // Sew Over It

This season has been all about 2 things... the wrap and the statement sleeve. Whilst I am not jumping on  the 'big-sleeve-bus', I certainly am enjoying the wraps-wraps dresses, wrap tops, wrap skirts, faux wraps etc. For me, wearing garments at the waist is very uncomfortable so anything with a tie to do that cinching at the waist is a big plus for me.

The Eve dress was a much anticipated release by Sew Over It fans and I can totally understand why. From the pretty flutter sleeves to the floaty hi-lo circle skirt hem, this dress was a perfect choice for me. I made it with a family wedding in mind but I will definitely be wearing this to one of my own pre-wedding events too. 

Eve Dress by Sew Over It

The Eve dress is a pretty quick make which I completed in a day of uninterrupted sewing time (a rarity for sure!).  I took a risk by not making a toile as there is a bit more forgiveness with wrap dresses and I am very pleased with the result.

Size:

My measurements are (Bust 37'', Waist 29.5'', Hips 39'').

I cut a size 12 (Bust 37'', Waist 30'', Hips 40'').

Fabric  

How gorgeous is this floral tencel that I bought on a whim from Darn Cheap Fabrics! I initially had a shift dress in mind however it is pretty perfect for the Eve.

Fit and adjustments:

I did a bit of reading on other blogs before making this pattern. A few people mentioned concerns about extra fabric at the bodice side seam. Although there was a bit of room in that area, I can't say that it bothers me. I generally prefer a looser fit anyways. 

Eve Dress by Sew Over It

Most of the bloggers also noted that the skirt was quite long and I agree. I am 5'6'' and also had to trim the skirt length by about 15cm. 

Skills

The neckline is stabilised with cotton-stay tape. I initially tested out the guidelines they provide which measures out each section of the neckline on the stay-tape before attaching. I found that the sections didn't equal out and I just persisted without doing any easing. I am not sure if this was completely incorrect but the bodice doesn't gape too much at the bust so it all worked out ok. 

Hemming large skirts are not my idea of sewing fun! For lighter fabrics, I often use the rolled hem function on my overlocker which always works out well. It involves a little bit of fiddling with the machine but not nearly as much fiddling as a narrow double fold hem on slippery fabrics!

What I would do different next time:

Nothing! This is unusual but I love every detail of this dress. 

Final Thoughts

This dress is the perfect marriage of elegance and comfort. What more could one ask for from a piece of clothing!

Eve Dress by Sew Over It
Eve Dress by Sew Over It
Eve Dress by Sew Over It