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

Making Of Series // Kelly Anorak //Part 3 // Final Review!

Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns

It been a long time in the making and I am finally sharing my finished Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns. For more about the hiccups and contributors to the 'slowness' that came along with this project, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my Kelly Anorak 'Making Of' Series.

It is no secret that this is a project chock full of techniques. For me they were mostly new techniques and I loved every bit of the construction. The perfectionist in me will say that there are some finishes that could be improved. But the pragmatist in me is really proud of what I created.

I must admit that as the end of the make came nearer, I became more and more impatient. The mental weight of the project in amongst numerous projects I have on the burner (typical!) made if difficult to resist the 'just-get-it-done' mentality. One can't be too hard on oneself in these situations however. Sewing is a never ending practice that itself comes with ups and downs.

Pretty Snaps 

Pretty Snaps 

Time to get into the knitty gritty...

Fabric  

The main outer fabric is a bright red twill and the underlining has been made using a novelty print flannel. I realised whilst shooting the images for this post that this fabric is so wrinkly! It is hard to iron out and wrinkles so easily. :-S

Halfway through the project I began to dreadfully regret my choice of fabric for the underlining. The red thread I used to perfectly match the outer fabric I realised is much too bold against inside - and the point of using flat fell seams (faux flat fell seams in this case) is to make the inside of the garment neat and tidy. Next time, I plan to choose an underlining which will better match the topstitch thread in order to achieve a prettier inside.

Size: 12

Adjustments:

No fit adjustments were made. It is a pretty roomy size for me but this is preferable in a coat which will probably be worn over other layers.

Skills learnt

Where do I even begin- every step is a learning experience. This project is no doubt a garment that needs as much time and love given to it. For me, using the combination of the instruction diagrams and the helpful online tutorials helped get me over the line with very little problems.

What I would do different next time:

As mentioned already, match the underlining fabric better to the topstitch thread. 

There is also one big boo boo I made which is very obvious from the outside...can you spot it?

Final Thoughts

This was my 'slow-sewing' challenge for the year (only second to my even bigger project of developing my first PDF sewing pattern for release in the new year). There is so much to learn and grow a single make and it has inspired me to choose another big project to tackle again for next year...Maybe the Ginger jeans are next on my horizon?

Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns
Hong Kong bias finishing on hem

Hong Kong bias finishing on hem

Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns
Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns