Special Occasion Sewing – My Brand New Eve Dress

Special Occasion Sewing – My Brand New Eve Dress

The handmade dress I was wearing to my friends wedding.
My husband and I at our friend’s wedding. I was wearing my handmade Eve Dress.

Are you looking for a beginner-friendly sewing pattern which will give you a beautiful dress for a special occasion? You’ve come to the right place.

This was exactly the position I’ve been in a couple of weeks back. A close friend of mine was getting married in Switzerland and I wanted to attend this special occasion in a handmade outfit. However, I just had roughly 10 months of sewing experience🙈 An ambitious goal, I know,  but I really wanted to give it a try.

Luckily, I found the perfect combination of pattern and fabric which made it possible for me to achieve my goal💕 Keep on reading to find out all the details.

The Eve Dress Pattern

The Eve Dress is a beautiful sewing pattern from Sew Over It. There are two different versions for this wrap dress. I decided to go with variation 1 which is more feminine and romantic and therefore perfect for a summer wedding👰 The dipped hem, the gathered yoke and the floaty sleeves are what makes this pattern so special for me.

I love the gathered yoke and the floaty sleeves.
I love the gathered yoke and the floaty sleeves.

Why This Pattern

The great thing about a wrap dress is that you barely need to do any fitting. You just wrap the dress over in the front and tie the belt around your hips to give it the shape you want👗 Also, the dress has a relatively simple construction which makes it possible for sewers with a bit of experience to take on this challenge.

The corresponding instruction booklet takes you through all the different stages step by step and also includes very practical drawings which will help you to better understand what exactly you need to do.

Adjustments Made

Barely any! The only adjustment I’ve made is to shorten the hem a bit more as I prefer the shortest part of the dress to be at knee-length rather than the middle of the calf. But this is just a personal preference💁‍♀️

As you can see in this pic, I’ve shortened the hem that it ends at knee-length.

I’m usually between a size 10 (at the top) and 12 (at the bottom) and decided to go with the size 10 as the bottom part is rather loose anyway. It was the right choice as the dress fits perfectly. As mentioned above, there is barely any fitting you have to do with a wrap dress which is great🙂

The Elderflower Fabric

The bigger challenge for sewing beginners might be around the fabric as the Eve Dress pattern is designed for lightweight drapey fabrics.

If you haven’t worked with such a textile before, you might want to go with a more stable fabric (e.g. cotton lawn). However, if you’re up for the challenge, you can go for something more drapey such as viscose, crepe or rayon.

Enjoying a beautiful sunset in this beautiful floaty dress. 
Enjoying a beautiful sunset in this beautiful floaty dress.

My Fabric Choice

For my project, I knew exactly which fabric I wanted as I came across it at The Knitting & Stitching Show in spring 2019. It was love at first sight when I saw the Elderflower fabric from Til The Sun Goes Down💕

The aqua colour I’ve used is no longer available on the website. However, this version in a beautiful blue comes quite close to it.

Why It’s The Perfect Choice

The design has been inspired by a late 1940’s/early 1950’s dress print. It’s a delicate and feminine print which matches perfectly with the romantic Eve Dress pattern💘

Also, thanks to the minimal seams in the dress, you can really show off the beautiful Elderflower in its entire beauty.

Watching the balloon fly off. I love this Elderflower print so much. 
Watching the balloon fly off. I love this Elderflower print so much.

The fabric is a mix of silk and viscose which gives it a lovely drape and a beautiful fluidity. This again is a match made in heaven for the floaty Eve Dress pattern✨ The gentle sheen on the fabric gives it a wonderful elegant touch.

Final Thoughts

I couldn’t be more happy with my Eve Dress and received many compliments for it at the wedding. It feels so great to say that you’ve made a garment all by yourself and to know that you wear something truly unique and special. I will definitely wear this dress again soon. It’s a go-do-piece in my wardrobe for a special occasion or just a beautiful summer day☀️

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