My friend invited me to her wedding.
So I made a dress.
It was my first time using an Eva Dress pattern and I think it was pretty successful. The instructions were very brief, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to manage (Burda flashbacks) but I made it in the end and am reasonably happy although very critical of my finishing.
The shell fabric is a polyester chiffon from Goldhawk Road and the sash and skirt band detail are made from silk satin. The (barely visible) slip underneath is made from a lightweight cotton sateen. I was on a bit of a budget, so eschewed the lovelier silk chiffon but in the end the sturdier polyester helped hide my not so brilliant stitching. I stitched it all on my machine and overlocked the seams inside. I also got to use my overlockers rolled hem function, which was actually pretty good.
The pattern was really good to work with. I did my usual adjustment of adding 1.5inches to the waist length, but I didn’t think ahead enough to add some room at the hips. It’s a little tight, but not uncomfortably so, I can still sit and walk with ease (no pun intended).
I couldn’t find any hook and eye tape in time, so had to improvise with selvedge strips and hooks and eyes. Having worn it all day I realised that I probably needed more as they kept popping open when I moved about, but thanks to the sash, no one noticed, and there weren’t any indecent exposures. On second thoughts, snaps would have been even better.
I was happy with how it worked out for my first attempt at sewing with chiffon, although it was a stressful, rushed experience. My initial plans for this dress were very different, but I couldn’t find the exact fabric I wanted, so this was my back up. It looks not dissimilar to the pattern envelope. I even copied the two tone sash:
Making an evening dress for a daytime, summer garden wedding felt a bit weird and inappropriate, but I’m actually glad I did. It’s not often that these occasions occur, and dressing up is fun. I’m curious to adapt this pattern to a shorter version.