Eva, along with the Cambie dress, was one of the patterns I intended to make this year. So, I might be sticking with the plan. Well done, me.
I started this dress back in March, at Social Sewing. Eva sewed up real quick like. The only trouble I had was with the cowl neck (actually, the back neck, not the cowl itself, but how the back came together with the cowl neck), and I unpicked and did it twice before getting it right. I do not recall now what getting it right entailed. After that hurdle, the entire thing came together ridiculously quickly, and Eva was pretty much finished a few days after I started.
I know. That never happens. But don’t worry, I fell into the usual pattern for me.
Eva, as she was in late March. Pretty much complete, except for hemming.
I left Eva like this for months. I did not like Eva when I’d finished her to the above stage. I knew that some of my dislike was the length, but I just could not work out what length to cut her at. Which is utterly stupid of me, because there is pretty much only one length I wear in dresses: around my knees.
I also could not work out how I wanted to hem the dress. So it sat with my works in progress, and I made other things. Anything, really. Until the guilt got too much for me and I just measured roughly 22 inches from roughly where the waist was (can you tell that I did this part very accurately?) and cut the hem with the same tricky technique I’d used on the Tiramisu: overlaying the pattern piece, matching to side seams, to get the curve right.
Eva, after I finally plunged in and cut it to the length that I like wearing dresses. Looks much better! Now she’s wearable.
It’s actually a little bit shorter than I would like, especially for a work dress (oopsie), and I’m still not all that taken with her, so I’m going to leave the hem raw. She’ll be worn; I just don’t love her enough to try any harder.
One of things I do like, however, is the cowl neck. I might make this again but as a top.
The back, for waist shaping.
That’s it, really. Eva: she’s all right..
*Update!* I wore Eva for a day at work, and she is wonderfully comfortable. No one complimented me (woe!) but I figure that was because the colour is really drab. Workwear was so successful, I’m considering hemming Eva #1 (I know! Revolutionary!) and making another, perhaps in a less boring colour.