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Eva Knit dress

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Classic
Deby Coles on craftsy.com

What was your source for this sewing project? Online Photo or Website
Name of website or photo Eva Knit Dress - free pattern

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What materials did you use? A rather thin dubious knit material - I should have known better!

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What are you most proud of? I made a pretty good job of the draped diagonal waist.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I used a light-weight slinky knit from my local store and I think this is mostly where I went wrong with this pattern. My fabric is simply too light and thin to have the smooth draping called for to make this look really good. The dress was quick and easy to put together. The pattern is very well drafted and fits together perfectly. Instructions and clear and easy to follow and the dress fitted me just great without the need for any large alterations. There is a tuck in the back, which is in two pieces, top and skirt, and the tuck is in both parts. It pulls in the waist a little to make the dress more fitted. Im actually not too sure about this feature. It might be better omitting this and have the black plain, and cutting it smaller in the waist instead. When it was finished, it fit quite well, and there was enough ease to allow me to pull the dress on and off, but not too much. I have worn it a couple of times and I thought it looked good, although my colleagues werent so sure. Now Ive seen these photos I agree with them. It just does NOT suit me. I look too butch. Is it the wide slashed neckline and the little sticky-out sleeves? I look like a tiny head on some huge shoulders. And the shape is all wrong, or the length? The diagonal lines on the front? Or maybe its the silly way I am holding my arms in these photos. Im just not sure why it looks so bad, I cant quite put my finger on it. But this dress makes me look all frumpy and dumpy and just Big. Im pretty sure its the wide neck and the sleeves are wrong for me. Its in the back of my wardrobe now and I wont wear it again unless I can change it somehow.

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Love the dress:) You look great!

04/08/2013 Flag

I agree with you about the tuck in the back, although that may be what give you the ease to pull it on without a closure device. Perhaps a couple of long darts in the back would make that part nicer. OR a piece of 1-1 1/2 inch elastic sewn on the inside that, stretched, is about ten inches long. I've thought about making it and would maybe use a less stretchy fabric, as you suggested. But overall, it's cute and you do need a brighter color, because you are not a drab person.

05/03/2013 Flag

Hmm, I think it looks great on you! If I made it I'd need to do something about that diagonal tummy panel, probably add more gathers, or copy the back so there's a front tuck too. Otherwise I'd feel I put a big flashing "Look here" arrow on my bulgiest bit. But you don't have that problem!

05/22/2013 Flag

Honestly I think you look great! Not my fav colour but like suggested before accessories will sort that out easily :) Ive used a slimming slip beneath thin knots before and it usually makes the fabric sit much better. I prefer shorter sleeves in the cap style but that's not for everyone either. It may suit this dress if you shorten them a touch. Don't let this dress sit at the back of your closet, be proud of what you made and even more so, be proud of your terrific figure!! :)

10/30/2013 Flag

The dress looks great on you. Can it be made larger and still look good? I need to try and find outfits that my wife can wear. ( 2x ) thanks, Dean.

03/24/2014 Flag

Hi Dean, This pattern comes in a range of sizes up to a US size 20, and if you need to go larger, you could try to grade up yourself from there.

03/28/2014 Flag