Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tessuti's Eva Dress

When Tessuti released their Eva Dress Pattern, I wasn't sure I would make it. I don't know what it was, but I didn't feel immediately drawn to it. And then something happened. It started to call to me… 'make me Rachel, please, you'll love me'. My dreams were full of Evas, I kept seeing them out of the corner of my eye. Instead of seeing words about sexual violence and online communication technologies on the pages of journal articles I started seeing 'Eva, Eva, Eva'.

I can't ignore the call of a good pattern, so I bought this fabric to make one. I made it up at Sewjourn (pictures on that one to come), but before going to Sewjourn, Mum took me on my fabric shopping spree, and I saw an amazing textured cotton-nylon mix at Tessuti that had Eva written all over it. I had to have it. I made this up just before Christmas one morning when Michael took Little M to see his best mate.



This fabric is so hard to photograph! I made the size small, and used larger seam allowances (1.5cm instead of 1.25cm), so it is somewhere between the small and extra-small.

It sewed up beautifully. I must admit that I didn't use the instructions at all. Leith had made this up at Sewjourn before I did, so I learnt from the process by which she made hers. I love the bound hem - this gives an incredibly neat finish, but gosh you need a lot of bias binding!


Here is a close-up shot of the texture of the fabric.


I wore this yesterday to go on a movie date with Michael. We both love a bit of slapstick-potty humour so we saw Anchorman 2. Not as good as the first one, but still quite hilarious. This Eva was a perfect movie date dress - comfy yet stylish. I'm saving my Aquamarine Ripple version to wear to a very special day-trip to Adelaide with Anna next thursday - lots of fun photos for that to come!

P.S. - thank you to everyone who gave suggestions regarding Little M's sunscreen allergy. We have ordered some special cream from David Hosking's Pharmacy - he makes his own creams, of which we used his nappy rash cream (a pure miracle). I am going to try and get the Hamilton's sunscreen as yesterday she had some Banana Boat on and her poor little face flared. She has started scratching at it and I am worried it will become infected so hopefully the David Hosking cream will arrive quickly. xx

13 comments:

  1. Perfect dress for the upcoming "heatwave" in Melbourne :)

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    1. Thanks Neeno! It's pretty hot today isn't it!

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  2. Really, you look so great in everything you make!

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    1. Wow, thanks Faye! That is so nice.

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  3. I really like this dress, and it seems easy to sew (is it) but I wonder if the style would suit a bigger lass like myself? It seems like a really modern style.

    I also have no idea how to hem a dress/skirt with anything other than bias binding...any other way and it's so wonky! I need a hemming less I think...

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    1. Yep, I'd rate it as pretty easy. All comes together beautifully. Re: suiting shapes & sizes, we had quite a range of shapes, sizes and heights at Sewjourn & it looked good on everyone!

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  4. Fiona and I are looking forward to meeting you and Anna in person next week! That Eva dress looks gorgeous. I love the shape of it, but I don't tend to wear things that length, however I am seeing so many great versions of it I could just be persuaded. It looks so cool and summery.

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    1. Thanks Jane - we are very excited! The length is a tricky one - not quite maxi, not quite midi. It is very easy to wear though and very cool for hot days. See you next week!

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  5. Patterns and fabrics are constantly getting into my subconscious! Gorgeous dress and I love it paired with that (dinosaur designs?) necklace.

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    1. Thanks Kirsty. It is funny how that happens! The necklace is from Elk Accessories. They have so many nice things!

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  6. Oh, I love it! Especially paired with that necklace. You are making me want to try a Tessuti pattern.

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    1. Thanks Liza Jane! I do love the necklace. I reckon you'd rock one of Tessuti's patterns. Send me an email if you want to know anything else about them - rachel.king@uqconnect.edu.au

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  7. This looks lovely on you, plus perfect for heatwaves - another great meeting of fabric and pattern!

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