Pattern Review — KS 3408
Pattern Description: Misses [Wrap] Dresses
Pattern Sizing: XS-S-M-L-XL (I made the Small with some alterations)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes and no. I made some style changes, but the bones of the pattern are there.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were very concise and clear. A beginner would be able to follow them no problem.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKES: I loved the wrap design. The skirt is full without being too full (if you know what I mean).
DISLIKES: None! How ’bout them apples!
Fabric Used: A rayon-lycra blend that has a soft t-shirting quality from FabricMart Fabrics, one of their trendy knits. I love the print and the feel of the fabric, but ultimately, this fabric may not be the best suited to this dress as it is very stretchy. The fullness of the skirt gives a weight to the overall dress which, with a stretchy fabric, elongates the dress. It gives a sense of instability to the dress. That being said however, I still love this dress and think it’s definitely wearable. Just be sure to pick a more stable knit for this dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I lengthened the bodice by 1 inch at the shorten/lengthen line
- I used the cap sleeve pattern piece of S3678 instead of the 3/4 length or full sleeve from this pattern because I wanted a more springy/summery look to this dress. I altered the sleeve cap to fit this pattern’s armscye. The S3678 sleeve is self lined eliminating the need to hem it. By using the same sleeve cap as the KS3408 pattern, the resulting sleeve was a full short sleeve instead of the original cap sleeve shape of S3678. If I use this sleeve pattern piece again, I will experiment with using the original sleeve cap shape so that I can get a capped sleeve effect.
- I widened and lengthened the ties based on Lindsay T’s review. I like the width for sure, but the length was a little too long. Although to be fair, I didn’t make a bow with my ties, I only made a knot. But the way these ties are constructed means you can change the length easily, so I suggest making them as long as you can and then adjusting to your taste. You can always shorten, but you can’t lengthen once they’re cut.
- I used rolled hem edges a la Robin for the neckline and hem of the dress. Boy, did this speed up the sewing process. Not having to do facings? LOVE!!!! No finicky topstitching on a knit? DOUBLE LOVE!!! Three notes though: 1. If you use the hem on the skirt rather then adding a rolled hem edge, make sure you measure and know how long you like your skirts. If I had used the hem, I would have needed to add at least an inch if not 1.5 inches to the length. 2. Next time I use the rolled hem method for the neckline, I will interface the neckline edge first. 3. Please see my notes about the settings I used on my Brother 1034D serger for the rolled hem edge.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will sew this again! It’s the perfect wrap dress. I may make it as intended, with facings and topstitching, just to keep things fresh. I will definitely use a more stable knit. I definitely recommend it to beginning or advanced sewists. I think the dress is a great wardrobe staple.
Conclusion: Great wrap dress! If you can get this pattern off eBay or Etsy (it’s out of print), do! It’s worth the effort.