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Wrap Dress Sweatshop

2012 September 19
by elizabeth_admin

I feel like a one-woman wrap dress sweatshop.  I finished my fourth version of B5454 last night.  Just in time to wear to the mommies’ class coffee this morning for Jack’s school.  I love this version.  The print is so me:  it’s purple (natch!) and a little Japanese-y.  I think I bought it Elliott Berman within the last two years.  The quality of the knit is superior.  It doesn’t roll up at the edges and is slightly beefy making it really easy to cut and sew.  A real treat to work with.

For this iteration, I changed the shoulder pleats into gathers.  I love it!!!  The gathers look so elegant compared to my poorly drafted and sad-looking pleats.  There was a little learning curve though to changing the pleats into gathers.  I had no idea what the measurement ratio was for gathering or where to mark the start of the gathers.  I just assumed I would start and end with the first and third pleat edges.  But peeps, 7 inches of knit fabric cannot be reduced to 2.5 inches.  I’m here to tell you that little fact.  I had to resew my gathering stitch lines far longer to get the shoulder seam of the front bodice to match up with the back bodice piece.  Look how pretty the gathers are though!




I love love love this dress.  It’s definitely a TNT now and I could see making a few more, but I want to make something different next.  My dad has a birthday coming up and keeps hinting that he wants a SEWN garment.  I think I will make him some pajama pants.  I found some great flannel fabric at Yardage Town yesterday and a Simplicity pattern, S5271, that would be perfect for him.  My mom even suggested to make some matching pants for Jack too.  What a great idea!  I might have to buy some more flannel.  Also, Jack has been pretty disappointed at all my selfish sewing lately, so I guess I should make something for him too.



P.S.  Thank you for all the wonderful comments on my second border print dress.  Not only did I wear it that day, but I received TWO(!) unsolicitations on it that morning.  I’m pretty stoked.

25 Responses leave one →
  1. Shams permalink
    September 19, 2012

    This latest dress looks great! You have perfected it.

  2. September 19, 2012

    Agreed! This is my favourite-st version of your wrap dresses thus far 🙂

  3. September 19, 2012

    I think this is my favorite version so far! Love the gathers – so elegant and pretty!

  4. September 19, 2012

    Wow! You almost have enough of these for a Monday- Friday wear. Loving the pleats at the shoulder line and the color/print of this version. Re – the flannel for the pjs make sure you wash it on hot and dry on very hot several times because flannel shrinks ALOT! Good luck with your next project!

  5. September 19, 2012

    Fantastic dress, really like the gathers, nice touch.

  6. September 19, 2012

    This looks great! I love the purple.

  7. September 19, 2012

    I LOVE this (and all the previous versions) of the wrap dress. It’s amazing how fast you can turn these out now that the pattern alteration is done. Did you add any more to the front of the wrap – it looks like you have a little more coverage with this version. Anyway, congrats on the lovely dress, I’m very inspired to chop an FBA in to one of my wrap dress patterns.

  8. September 19, 2012

    Oh, man, that dress is great!

  9. September 19, 2012

    What a lovely dress! The gathers at the shoulder are *just right*, and the color is very flattering to you. Looks great!

  10. September 20, 2012

    Great dress. Love your choice of fabric – and yes – the gathers are very chic looking. Very nice indeed.

  11. September 20, 2012

    Oh I really like the gathers. I bought this fabric too – in fact you were there at the time, it was indeed Elliott Berman and I made a wrap dress too. I like the skirt on yours better though, mine is a bit too circle-y, I wonder if I can adjust it so we can be twins!

  12. September 20, 2012

    That wrap dress is worthy of as many iterations as you can manage to sew.
    But, the family sewing is important too. I am starting to think of myself as the family dressmaker. They do appreciate it and the suffering ends as soon as you give it away 🙂
    I hope the flannel isn’t too hot. I got that feedback from a giftee once.

    very cute print

  13. Judi permalink
    September 20, 2012

    Yes it is beautiful. I still like the border print one the best!!! 🙂

  14. September 20, 2012

    Beautiful dress! Good luck at the class coffee. Those things are treacherous.

  15. September 20, 2012

    Every time you make one, I pull out my own copy of this pattern and start to think and plan. Did you do something different to the bodice or neckline? It seems to close much better than even no 3. Or is it the fabric? Love the fabric, regardless, very cute!

  16. VictoriaR permalink
    September 20, 2012

    This is my favorite, but that might be because I love purple, as well. I have the pajama pattern and have made it twice. The second time my 12 yo daughter made the pants and I made the top. It is a great pattern for a basic pajama.

  17. September 20, 2012

    OOh! The gathers ARE nice! I think this is my favorite version so far.

  18. stacey permalink
    September 20, 2012

    You are so pretty and beautiful in the dress you have inspired me to buy the pattern and make this dress! Beautiful!

  19. September 21, 2012

    That looks great on you! The gathers are a genius idea, nice work.

  20. September 21, 2012

    This is fabulous, I love the gathers , what a lovely print on you

  21. September 22, 2012

    This is gorgeous. Purple fabric and pretty gathers at the shoulder? Love it!

  22. September 25, 2012

    Love it! The purple is a great color on you and I like the gather variation. I did that on my wrap dress as well.

  23. September 29, 2012

    I think you’ve perfected the wrap dress.

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