Wrap Dress Sweatshop
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.