Wrap dress

I have been following quite a few Youtubers and almost all of them love their wrap dresses… gotta say, while I’ve never actually worn a wrap dress and never had an interest in buying a wrap dress (much less buy ing a wrap dress pattern), I was quite charmed by their ultra feminine wrap dresses, so I just had to give it a try!  It felt vaguely bath robe-like, maybe because the hem rests along my knees and the sleeves were quite billowy.  But I decided to reduce the sleeve circumference and I’m so much happier with it.  I can’t do very much to the length of the dress without ripping out a ton of seams (I had already hemmed and sewed the front overlay).  This surprisingly required a lot of changes… maybe it’s because I thought it was going to be a real wrap dress where I could just wrap it tighter around me and let the belt tie do the work.  Nope, it’s gotta fit just right at the waist.  I also didn’t enjoy how the waist casing just sort-of flops around and isn’t anchored to the garment fabric.  It definitely looks neater this way (to not have the stitching shown through on the garment), but I can see how the waist seam allowance might rest upwards in some spots and then downwards in others.  Either way, it’s a lovely dress.  I’m not sure if I’ll make it again, but I learned a few things!

Pattern: Simplicity 8608 (View B)

Supplies:

  • Polyester fabric
  • Black Gutermann thread
  • 1/4″ elastic

Modifications:

  • Forward rotating shoulder adjustment (moved the shoulder seam 1/2″ forward)
  • High waist adjustment (took 2″ off the two bodice pieces)
  • Narrow shoulder adjustment (took 1/2″ off back bodice and eyeballed the front bodice)
  • Sloping shoulder adjustment by 1/2″
  • Reduced the very wide sleeves by 2″

What I Found Helpful:

  • I’d just recommend trying it on at every stage.  The pattern adds quite a lot of ease, so the next time I make this, I will reduce the waist and hip a little bit.
  • Make sure to check the length of the skirt before finishing the hem of the front overlay.  Otherwise you’ll need to redo the hem finish on the front overlay and unstitch a part of the waist seam
  • Watch a Youtube video on making a thread belt loop (since the instructions don’t mention this, which I found to be quite odd)
  • Try a rolled hem foot if your fabric is lightweight!

Mini Sewing Victory:

  • First wrap dress!
  • Made a thread belt loop

Music:

I sewed this dress up while listening to some Sufjan Stevens, particularly this beautiful song he performed at the Oscars Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love.  Such a lovely song.  One of the other things I love besides sewing is listening to music.  I’ll just drop whatever it is for a coupe of hours to listen to music and do nothing else. Thankfully, sewing is something that pairs wonderfully with music… so I can just be in my little happy place with the two things I love–music + sewing. 🙂

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