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Posted on:3/7/14 4:54 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8646 by sewdc

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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
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Fabric:Rayon Poly Lycra Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
This is your basic wrap dress in either a sleeveless or 3/4 sleeve version. It's meant for wovens, but I've made it three times in knits.

I made it in a 14, a bit smaller than my usual bodice pattern size.

It makes up just like the picture. And instructions were easy to follow. It's described as "very easy Vogue" and it is.

I love the coverage of the skirt. I never feel that it will accidentally offer a peep show. I like the pleat in the shoulders, which creates room for the bust. And I like the fullness of the skirt - not too full, but flattering.

Like most wrap dresses, the biggest issue is the potential for a gaping neck. Each time I've made it, I've tried a new fix. The main thing is to stay stitch or add iron on tape IMMEDIATELY after you cut it out. And to handle the bodice as little as possible to avoid stretching that neckline. This past time, I actually did an adjustment, as per several online tutorials, taking in the neck by about half an inch, adding fullness in the side seam and adding an equal amount of dart in the back. In addition, I ACTUALLY FOLLOWED THE DIRECTIONS and used bias tape on the neck seam. This latest version of this dress is quite secure and there's no need for a cami under it.

When I was in LA, I saw the Diane von Furstenberg exhibit "100 Dresses" and spent more than an hour examining how she kept those necks from gaping. I think having models with size AA cup breasts helped a lot. Unfortunately, the curators didn't have much to suggest. Alas, they weren't sewists! But I'm pleased with my own solutions.

I used a fabulous knit from Mood LA. And of course completely forgot the fiber content. It's not wool, but handles like a wool jersey. Not too stretchy. Feels great on the body. I lucked out on those circles. I wasn't paying much attention to it when I cut it out and it could have been very, very bad.

I shortened the skirt quite a bit (I'm just under 5'2") though for proportions, I think I'd make the next one just a tad longer. The bodice is shortened by half an inch, plus the neck alteration. I might keep the neck alteration and make the bodice longer next time. I also shortened the sleeve an inch - my usual alteration.

It's a great way to use up knits! I'll make it again. Maybe even in a woven.
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Meomyart said...
Love this!
3/7/14 5:35 PM
style inspired said...
Love the print. Nice dress.
3/7/14 5:37 PM
Joan Morley said...
Wonderful dress and review!
3/7/14 8:28 PM
Sew Good said...
And it turned out very very good!
3/7/14 10:52 PM
karenjoyfesta said...
Went to the same show. You did a good job!
3/7/14 11:04 PM
SewLibra said...
You chose the perfect pattern for this stand-out fabric! It looks like a piece of modern art and the colors together are awesome.
3/8/14 0:43 AM
Danmar said...
Very professional looking and great match with fabric and pattern
3/8/14 8:01 AM
caper81 said...
I would have loved to see that Wrap Dress exhibit. Sounds like a very inspiring time! I had to laugh about your comment on not paying attention to the position of the circles. Glad they didn't end up being a problem for you. I agree that this print does look like a modern art piece! I'm sure it must look smashing on you (not just the dummy;)
3/8/14 8:04 AM
chenille said...
Wow - it's a stunner in this print. So nice that you could visit the DVF exhibit
3/8/14 11:45 AM
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