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Brond

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Date: 10/10/09 7:31 AM

I love jersey and I love wrap dresses - but will they suit me? I'm medium height (5'6'') but slight and straight up and down (33-30-35). The question is - do we slim girls look good in wrap dresses? Due to my high waist I've had bad experience with bought wrap dresses - they tend to blouse open at the top as there's nothing there for them to wrap over!
So I thought I'd make my own so I could tweak the pattern. But I just have in the back of my mind that they suit the more buxom... Do you have a view? And any tips - like a wrap with a collar to distract from the lack of form in the top half of the dress? Or with gathers falling from the shoulders to give more body on top?
I would appreciate your thoughts, and especially responses from bean-pole shaped people like me with pattern recommendations!
Thanks

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Date: 10/10/09 9:47 AM

I was a beanpole the first time around, with the original Diane von Furstenburg dresses. They were wonderful, sophisticated, luscious, and I totally couldn't wear them. I was, however, long waisted. I generally looked gawky in them. I think they might be better suited to your shorter waist.

Why not try a couple of wrap tops? Butterick 5386 has a short or long sleeved wrap top that you might try. You could also experiment with moving the wrap atttachment on the side seam up. I plan to try that.

I just finished my first attempt at a wrap top for my older, less streamlined frame. The results are hard to read because the fabric turned out to have very poor recovery and it was a bit too stretchy to start with. I like the look of wrap tops so I am going to try again. Have you looked at reviews here for wrap tops/dresses? Some of the patterns have been reviewed a zillion times and you might get some ideas from the photos. But don't give up without trying wraps.

Someone referred me to the $2.97/yard area at G Street for knits, so I have been buying up knits with reckless abandon and trying them out. They are so quick to sew up, they are ideal for experimenting.

Have fun/good luck!
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Date: 10/10/09 9:50 AM

I'll have to learn how to edit. What I wanted to add was that Butterick 5386 has a collar on the wrap.

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Date: 10/10/09 9:56 AM

Wrap dresses aren't flattering on everyone, they're not flattering on me, and they might not be flattering on you. I don't think a woman necessarily needs a full bust to a wrap dress -- many slim, small busted women look terrific in this style.

But since you say you're short waisted like I am, this style probly isn't right for you. You could probably tweak a pattern so it fits and won't gape. But since a wrap dress draws attention to the waist, it isn't flattering for a shortwaisted woman. You time would be better spent sewing clothes that highlight the many good points of your enviably slim figure.

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Date: 10/10/09 2:36 PM

Nancy has a good point about about the shortwaisted issue. I personally liked Simplicity 4074, a "wrap" on the top, but princess seamed from the waist down. I omit ties because I hate drawing attention to my waist because of being shortwaisted as well as not have a tiny waist too. I'm more of a rectangle than an hourglass. I thought that particular pattern was a nice compromise.

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Date: 10/10/09 3:40 PM

Wrap dresses are really finicky, they don't work for me, and what bums me out about them is that they seem to have always been marketed as the univerally-flattering dress, and they just do look so great on the right person, instantly you can look tony and effortlessly chic.

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Date: 10/10/09 10:01 PM

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Date: 10/10/09 10:03 PM

I am flat-chested and after learning to alter the bodice to eliminate the terrible gaping that kept me from ever wearing a RTW wrap dress I have become a big fan.

I have a high waist (is this the same thing as being short-waisted? I generally have a long torso, proportionally speaking, but my waist is high up) and I find wrap patterns, which tend to have a high waist as well, are very flattering.

However, I do have a waist to some degree and also large hips, so that might be a key difference.

For me, the key alteration is shortening the length of the wrap on the long, diagonal front edge. Here is the alteration I did to Vogue 8379--there is no gape when I wear this dress.



Depending on the pattern--especially if it is more of an empire line--you may need to both shorten it and narrow the bust as below for Simplicity 3775 (which is a mock wrap/surplice, not a true wrap dress):

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Date: 10/11/09 3:15 AM

Brond, There is a mock wrap dress that has been a favourite of many people from a few years back, the New Look 'surplice' dress 6429. It has been reviewed a lot and may suit you, giving the illusion of curves
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It suited my up and down body but I never got around to reviewing it. I am pretty sure it is still in print.

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Date: 10/11/09 11:11 AM

Vogue 7828 has a pretty neckline that would lengthen the upper body. Just this morning I was looking at wrap tops that would suit my small busted self. With a small bust I feel like there needs to be some pleat interest somewhere. My shoulders are narrow relative to my hips and I appear shortwaisted due to long legs so I was looking for tops that extend upwards in the neckline.

Kwiksew 3474 has two collar options. Try to think past the hideous white version that looks like a lab coat! Look at the pdf for another view. KwikSew is famous for sewing up clunkers for their photo shoots but the patterns are well drafted useful basics with good instructions.

I like Vogue 7876 too but there isn't much going on at the neckline.

Anna Sui's design, Vogue 2850 is so pretty with that classic cape flounce. I love this look.

All of these are for wovens since that is what I was looking for. You could look at some of the patterns for wrap tops for knits. I'm suggesting tops rather than dresses because a top would be a quick way to try wearing the wrap look.

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