However, this being my first wrap dress I’m not totally convinced these are the universal dress every fashion editor makes them out to be. This one is extremely hugging at every bump and curve. It tends to droop, so I’m constantly futzing with it. I tied it rather tight at work and it felt a bit restraining. The fabric was very soft and it did feel like wearing pajamas which isn’t a bad thing. I don’t know I’ll need to wear it a few times to see if I want to make another one or maybe try a different knit that isn’t so body conscious. Do you like wrap dresses? Any suggestions? See more of the pattern review and alterations.
One of the editors at work wears a blue wrap dress that always looks great. And, another editor bought this very same fabric and made a cute skirt. I’ve been wanting to sew this dress for a long long time. And, finally, rather spontaneously I whipped it up on a Saturday night. This pattern actually has directions as a reversible dress, not a lining but a reversible side. I didn’t make this reversible just a regular wrap dress and this is indeed a traditional wrap dress. No zippers, no mocking here, just a traditional wrap. It has no facings I just turned down all the edges, and stitched, even the neck. It’s unusual for me not to put in facings.
I did reinforce the shoulder seams, but I’m thinking the neck line may have to be reinforced at some point. Or maybe on the next rendition. Oh and yes, I did add a bit to the neckline, it was incredibly low.
Nancy Zieman’s knit patterns have a shoulder length of 3 inches. Vogue is 4 inches for a size 8. I did move the sleeve/shoulder marking up by an inch and then tapered to 5/8 on the armsyce and it made a bit of improvement as you can see here.
Next time I’ll make a small shoulder adjustment. In doing so I believe I’ll eliminate the droopy shoulder seen here: Plus, maybe a forward shoulder adjustment too.
So, there it is, a nice late summer wrap dress.