All Wrapped Up

Today I dashed outside before I missed the two minutes of sunshine and managed to photograph a few of my makes. It was bloody freezing out there so I had to work quick! I thought I’d show you my wrap dress I made in November (I think?). It’s taken me what feels like forever to finally get round to photographing this dress, between the crazy run up to Christmas and the bad weather I really struggled.

I love wrap dresses, I think they look beautiful, they can be so flattering, but only if you get the fit right. Now this is where I have a problem, I’ve come to realise that I’m quite short from shoulder to chest and have a large bust, because of this I find it hard to buy a wrap dress. I had a thought when shopping one day “I can make that!” So that’s what I did.

I chose the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress as a few sewing friends had made and recommended it. I’ve got to be honest and say I’m not sure I would buy a pattern from here again. The pattern shows two sleeve and skirt length options but these are not marked on the pattern, the instructions are straight forward but I would say on the minimalist side, it doesn’t give you any fabric recommendation other than “Jersey” so I was a little bit nervous as to whether the fabric I chose would be too stretchy. I think the pattern is better suited to people who have attended the associated class (run at the Sew Over It shops) or have more experience in dress making. The dress did come together quite quickly but I did struggle with the fit. The pattern explained that there was not much ease and would be quite fitted so I was half expecting the Size 12 that I was making not to fit. Boy was I wrong!

While I was making the dress I kept trying it on ( as you do) to check it was fitting ok and it all seemed fine. Once the dress was finished and I tried it on I realised it wasn’t wearable. I had excess fabric across the chest so even if I over wrapped the dress still gaped. I was so disappointed. After a pep talk from my mum I decided to take the dress along to our next sewing club meet up and see what the gang thought before taking my trusty seam ripper to it. I’m so glad I did as Rachel had the great idea of gathering at the shoulders to fix the problem. Amazing! It took me all of 2 minutes to do and the dress was saved.

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As you can see the dress is definitely wearable although I do still have to over wrap it a little and I have to wear a vest underneath too.

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I am pleased with the length of the dress but half wish I had made the sleeves 3 quarter length, I still might.

I guess overall this dress turned out ok but I’m not really sure how much I will wear it. It was a good lesson for me though. I now know just how much I hate facings, they really get on my nerves, I much prefer binding to finish. I also learnt that as longer as I fit the standard pattern measurements I am fine but still have A LOT to learn about fitting. I guess it will come, slowly, with experience, well I hope so anyway.

Now I know I said I wouldn’t buy another Sew Over It pattern but I am glad I bought this one. It has shown me a little more about my sewing style and what pattern brands fit me best. We have to realise that we are all different and like ready to wear clothes some patterns suit some body types better than others.

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