I’m very late to the wrap dress game, but I’m so glad I finally jumped on board!
The pattern I used is Vogue 8379. I had this pattern on my list of “to buy” patterns for months, but every time the Vogues went on sale, it was sold out. Then finally one night I got lucky and found a slightly crumpled copy shoved into the back of the drawer.
The fabric is an ITY knit that I ordered on sale from FabricMart. Its got a nice fluid drape, is opaque and feels slightly spongy and not too polyester-y, like some ITY knits do. I think its going to hold up well. (Though I’ve only worn it about 3 times, so it’s probably too soon to predict.)
When I initially sewed this up, I followed the pattern and added the front bodice facings. That was a mistake. (I should have listened to the reviews of this pattern that mentioned omitting the facings. I am stubborn though and thought I could make it work, ha.) No matter what I did those facings wanted to roll to the outside. ;(
I knew I wouldn’t be happy with the dress if I left it like that. So I recut the front bodice pieces and sewed it up again without facings. I just folded under the 5/8″ seam allowance and stitched them down. Here’s what front looks like from the outside:
This worked great, and the front of the bodice is nice and snug and doesn’t gape. Has anyone had success with facings on a knit dress like this? I’m just curious.
The other trouble I encountered was sewing the opening for the tie. I constructed the dress on my serger, which was super fast. But the inside around the opening isn’t finished very elegantly. Oh well, it’s not visible from the outside.
I had a hard time getting a decent flat picture of this one. Here it is looking more like an old bathrobe than a dress.
As far as fit alterations, all I did was a forward shoulder adjustment. On the sleeves, I left off the cuffs and just hemmed them with a single row of stitching.
This dress is so easy to wear, I think I need 5 more! Plus, I like the slight swish factor.