Pattern Description: Close-fitting, mid-knee length, wrap dresses A, B have front pleats, back darts and flared skirt. B: three-quarter length sleeves with elbow dart and stitched hem. Purchased belt. Separate pattern pieces provided for A, B, C, D cup sizes. I made view B.
Sizing: 6-22, with different bodices for A, B, C, and D cups. I ended up making the 14 with the C-Cup.
Fabric Used: An absolutely beautiful, but sold-out now, jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: 75/11 Stretch needle. Gutterman thread in the sewing machine, poly cone thread in the serger. Small hook for the closure. Other than that, nothing.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.
How were the instructions? They were okay. I did some things differently, so I didn’t really use them.
Construction Notes: First thing to note is that this pattern is beautifully drafted. Can I tell you how much I love the different cup sizes??? Love. Them!
That said, check the bodice measurements of the different pattern pieces against your own measurements. Even though my bra size is a D-cup, the C-cup measurements fit me better. I made a muslin and sure enough, C was the right size.
Did I tell you I LOVE the different cup sizes?
The instructions would have you use bias tape to finish the neckline and (if you are going sleeveless) the armholes. Why, Vogue? Why??? You make this beautiful pattern. You do wonderful things with the fit. And then you tell folks to use bias tape? Store-bought bias tape? No, no, no. Listen friends. This is a fabulous pattern. Just ignore that little part in the instructions. Instead, do what I, and every RTW manufacturer does. Simply make a 5/8 inch hem on the neck and armhole. It will look so much better.
Also, Vogue tells you to use ribbon for the wrap ties on the inside of the dress. I made thin self-fabric tubes instead. They work great and I like the look better.
Likes/Dislikes: Other than the bias tape thing, I love it! I really love the pleat at the shoulder. It releases just right so you get good coverage of the bust.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I will definitely use this as a go-to pattern. To answer some questions about the wrap, it’s not as low-cut as many wrap dresses I’ve tried on (including some DVF dresses). It sits higher and covers more. I think that is thanks in part to the shoulder pleat. You still need to arrange the skirt properly when you sit, but that’s a standard hazard of wrap dresses.
Conclusion: A great pattern! Here’s a picture of it unstyled on Shelley:
I’ll try to style it better tomorrow. In the meantime, happy sewing!