Wrapapalooza Week 1 Pattern Review: Vogue 8646

The first dress is a wrap! Ooo, yeah, my bad. But one week of September has flown by, and I managed to get my first of possibly four wrap dresses done. Voila, Very Easy Vogue 8486


Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESS: 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.

Sizing: 6-22, with bodice variations for A, B, C and D cups. I made a 12 with a D cup.

Fabric Used: Circle Print ITY jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (sold out, sorry)

Machines and Tools Used: Home Juki serger, Pfaff 2130 (It’s back from the shop – YAY!!!!). Ham, shoulder stand, sleeveboard and of course, Naomi the Naomoto and my ironing board. The Pressinatrix must be appeased, don’t you know.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Thread. That’s it.

Tips Used during Construction: There are No Hard and Fast Rules in Sewing…, Anything by The Pressinatrix, Tips and Tricks for Sewing with Knits.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Vogue, Vogue, Vogue. I love you dearly, but… Can we please at least approach the 21st century? What is with the continued use of bias tape to finish the edges of knits? It’s not like sewing machines can’t handle sewing knits. It’s not like there aren’t oodles of videos and Tutorials on the Internet for better ways to finish edges. Let’s make a deal – you take that file from 1972 that contains the instructions for finishing necklines with purchased bias tape, and I (and the rest of the interwebs) will stop lambasting you for it. Deal?

Other than that they were fine.

Construction Notes: I used a narrow hem to finish all the edges except the sleeves, which I just finished with the hem treatment suggested in the instructions (2 inch hem with ¼ inch turned under). I do find that, when I tried on the dress, there is a bit of gaposis at the shoulders. It’s not a forward-shoulder alteration. It needs some fabric taken out evenly from the front and back at the shoulder/neckline intersection point.

Likes/Dislikes: Dislikes – Well, there’s the whole bias tape thing. Also, the armhole on this is LOW. I am really glad I didn’t make it sleeveless. I was tempted, but some pretty amazing storms blew through while I was working on this dress, and they ushered in beautiful fall-like weather so I opted to make the sleeved version. I’m glad I did. If you make the sleeveless version (or the sleeved, for that matter) I’d make a muslin of the bodice and check the armhole before you sew.

What I like? The shape. This is a very pretty silhouette. The neckline fix is easy to do and I’ll do that tomorrow. I also like the fact that this wrap sits reasonably high and doesn’t show a lot of cleavage. I’m going to sew a bra-catcher so I can wear it without ever worrying about gaping when I bend over. More on that later. I like the shoulder pleat detail:

I also just like the lines of this pattern. It’s quite flattering to a number of different figures. Here are pictures of it on Shelley. Please note that she doesn’t fill it out like I do. I stuffed a bra to try to approximate me a little better, but I’m not as skinny as she is. I’ll try to get a picture on me at some point.

The sleeves are the same length, I just didn’t set it on the shoulders correctly and I’m too tired to go upstairs and retake the picture.

Pretty good pattern matching, if I do say!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I might, though I have 3 others in the queue to make first. I recommend it, with the caveats mentioned about the armhole and the hem and neckline finishing.

Conclusion: A good dress with nice lines. And it goes together quickly.

Happy Wrapapalooza!

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8 thoughts on “Wrapapalooza Week 1 Pattern Review: Vogue 8646”

  1. Nice wrap dress (it’s Vogue 8646 though). I also don’t know why the Big4 continue to push packaged bias tape. It’s so Becky-home-ecky. I bought some recently for a home-dec project and wasted my money because I will never use it. It is so bad now, I don’t see any use for it. It’s stiff, and polyester in a bad way. Self bias – or turn and coverstitch – is what I do.

  2. Great-looking fabric/dress and write-up. However, the key with wrap dresses is the wearing — please let us know how this works when worn. My big fear with wrap dresses is that it might not stay “wrapped,” and this is why I’ve invested in a couple of faux wrap patterns — for the look and the coverage.

    1. Reporting back after a couple of wearings, Andrea. This dress and the StyleArc Kate both stay snug and closed. I wore this to give a talk at the Boston ASG and it was comfortable as all get out. I wore the StyleArc Kate yesterday and when I went on a trip earlier this month and it, too was comfortable and secure. I didn’t have to fuss with either of them. I’ll let you know about the other two as soon as I wear them.

  3. Hi, I haven’t sewn a garment yet, but I enjoy your blog! I have a newbie question, what is a bra catcher? I have quite a few wrap type tops and dresses and that gapsosis is the bane of my existence. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  4. Ann, the dress is very pretty. Wrap dresses are one of my favorites and I need to restock my wardrobe with a few. Thank you so much for doing the wrap dress series.

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