Wrapapalooza continues! This week’s wrap dress is one of the first StyleArc patterns I ever bought, the Kate Dress.
Pattern Description: (From StyleArc’s website) Fabulous versatile wrap dress – easy to wear, great for any occasion. Try it Royal Blue for that special occasion. Or in pattern to imitate Kate’s Australian wardrobe item.
This is the knockoff of the Issa Dress that Catherine Middleton wore when her engagement to William was first announced.
Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10.
Fabric Used: Sssssssslinky Mama Jersey in Greens/Black from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). I have to gush for just a second here.
This has been one of the best selling fabrics on Gorgeous Fabrics since I introduced it. I’ve gotten more than a dozen emails from customers who rave about what a great fabric it is: easy to sew, takes a press beautifully, drapes without clinging… the list goes on and on. Well, I believed them, of course, and I was always happy to hear from happy customers. But then I pulled some for this dress and, WOW! They weren’t kidding. This is possibly the best knit I have ever sewn with, and that is saying something!
Okay, end gush. Thanks.
Machines and Tools Used: Juki home serger for the seams, Pfaff 2130 for the hems. Naomoto iron, and this fabulous shoulder stand for pressing:
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needles, ¼ inch elastic, scraps of fusible interfacing, thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? Eh. The dress is beautifully drafted, so it goes together readily. The instructions are rather thin. But if you have any knowledge of sewing, this is an easy dress to make.
Construction Notes: There were two omissions on my pattern. The front notch on the sleeve and the corresponding notch on the left front armscye were missing. I put them in using the right front armscye as the guide. As I mentioned earlier, I bought this pattern when it first came out so I sent an email to Chloe asking if that has been fixed. I’ll let you know when I hear back from her.
The pattern recommends using tearaway vilene to stabilize the neckline. It also suggests optionally using elastic cut to the length of the neckline as a stay. Instead, I decided to cut the elastic to the length of the neckline stays and skip the vilene entirely. That worked really well for me. It snugs the neckline just a bit and keeps it from stretching.
I serged all the seams, and I used tiny, invisible stitches to overcast the opening in the side seam for the sash.
Likes/Dislikes: I. Love. This. Dress! It goes together beautifully, and the sash keeps it in place. It’s not too low cut on me and it is really comfortable to wear. The fabric, as mentioned above, is wonderful and it hides a multitude of sins. I like the pleating details on the sleeve and the waistline:
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Absolutely and Yes! I can see making several of these for different occasions. This is a very flattering dress. I’ll try to get a picture of it on me next week. Meanwhile, here it is on Shelley
Conclusion: Love love love! I’m going to bring this with me when I go out of town next week. More on that later!