Four dresses, 8 weeks and Wrapapalooza is officially a wrap! I made Very Easy Vogue 8646, StyleArc’s Tia, StyleArc’s Kate and Vogue/DVF 1549. First up, a table, since it appeals to the old Director of North American Sales in me.
Comparison of the four patterns
And below are my thoughts on each, upside and downside…
But it does run large
Easy to make, well drafted, very quick to sew. Options including sleeved and sleeveless make it good for all seasons. And it has different bodice pieces for different cup sizes!
Runs very large through the shoulders. I made a size 12 and it still is too wide at the shoulders. Go down a size, at least. The pattern uses the same bodice pieces for both the sleeved and sleeveless version, so make a bodice muslin to make sure you don’t get gapping at the armhole if you make the sleeveless.
Very well drafted, goes together quickly. Since it’s a mock-wrap there’s no danger of your skirt blowing up in the wind. The size runs true for me (AUS size 10) and the shoulders fit well without any adjustment.
It’s more casual than the others, and less fitted. Also, since it doesn’t have a long-sleeved version it is a warm-weather dress, at least in Boston.
Dog? Who you callin’ a dog?!
Very well drafted. Sews up like a dream, and goes together quickly. Good option for both casual and dressier versions (think ITY and silk jersey).
Because it doesn’t have a waistline seam, you might need to add a little length if you do a FBA.
This is SO comfortable, sexy and amazeballs
The classic. Beautifully drafted, the instructions are fantastic. The end result is gorgeous on everyone I’ve seen make it. And it is the original, cult-inspiring pattern. Ha! Suck it! Neener neener neener!
Oh, is that ungracious of me?
Holy crap, the price! My son is going to take out a student loan because Mommy had to have this pattern.
A couple of things to know about wrap dresses…
One, you need to pay attention to the fit at the shoulder to get great results. This is one design that absolutely requires the shoulders to fit well, or it just doesn’t work. It is a forgiving design overall, but get the sizing right and it is great.
Two, do an FBA. I’ve seen a lot of wrap dresses recently where the wearer sticks a camisole underneath. That’s not bad, but all it takes is a good FBA to make it so you don’t have to “cover up”. It’s supposed to be sexy. Sexy as in, undo the belt to get the whole thing to fall off (bra-catcher and snaps aside). Putting a camisole under it kind of defeats the purpose. So fit the bust, folks. You and your SO will be glad you did.
Other Wrap Dress Patterns that are Available
I haven’t sewn any of these, so I can’t give you my opinions of fit, but these are some other ones that you can easily find in stores or online:
New Look 6349 – I lied. I did make this one years ago. Beloved by many, runs huge.
Christine Jonson Wrap Dress Loved by everyone who makes it – this is one that seems to always need a camisole.
McCalls Palmer-Pletsch 6986 – Interesting waist treatment and batwing sleeves. PP patterns have great fitting instructions.
HotPatterns Sarine Knit Dress – Reminiscent of the Tia, with interesting waistline and shoulder gather details.
As you can tell, I just love wrap dresses. I can see traveling with a week’s worth of these. They are easy, comfortable and chic!
In Other News…
Today was the annual Burger Burn at MICAA, a high school marching band competition. The UMass bands (Amherst and Lowell) perform exhibitions for this, and the parents make lunches for the kids, which is great fun. We got to see DS the Elder and his friends, and the band sounded great. However, after helping cook about 500 hamburgers, I don’t need to eat any for the next 6 months or so.
Today was also the annual Halloween parade at the town just north of us. DS the Younger marched in that, but he gave us the okay to go do the Burger Burn (next year we’ll skip the Burger Burn and watch him lead the band as Senior Drum Major). I think everyone had a great time. Lord knows we’re all pretty tired.
Last up, a couple of parting shots
First, Halloween is Friday, so my bat earrings are getting their annual fly-about
Hmmm, that’s a bit far away
A little closer. I’ve had these for about 20 years and I still love them!
Next, Gratuitous Hoover Shots!
Yes! I am the dog whisperer!
I finished my McCalls top, so I’ll review that tomorrow. In the meantime,