I’m friends with Gigi (who’s given up blogging, but is still sewing up a storm), and she’s made several versions of this dress. I love hers so much that it inspired me to make one of my own for Wrapapalooza.
Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – TIA KNIT WRAP DRESS: This is a designer wrap dress that is easy to make and easy to wear. Make it in stripe jersey for an eye popping look or choose a plain jersey for a more understated feel. The all in one sleeve and shaped front overlay gives this wrap dress a point of difference to this timeless style.
Minor correction: This is a mock wrap pullover dress.
Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10
Fabric Used: Abstract Zigs Rayon Jersey – Blues/Multi from Gorgeous Fabrics (natch)
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki home serger
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, ¼ inch elastic, thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Trim Your Knit Selvages Before Cutting Your Pattern, Anything from The Pressinatrix.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes, though the print makes it look like your eyeballs are vibrating!
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, and thanks to that I had a major “doh!” moment (more shortly). When I went back and looked at them, they were fine. Typical of StyleArc, they are pretty minimal, but the pattern is beautifully drafted and goes together well.
Construction Notes: The “doh” moment I mentioned? It happened because I wasn’t paying attention, so I ended up reversing the front overlay. The right side is supposed to wrap over the left. As I say I wasn’t paying attention, so I ended up reversing it. And of course I blithely serged my side seams before I realized my mistake. Sigh. Fortunately I caught it before joining the bodice to the skirt, so it was easy to take out the side seams and redo it.
Other than that, StyleArc recommends using ¼ inch clear elastic (or in their parlance, “jelly tape”) at the neckline. I had 3/8 inch clear elastic, and I didn’t feel like running to the store to find narrower elastic. I have a stash of ¼ inch white elastic, so I used that. I also didn’t bother to use StyleArc’s neckline elastic guides. Instead I just cut my elastic about an inch shorter than the overall neckline length and stretched it very slightly as I applied it.
I serged all the seams. StyleArc gives you the option of adding elastic to your waist seam, but this fabric really doesn’t need it, so I skipped that step. I used a very narrow zigzag stitch for all the hems.
Likes/Dislikes: This is an easy dress to make (as long as you pay attention to which bodice side goes over which) and it’s super comfortable to wear. Because it’s a mock-wrap it’s very secure to wear as well. I like the way the bodice is draped. It doesn’t sit too low, and I didn’t need to do a FBA. I don’t have any real dislikes. Here you can see it on Shelley:
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes! This is a great pattern that sews up super fast.
Conclusion: While this is a short-sleeved version, I will style it with a Jacket that I made 2 years ago and boots to wear it in winter.
So Wrapapalooza dress number two is done! I’m not sure which one is going to be my next
victim attempt – the Kate dress from StyleArc or the original DVF. I’ll decide that tomorrow.