Wrap dresses are wildly popular for good reason-they are appropriate for any circumstance: work or play or dressy events depending on your fabric choice. They are appropriate for any age. The cross over neckline is flattering and add to this, there are no zips or buttons- which are potential stumbling blocks for a new sewist. Yet, a wrap dress has a significant and potential pitfall- staying closed. And it was this hazard that prevented me from making a wrap dress for years.
The allure of the wrap dress kept calling and I spent over a year pursuing the perfect woven wrap dress pattern. Wrap dress patterns generally are divided into two categories: knits- like the iconic Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress introduced in the 1970s- and wovens. There is a great round up of indie wrap dress patterns by Helen of Helen’s Closet here. This spring, I found (and was tempted) by a new faux wrap: the Madrid dress by Coffee and Thread.
I made a wearable toile in a sturdy Japanese cotton, a great work horse fabric that I purchased from Lakes Makerie. Super wrinkly resistant- not at all fluid or swishy- which is the typical wrap dress fabric choice.
The bodice of this dress has a full facing which gives the top great stability. I interfaced the facing for a smooth flat finish and to prevent the bodice edge from stretching.
This is my second go at this French pattern company, and as I stated before, you have to add seam allowances to the pattern pieces and the English instructions are extremely brief. Aside from these minor quibbles, I am pleased with the drafting and style. I made two changes to the pattern. The bodice facing is cleverly attached to the arm seam- which is genius if you are working with a fluid lightweight fabric. But this cotton is substantial, so I trimmed the facing as indicated below. I also drafted a back neck facing instead of using bias trim.
I only have sweet words for this lovely pattern with pretty pleats at the shoulder and excellent style. I can’t wait to make this up in a special swishy fabric!