Wrap Dress Sewalong: Inside a DVF Wrap Dress

DVF wrap dress on sale at Neiman Marcus Last Call
DVF wrap dress on sale at Neiman Marcus Last Call

Let’s take an inside peek at a DVF wrap dress, shall we? I went to Century 21 on my lunch hour and snapped some photos of a DVF wrap dress that was on sale there and is the same as the wrap dress pictured above. (The great thing about Century 21 is that it’s basically a huge outlet store where you can examine pricey designer clothes without wasting the time of sales staff on commission. Add it to your NYC must-sees the next time you’re here.)

Check it out:

Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
The front edge is a self-facing that is simply folded to the inside.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
Here you can see the inside of the front self-facing. It is interfaced with very lightweight fusible interfacing. Barely perceptible, so watch that your fusible interfacing isn’t detectable from the right side. The edge of the facing is turned under just slightly and stitched in place.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
The back neck facing is fused with interfacing, turned under and stitched at the edge, and understitched at the seam to keep it from rolling out.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
The skirt front edge is a self-facing too, and treated the same way as the bodice facing. It is invisibly stitched in place at the edge to keep it neat and in place. The skirt hem is serged at the edge and then invisibly catch-stitched in place.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
The cuff at the sleeve is one pattern piece, folded in half.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
The inside of the cuff. Edge turned under, stitched, and then invisibly stitched in place.
Inside a DVF wrap dress. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong.
Here’s an inside view of the front bodice, where you can see how the self-facing is just folded inside.

We hope this inside peek at a DVF wrap dress helps! I know taking the time to look at this dress really helped me.

A couple of sewalongers mentioned they’d like some more tips for sewing knits. Here’s an article Sandra Betzina wrote in 2011 for Vogue Patterns Magazine; hope this helps!

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10 comments
  1. I also checked out the DVF wrap dresses at C21 in Brooklyn last weekend. I noticed that there is also gel tape (clear elastic) at the shoulder and waist seams.

    It’s very reassuring to know that all the techniques used in making one of these dresses are absolutely achievable by the home sewist.

  2. DVF wrap dresses seem to have shorter hems from what I remember. I had a vintage DVF wrap dress from the 1970s which I longer have (unfortunately!). Meg, do you think the contemporary DVF wrap dresses are shorter than their 1970s counterparts? Sleeves are three quarter length too…these dresses don’t look like they would keep you warm. It’s a good thing we can saw to lengthen hems and sleeves!

  3. I am finding this DVF inspired wrap dress sew along really interesting. I liked seeing different ways to finish the edges in the ready to wear example since I do not shop in RTW stores very often.

  4. Thanks for sharing, I found this information to be very informative, when I make my DVF inspired wrap dress.

  5. Meg, this was an extremely helpful post. The pics really helped relieve some stress I was having today when making my wrap top.

  6. This was fun to see, as I know most of my sewist pals do the same thing (hoping not to get caught by the staff). Also appreciate the link to the Betzina article. Knits bedevil me and knowing more about the structure and variations is useful. Thanks!

  7. Oh my I was hoping someone would post inside of her dress.I agree with Grace it is very achievable ..I will incorporate these techniques on my dress.

    Happy sewing everyone!

  8. This was very helpful.

  9. Thanks for the peek inside, Meg. I often visit department stores to get a idea of how RTW is sewn/finished. Thanks again.

  10. Thank you for the peek inside! I want to make an even better version of the wrap dress that I had made five years ago. Thank you, Meg.

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