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!

Knit Knowledge VPM

Sewing a wrap dress? Take a look inside this DVF dress.

Learning to Fit Patterns the Easy Way

This is how I sometimes feel about the whole subject of fit and the clothes we sew:

Fit. Can't even. The McCall Pattern Company blog

Do you ever feel that way too? We could probably spend loads of time and energy talking about fit and the challenges associated with fitting garments, but I know we all agree achieving a perfect fit is the way to looking good in the clothes we make.

That’s why we’re so excited to bring you these three new videos all about fit. In this Learn to Fit video series, Melissa Watson, McCall’s designer and certified sewing instructor, uses the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fit method to teach you how to successfully fit your patterns. I’ve watched these videos and I really like how simple Melissa makes tissue-fitting seem. She’s good! Here’s what others have said about the videos:

“They are brilliant, so useful.” verykerryberry
“These videos have changed everything for me.” littlegreenorchids
“Love these videos, [they’ve] just taken my sewing to another level.” juathompson  [quotes from McCall Pattern Company Instagram]

All three videos are here on the McCall Pattern Company YouTube channel. In this video below, Melissa demonstrates how to fit a dress pattern with princess seams. Watch, and let us know how you like this series. Thanks!

 

Wrap Dress Sewalong news: My co-host Lucinda just posted about sewing knits. Even if you aren’t participating in the sewalong, you’ll want to read her post. And I just uploaded photos of the inside of a DVF wrap dress to our Flickr group; check here.

I still haven’t cut out my sewalong fashion fabric, so don’t worry if you’re just joining us or haven’t started. My goal is to cut out and sew the dress by the end of the weekend. We’ll see how I do. How about you? How’s your wrap dress coming along?

 

Learn to fit the clothes you sew with this video series from Melissa Watson and McCall's

Wrap Dress Sewalong: FBAs & Another Fabric Discount

McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong: Meg's pattern and fabric How’s everyone coming with their wrap dresses?  My niece came over this Sunday for a muslin fitting of the wrap dress I’m making for her. The overall fit of the bodice is good, but I do need to lengthen the torso by an inch or so. (She has a long torso.) Knowing that, I’m ready to cut out the dress from the fashion fabric. I’m using Vogue Pattern V8379 with an ITY jersey knit I bought in the garment district (photo above). Speaking of fabric, Gorgeous Fabrics is offering a 10% discount on full-price knit fabrics through the end of March. Yay, we love fabric discounts! GF discount blog You’ve been asking about full-bust adjustments for wrap dresses. Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics just reposted on her blog an excellent FBA tutorial she wrote a few years ago for the Sewing Divas blog. And my co-host Lucinda of Sew Wrong volunteered to write a tutorial on small bust adjustments, so keep checking her blog for that. (I think from her Instagram feed that Lucinda has currently abandoned the snow banks of Boston for a sunny beach somewhere; can you blame her?!) One thing I’ve been pondering is how to handle the neck and bodice area, the part that forms the V wrap. I went to Century 21 at lunchtime last week and inspected the DVF wrap dresses on sale there: McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong This gray print DVF dress, above, has an attached band at the neckline. I like this treatment…. McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong This black DVF dress has a self facing that’s simply turned in. The facing is stabilized with fusible interfacing, and the edge of the facing is just turned a scant quarter-inch and stitched in place. I like this treatment too. The pattern I’m using has an attached facing, but it could be easily adapted for a self facing. I need to spend some time with the fabric before I lock into a neck/bodice finish. Decisions, decisions! Be sure and check out my co-host’s blog post this week. Ruqayyah talks about making a muslin and things like ease, and she has lots of helpful photos. Reminder to use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong and to join our Flickr group! Leave a comment here and let us know how you’re doing with your wrap dress.