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.

Fabric Discount for Sewalong; How a Sewalong Works

FabricMart discount for MPC sewalong

Looking for fabric for your wrap dress? Our friends at FabricMart have extended a various generous discount to anyone sewing in this sewalong: Take 30% off any full-priced knit order with coupon code WRAP30. Wow, that’s a big savings! (See image above for full details.)

Speaking of fabric for wrap dresses, check out my co-host ReDpants Design’s post today all about choosing the right fabric. Lots of good info here.

We are thrilled to have so many first-time sewalongers joining us. Several of you have asked for more details about how a sewalong works, so let me do some clarifying:

• Think of this sewalong as the modern equivalent of a quilting or sewing bee. Instead of us going over to each other’s houses to work on a quilt together, we’re sewing along together digitally. Sounds a little impersonal, but I actually met one of my closest sewing friends through an online sewalong.
• There is no official sign-up to participate in the types of sewalongs we host. It’s nice when you leave comments on the announcement blog post, saying you’re in, but you can participate completely anonymously if you’d like.
• We provide a schedule of target dates for the sewalong, but feel free to go as fast or as slow as you’d like. We will not remove any of the posts pertaining to the sewalong as long as this blog exists. So if you’re too busy to join us now, you can always revisit this at a more convenient date.
• Our Flickr group is a great place to post progress photos and seek opinions from your hosts and fellow sewalongers. If you’re not on Flickr yet, please think about joining, if only just to provide comments and help to others.
• Please use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong to tag your photos. If you’re using Twitter or Instagram, also tag us so we can find your photos more quickly. (Twitter is @mccallpatternco and Instagram is @mccallpatterncompany.)
• You can also use the blog comments to ask questions, which we’ll do our best to answer.

This weekend I cut out the muslin for my niece’s wrap dress. I want to make sure the bodice fits before I cut into the real fabric. I also cut out a muslin for the new Lisette Butterick moto jacket. I find that if I park my iPad on the cutting table and watch TV on it, the cutting-out part isn’t so tedious for me. Especially while binge-watching the new season of House of Cards…

Wrap Dress Sewalong: Try Before You Buy

McCall's Wrap Dress Sewalong: It's always a good idea to try a style on before you sew it. And it's an excuse to go shopping!

It’s week 2 of our wrap dress sewalong, and we’re thrilled so many of you have said you’re joining us. If you’re just finding out about this, don’t worry because the construction schedule is nice and long. (And if it’s too long for you more advanced sewers, then just zoom ahead and help out the newbies when you can.)

Me, I’ve picked out my pattern (Vogue Pattern V8379) though I haven’t bought fabric yet. But I have done what I consider an important step before you sew a new design you might not have worn before: Head to the store and try on something similar in RTW.

DVF New Julian Two dress available at Bloomingdale's
DVF New Julian Two dress available at Bloomingdale’s

That’s what I did two Saturdays ago with my niece Konstance, who’s pictured above. I’m actually making this wrap dress for her. She just got her MA in writing and is interviewing for jobs. So I thought she might like to have a classic wrap dress in her wardrobe, and she agreed to be my model and let me plaster her cute self all over our social media.

I made Konstance try on several DVF wrap dresses at Bloomingdale’s, and we agreed this actually was a good dress shape for her. This is the “New Julian Two Mini” DVF wrap dress she has on here. Other than having a long torso that I may need to make adjustments for, fitting Kon should be pretty straightforward. (Phew! You know I hate dealing with fit.)

So, if you haven’t worn a wrap dress before, see if you can try one on first and make sure you like the look on you. Chances are good that you will, because it’s a flattering shape for most, but I always believe in better safe than sorry when it comes to investing time and money in sewing.


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Flickr group: Post your progress photos here. Feel free to ask questions, seek opinions, share your knowledge. Everyone is welcome to comment and offer advice. In fact, it would be much appreciated if you did jump in here to offer comments.

Hashtag: Use #wrapdresssewalong to tag your stuff on Twitter and Instagram.

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Next week my co-host Ruqayyah will talk about one of her favorite topics: fabric! She’s made wrap dresses before and knows what kinds of fabrics work best. I’ll link to her post here. Until then!