Announcing Our Next Sewalong: The Wrap Dress!

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong

Are you ready for a sewalong, because we are! You gave a thumbs up when we posed the idea of a wrap dress sewalong, and frankly, we were hoping you’d go for something a little less complex after the Ralph Rucci V1419 sewalong. So a wrap dress sewalong it is!

Joining me as co-hosts for this sewalong are sewing bloggers Lucinda Campbell (who actually was the one who first suggested we do a wrap dress sewalong) and Ruqayyah Davis. Here’s a little bit about them, in case you haven’t met them yet:

Lucinda Campbell of Sew Wrong:

“I’m all about comfort mixed with style—there’s nothing worse than dealing with Lucinda of Sew Wrong, co-host for the McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalongfussy clothes all day long. This is why I gravitate toward easy-to-wear separates, dresses, and knit fabrics—knit dresses are like secret PJs! I recently developed a love of the tailoring process, and enjoy learning new techniques to challenge my sewing skills and push me to the next level with my garments.”

Ruqayyah Davis of ReDpants Designs:Ruqayyah of ReDpants Design and co-host of the McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong

“My style of sewing is from the inside out. Before starting a project, I decide on my seam and hem techniques. As a buyer in the fashion industry for over 15 years, I use ready-to-wear garments as a template for sewing stylish apparel that exceeds the construction available in the marketplace. I am addicted to fabric and it is usually 99% of the inspiration in my garment construction planning.”

This sewalong comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that started it all. And of course you know we brought you the original DVF wrap dress pattern when it was created for Vogue Patterns in 1976. (Can you believe these vintage patterns can go for over $200 now on Etsy and eBay?!) So this sewalong is all about making a DVF-inspired type of wrap dress: made out of lightweight jersey fabric with a close-to-the-body fit. Mock wrap dresses are acceptable patterns to work with.

Here’s a loose schedule for the sewalong:

2/16: Announce sewalong
2/23: Try before you buy: Do wrap dresses work for you? Social media: hashtags, Flickr, Facebook, badges for blogs
3/2: Choosing your fabric. Cutting and working with slippery/rolling fabrics like ITY, silk jerseys, etc.
3/9: Making a muslin if necessary; how much ease do you want?
3/16: Sewing and working with knits. Finishing seams with and without a serger
3/23: Sewing the neckline area and preventing gaping
3/30: Making the sleeves; hemming the skirt; finishing up
4/6: The Big Reveal!

Remember, sewalongs are really go-at-your-own pace things. We know that life often gets in the way of best intentions. If you can’t hit these date, don’t worry about it. We’ll leave these sewalong posts up and you can always refer to them later.

Patterns: At last count we had 13 knit wrap dress patterns between McCall’s, Butterick, Kwik Sew, and Vogue Patterns, so you have plenty of options. You are welcome to use a pattern from your stash, but if you want to share it on the social media that will be part of this sewalong, we ask that you use one of our patterns. Here’s a Pinterest board with our wrap dress patterns and some RTW wrap dress inspiration:

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Wrap Dress Patterns on Pinterest.

We’re so excited about this sewalong! Will you be joining us this time? Leave a comment here and let us know!


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About That Iconic Wrap Dress Pattern

1976 Vogue Patterns catalog featuring the iconic DVF wrap dress pattern that is so coveted today. From the McCall Pattern Company archives.

“When will you please re-issue the DVF wrap dress pattern?!”

Just about every time I post anything related to our vintage patterns someone will chime in with this question. Sigh. I love and covet this pattern just as much as you do. But here’s the reason why re-issuing DVF’s pattern, or other vintage designer patterns, is complicated and not likely to happen:

We license original designs from designers and then turn them into patterns. A contract is drawn up between us and the designer, and it specifies how long the pattern may be sold and any other stipulations, like geographic distribution. We never own the rights to a designer’s property, i.e., the garment design that is turned into a pattern.

So while we would love to bring you this iconic wrap dress as a pattern once again, you probably shouldn’t hold your breath waiting for it to happen. I know, major sad face. But… did you know we currently have 11 different wrap dress patterns that you can use for your own DVF-inspired wrap dress? Find them here on our newest Pinterest board:

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Wrap Dress Patterns on Pinterest.

Speaking of wrap dress patterns, blogger Sew Wrong suggested that we all sew a wrap dress for the next McCall Pattern Company sponsored sewalong. I like that idea, but what do you think? Talk to us in the comments section!