Wrap Dress Sewalong Wrap-Up

Wrap dresses made for the McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong of 2015

I thought it would be a good idea to create a post that “wraps up” the Wrap Dress Sewalong and serves as an index to all the posts and social media sites connected with this sewalong. That way you can check back here any time as you sew your wrap dress now or in the future.

Blog posts:

Announcing our next sewalong: the wrap dress!

Try before you buy

How a sewalong works

• Selecting and cutting your knit fabric

Sewing knits

Making a muslin (toile)

Full bust adjustment (FBA) for a wrap dress

Small bust adjustment for a wrap dress

Inside a DVR wrap dress

Sewing details of a wrap dress

Wrap dress reveal

Pinterest: Wrap dress patterns and wrap dress sewing inspiration. This is where you’ll find Butterick, Kwik Sew, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns wrap dress patterns. Plus, photos of DVF wrap dresses and wrap dresses made by fans and sewalong participants.

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

Flickr: Photos of wrap dress sewing progress and results. Feel free to post your photos here.

Blog posts, tips and tutorials from the McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong

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.

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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