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: Ta Dah!

Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.

My co-hosts and I are finished with our wrap dresses and we’re ready to show them off to you! As you’ll recall, I was making my wrap dress for my niece Konstance, who needs to add some more career-type clothes to her post-college wardrobe. Konstance and her family came over this past Sunday for Easter dinner and I forced her into an impromptu modeling session:

Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.

Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.

She loves this dress! (Vogue Patterns V8379) I think it looks fabulous on her and I’m giving myself major pats on the back for sewing it. “Wow, that dress looks like you could buy it in a store,” is how Konstance’s 10-year-old sister praised my work. To which my sister chimed in with “It’s even better than store-bought because Aunt Meg made it and she’s a phenomenal sewer.” Don’t you just love when family members gush over your sewing?

We took some shots of this dress in the McCall Pattern Company photo studio:

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong. Wrap dress sewn by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company.Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.

Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.
A close-up of the hem area. I fused a lightweight interfacing to the underside of the hem, just to give it a little more body.
Wrap dress made by Meg Carter for the McCall Pattern Company 2015 Wrap Dress Sewalong.
This is Karen, Associate Art Director/Associate Fashion Editor for the McCall Pattern Company, modeling the dress I made for my niece. Karen is a little taller than Konstance but I wanted to provide you with more photos of the finished dress.

But wait, here are my co-hosts’ finished dresses: ReDpants Design, Sew Wrong. Love their dresses! How are your dresses coming along? Don’t forget to use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong and post your photos to our Flickr group. Don’t worry if you just started sewing your dress or haven’t gotten to it yet; we’ll leave these blog posts up as long as this blog is in existence.

Don’t forget to enter our “Style a Celeb” Instagram contest! It’s easy and fun, and you could win $100 worth of patterns. Details here.

Wrap Dress Sewalong: Sewing Details

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: sewing details

With my husband off at a conference this past weekend, I had a long stretch of time to sew my wrap dress while binge-watching TV (Transparent and Broad City). I think the only time I stepped out of the house the entire weekend was to walk the dog a few times. But sequestering myself paid off nicely, because the wrap dress is done save for the hem and it looks FABULOUS! I can’t wait for you to see it next week. In the meantime, I thought I’d share some of my dress’s sewing details. I’m sewing Vogue Patterns V8379.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: bodice adjustment In this photo above you can see how I altered the bodice in two places. One, I lengthened it by an inch, because my niece has a long torso and I think this bodice is a little on the short side anyway. Two, instead of a separate front facing I created a folded self-facing, similar to the the real DVF dress I showed you here. I took the pattern facing piece and marked the seamline on the tissue, and then I marked the seamline on the bodice. Matching seamlines at the bodice front edge, I traced the facing on tracing paper and then taped it to the bodice; then I cut the bodice as one pattern piece with a self facing that folds to the inside. Sounds complicated but it was remarkably easy to do.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: neck facing Above, the bodice self-facing and the neck facing. Order of construction if you make a self facing like this: 1. Stitch shoulder seams. Do not stitch self-facing as part of shoulder seam. 2. Stitch neck facing to back neck edge. (Finish facing edge as you normally do.) Trim seamline and understitch. 3. Turn self-facing to inside at fold line (the former seam line in the original pattern). Baste or pin in place at shoulder seam. 4. Fold under the seam allowance on the short ends of the neck facing; trim seamline to eliminate bulk. 5. Hand-stitch the neck facing in place at the shoulder seam so the self-facing and the neck facing meet neatly; tack in place in the shoulder seam to keep the facing from rolling out. McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: shoulder seam
In this photo above you can see the facing and shoulder seam area. I did stabilize the shoulder seam with clear elastic, but I screwed up and sewed it to the top part of the seam rather than placing it on the underside of the seam where it wouldn’t be seen or felt by the wearer. You can also see here that I did not use my serger on the seams but chose to double-stitch the seams instead. Either type of seam finish is acceptable with knits.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong:
The downside of using a self-facing is that you can no longer neatly insert your ties between the facing and the bodice. But this really isn’t much of a dilemma because the ties wrap around anyway and you don’t actually see the point where the tie is attached to the bodice. So I just folded the raw edge under and stitched it to the bodice, as above.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: hole for tie beltWhat the inside of the tie opening looks like. I stitched the upper edge in place.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: waist seam with elastic

Above, the waist seam. Here I was a smart girl and stitched the stabilizing clear elastic to the underside of the seam.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: interfacing on front skirt facingThis photo shows how I gave substance to the front facings (skirt and bodice) by fusing a lightweight interfacing to them. Then I turned and stitched the edges of the facings for a finished appearance.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: sleeve with added bandI wanted to have the sleeve end in a foldover band rather than cuff like we show in the pattern. This is really simple to do. Just determine how wide you want your cuff to be when folded. My width from folded edge of cuff to the seamline where it’s attached to the sleeve is 2 inches. For example, if you want a cuff that’s 2 inches wide like mine, you cut two pieces that are 4.5″ (includes 1/4″ seam allowance) x width of lower sleeve. Look at the photo above and hopefully this is more clear.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: inside view of cuffHere’s what the attached cuff looks like. I stitched one side to the lower sleeve edge, folded it in half, turned the edge under, then hand-stitched it in place.

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong: bodice and sleeve viewA little glimpse of how it looks so far. Like I said earlier, the only thing left to do is the hem. I’ll probably serge the skirt edge and hem in place by hand.

Next week: The big reveal! Where do you stand with your wrap dress?!