Yes, I like to wrap things. Both on top and on bottom. And, as in this case, all the way.
This dress was pracically finished in 2008 I think. In December if I remember correctly. I used the Desira pattern and elongated it into a dress and added sleeves.
A bit blurry picture I see now.
I think I could have gotten the bottom edge straight, but I don’t really mind the uneveness. The fabric is a cotton popln; navy blu with yellow suns, and the belt is a plain cotton. Two sets of snaps are also used to hold the dress together.
For some reason this dress feels like a cleaning coat. I like it and I like to wear so I don’t know why I can’t shake that feeling. I mean wrap dresses are the ultimate dresses, dressy yet casual. It will be worn, I swear. I will shake my cleaning coat feeling.
Pattern: Burdastyle 7911, Desira
Difficulty: Novice (Burdastyle’s rating – I agree)
Alterations: Elongated into a dress. Cap sleeves replaced with 3/4 length sleeves.
Fabric: Cotton poplin for dress, plain cotton for belt. Notions: Snaps.
Project rating: The drawback of the dress is that a lot of fabric is required. Other than that wrap dress are flattering, they create a lovely silhouette on almost anyone – including me! The fabric is nice and soft, I’m pleased with that selection.
Another photo shoot way overdue. Well, also because I cut the skirt too narrow back then and it didn’t really fit me. Now it fits, I wear it and it’s as gorgeous as ever!
The fabric was a real find, unfortunately it was due to the fabric store closing. It is and Italian cotton, very nice quality and really soft. The purple and light blue line shimmer against the dark brown.
Since the fabric was so lovely I wanted a simple skirt design to highlight it and not distract from it. I used this tutorial from Burdastyle. It was a simple tutorial to follow and a simple skirt to sew. I also added pockets, however they turned up a bit too low and a bit too narrow.
The skirt is perfect for twirling! I’ve also added a lining skirt underneath to get more pouffiness. I’m very pleased with this skirt, from fabric (love, love, love it!) to execution.
A work I’m proud of!
Pattern: Tutorial from Burdastyle Difficulty: Easy Alterations: None
Fabric: Italian cotton, polyester lining. Notions: Invisible zipper
Project rating: The tutorial is called “quick party skirt” and it is. Easy and fun to wear!
My second creation of the year is a plaid wrap skirt. The idea to make a plaid skirt has existed in my mind for quite a while (and the idea has taken at least one unsuccessful turn before).
I’ve given up the idea to make my own patterns and will use what someone else has done. I did, however, draft this pattern myself with the help of a sloper skirt and instructions on how to turn this sloper pattern into a wrap skirt. It’s three pieces to this skirt, one back and two fronts. I used interfacing along the waist line and the skirt closes with two buttons. There’s also one snap holding up the inner piece.
The fabric is a polyester blend, beige and black with small silver threads in it. Quite easy to work with and the polyester is OK since this skirt will never be worn close to my skin, there will always be stockings in between.
Pattern: Self-drafted from pattern book Difficulty: Easy
Fabric: Plaid polyester with silver Lurex Notions: Two buttons, interfacing