Ever since the latest issue of Burdastyle arrived I’ve been feverishly at work. The object of my attention was the wrap dress #120:
This the kind of project where I saw the dress in the preview, auditioned fabrics from my stash right away, had tracing paper and notions at the ready the night before the issue was due and started to trace as soon as it arrived.
And so this turned out:
The pattern is for a woven fabric and I cut one size down from my usual size because I don’t fill wrap dress like they are supposed to be filled. So I cut a size 38 up top grading out to a 40 from the waist. Also I shorteded the back shoulder about 1.5m because the armhole gaped a little across the shoulder blades. Otherwise the pattern was sewed as is. I did combine the lapels and collar that come with two different views, just because I like a collar with American shoulders. Oh, and I used the welt pockets from a different view to the one on the picture too.
I have to say that I love love love the colours on this! I love strong colours but don’t wear them all that often, but this fabric, which I bought in Barcelona last year, really spoke to me. And you know what happens if fabric speaks to me in the shop… The sales assistant did try to explain to me that this is curtain fabric (at least I think that’s was she was trying to say, my Spanish isn’t all that great…), but I knew its time would come.
I might still shorten this a little, haven’t quite worked out if this length is good or dowdy.
I like the fact that the skirt is gathered only at the sides and not at the centre front and back – I’m pear shaped enough not to need any extra emphasis at the rear end, thank you very much 😉
Note to self: Get racerback bra!
So far, I haven’t worn the dress out because it’s still freezing here, but at least for the short while I wore it indoors it seems front gapage is well under control. Gaping is what normally puts me off wrap dresses, although I love the style. This one seems to sit a lot better – and if the worst comes to the worst I think I might be able to hide a little button under the lapels so that I can secure the neckline more or less invisibly.
If your are into wrap dress geekery like I am, here’s a look at the innards:
The inside front is fixed with a little button (here it’s not buttoned up because my dress form is set to Christmas gluttony 😉 ), the outside front with a bow.
CB seam for easy swayback adjustment, although I did not need to make any changes.
It’ll certainly be at least a couple of months before I can think about wearing this dress at home, but I’ll be spending Easter in the south of Italy at the Amalfi Coast this year, so this dress will come with me.
There’s me practicing gazing into the sunset. The island of Capri is close to where I’ll be, so gazing is definitely de rigeur. Oh, and sipping martinis and prosecco from long-stemmed glasses!
And the Italians love kids, of course, so I’m practicing standing like a little girl too, just in case somebody wants to offer me some free ice cream.
So picture me: Ice cream cone in one hand, glass of prosecco in the other, gazing into the sunset 😉
Where will you be this Easter?