I don't own a wrap dress. They are supposed to be the most flattering dress ever but for people short in the body like me I look strangely trussed up like a chicken. So when I saw a wrap dress in my new sewing book, Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, which looked a bit different I dived straight in.
I liked the shift dress style silhouette and used my Minerva fabric choice for this month to choose a vintage floral design unfortunately they have sold out of all four colours it was so popular! The fabric is cotton lawn and is very fine, slightly sheer in fact. I wanted this to be a dress to wear when it is so hot you don't really want to wear anything.
I cut a size 12 but the photo in the book was a bit misleading in terms of the skirt. It had a gathered skirt at the back and sides which really did nothing for me! It stuck out at the hips and made my bum look huge in fact it just ended up looking too big all over.
The front gaped really badly so I knew I needed to shorten the bodice even more. I set about putting it right. I took out all the skirt gathers and added darts to match the ones on the front and back body. I also made these longer and deeper to take some of the gape out of the bust. In the end I added a side zip and sewed all the front parts down to my measurements. I can put it on like a shift dress so essentially it is a faux wrap dress now.
This project epitomises the reason I like to make my own clothes. I could never buy this and no one else will be wearing one, it is all mine and fits only my body.
Thanks Minerva for my August summer dress, might have to save this for next year now. Jo x
PS. I have cleaned the lens on my camera to find that it is all scratched Bah! I hate out of focus shots.