It's been a few weeks and I have sufficiently recovered from my Great British Sewing Bee challenge to attempt this wrap dress a second time.
Let's just pause and admire that print matching across and down the dress. The back and the side seams. Be still my fluttering heart!
|How cool is that shadow?|
Needless to say, I'm rather more pleased with this dress the second time around. The pattern is Butterick 5454 downloaded free (sans instructions) from here.
I kept my timer well and truly hidden away during this project and it was an easy and fun dress to sew, even without instructions. I don't know what it is about timing a project, but it just brings stress and all-round miserableness and I certainly won't be doing it again in a hurry!
The fabric is a thickish, stable stretch knit, a bit like ponte but with a smoother finish. I got it from Spotlight. I much prefer the thicker fabric for this dress as it covers lumps and bumps from underwear and other random bulginess. The pleats at the shoulders and skirt don't sit quite as flat in this fabric, but I still think it's better than the lightweight knit.
I added some navy piping along the edge of the waist tie. It's a bit hard to see and probably didn't make much difference. It's adds a bit of interest on close inspection I guess.
This is not the style or print that I usually wear, but I am very happy with this dress. It's super comfy. Also, while I was halfway through making it I came across this picture:
Ok, hers is a real DVF, but I bet she didn't make it herself. Just shows what good taste I have. Ha!