The wrap dress was made popular by Diane Von Furstenberg in the 70's. Have you ever seen a real DVF Wrap dress? If you go to the Wrap Shop you can see that the average price is $400, and all of the gorgeous variations that they offer. The one thing that I noticed that they all have in common, is that they are made from silk jersey knit. I actually tried on an authentic DVF wrap dress once, and found out what silk jersey really feels like. It's a lot like an ITY jersey in feel, but it has a lot less stretch.
I really had my heart set on making a wrap dress from a real silk jersey, and as usual, FabricMart had the perfect fabric- a striped silk jersey in my favorite colors. They have sold out of it now, but this is a close-up for you.
Although my fabric was striped, the stripes actually were gently curved like a winding road, instead of perfectly straight. This is what it looked like layed out across my cutting table:
I oriented the front bodice so that the stripes would line up with the direction of the wrap- almost a 45 degree angle.Lastly, I cut the tie and facings with the stripes going horizontally. My front facing does turn out (even though it's not supposed to!), but it looks intentional with the horizontal facing.
Of course, you do need to pay attention to the skirt when you are sitting, but there is plenty of overlap so that you can stay covered up. And if it's a windy day, well, you might want to wear another dress that day! I'm wearing a cami and half slip underneath, just in case a gust of wind comes out of nowhere.
Have you made a wrap dress before? What is your favorite Wrap Dress pattern and fabric?
Ann for SewBaby News