This weeks Crafty Bloggers Club post is from Tracy, one of our lovely tutors!
Hi, I’m Tracy and many of you will know me as one of the tutors at Crafty Sew & So. I had seen a post from Freya about the new (FREE) pattern for a wrap dress in Love Sewing magazine designed by Sarah. Now I have made at least one of every My Handmade Wardrobe pattern and with that in mind I picked up a copy of the magazine the same day!
This is rare for me, as a plus fit I often don’t fit in the clothing in these magazines but as this was Sarah’s pattern, I was fairly confident that the size range would accommodate me. I was not wrong! I saw it needed ‘light-to-medium weight woven with some drape, such as cotton lawn, poplin, poly crepe, lightweight jacquard, linen-viscose’. I found the perfect fabric in the shop to start sewing it right away. No time was lost in pre-washing and drying the fabric and putting my pattern pieces together.
I cracked on cutting out the pieces. And, feeling studious, I was careful to check the instructions as I went along. The whole thing went together reasonably easily with the exception of matching the notches along the front, I will cut my next ones a little longer as they were difficult to see along with the fraying bits. I did overlock all of the raw edges as I went along, I love how it makes the inside look neat and tidy.
I have to admit, I deviated away from the pattern slightly in that I sewed the top crossover in place rather than just relying on the buttons to hold it there (I stitched on top of the topstitching I had already done as part of the construction). This was in part due to my past experiences with wrap over tops, but in all honesty, I don’t think I should have worried as the crossover gives plenty of coverage. I also opted to not add the buttons down the skirt as I wanted maximum movement and the two panels cross almost to the side seams so I feel confident that there should be no wardrobe malfunctions. Despite having sewn down the top crossover I still chose to place the buttons on and was really pleased with the selection Freya picked out to go with the fabric. I used a couple that were destined for the skirt to place on the top of the cuffs.
I’m really pleased with how this has turned out, I purchased the last length of another gorgeous fabric and it is destined to become another of these dresses, because who doesn’t love a dress WITH POCKETS! I can see this is going to be lovely and cool during the summer but as we head into autumn I will wear them with funky tights and a cardigan.
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