Monday, July 25, 2011

It's a Wrap

Ok, so I've put some distance between me and the darts, and I've calmed down.  It was a great weekend with two separate birthday parties - one for one of my closest GF's who turned the big 5-0.  I'm trailing her, and not by a whole lot.  Anyway, I did some cleaning and organizing this weekend, and I am ready to start fresh on a new project.

I have been wanting to make a wrap dress for a while.  I even have the fabric for it, which will carry me well into the fall season because of the great fall colors.  Fall here doesn't mean coolish days - it just means you begin to wonder if it's ever going to cool off.

The fabric on the bottom right is the fabric slated to turn into a wrap dress.  I have been holding on to Butterick 5593 for a while, looking at it, reading lots of reviews, etc.   Debbie Cook has done at least 2 or 3 successful iterations of this that look awesome on her, here, and here are a couple.  But given the trouble I have fittin' the girls and my narrow back,  I was looking for something with more seam lines or pleats to provide extra fitting opportunities for the bust.

Enter Vogue 8646.  With only 3 reviews on PR, it's not going to be voted most popular, and each sewist had minor fit challenges.  I have read their reviews, and hopefully learned from their issues.  This pattern has a D cup pattern, which already puts it a little closer to the ballpark for me.  Next, it has front shoulder pleats, and without yet cracking the envelope, I am seeing a good opportunity to expand things there.  In my head, at least, it'll help.  Also, 8646 has upper back darts and back waistline darts, all good stuff for moi.

I have convinced myself that 8646 is the winner, and I can't wait to start the fitting process.  But right now I've got to run, I am supposed to be meeting the Mr. in 10 minutes and I haven't left the house yet.  :)

Hope your Monday is marvelous!  Thanks for stopping in today.

Until later,


EDITED 7/28/11 to correct Vogue pattern numbers. A


  1. I love that wrap dress and need to go down to JoAnn's for a closer look. Do you have pattern numbers memorized???Know how to sew but, sooo anal about the little things(like darts) that it takes me a whole season to get 1 dress done. The wine was a good choice.

  2. Hobbit,
    The one I plan to make is Vogue 8646. I see I mixed up my numbers up there in the post. It is a very easy pattern - you should give it a go. Let me know if you do, I'd love to see it!


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