Ah Dresses! I have missed you. Missed making and wearing you. It would appear that this is my first dress of the new year, and its a repeat pattern make, made using McCalls 8036 and some ditsy print floral viscose purchased from eBay. Here’s a look at my first version of this dress. I didn’t like this first version and it sadly hasn’t been worn. I didn’t like the colour on me, and there was some issues with the fit that I tackled on this second version.
I am much happier with my new version. Adding length to the skirt and doing full seat and abdomen adjustments has really helped with the fit of the skirt. And I decided to do a much needed forward shoulder adjustment and convert the pleats to gathers. For next time I think I need a smidge more room in the bust, but this version is still more than wearable.
Working from home and being under lockdown for 6 out of the last 12 months has influenced what I have been sewing. Trousers and separates have seemed more practical than frivolous dresses. But, at least in this country, hopefully things are turning around and returning to normality. Thoughts with those who are not in such a privileged position.
Fitting Notes for This Version
- 5/8ths inch forward shoulder adjustment
- Converted shoulder pleats to gathers
- 5/8ths inch full abdomen adjustment
- 5/8ths inch full seat adjustment
- Lengthened skirt by 3 inches
- Used fastening from view B – this is a true wrap dress
- Shortened back darts by 2 inches
- Topstitched facings into place
- Added elastic to sleeves instead of bias binding
- For next time, I need to move the front skirt darts more towards the side seam and maybe add a smidge more to the bust area
Overall, I am very happy with this dress. Just need the weather and place to wear it (even the office would do)! You can’t go wrong with a classic wrap dress. What’s your go to wrap dress pattern?
See you soon!