I’ve made wrap dresses before. I’ve always self drafted them and I’ve always been really disappointed with them. Actually I tried on a DvF one once and I was disappointed with that too for that matter, so it may not be my drafting skills that was the problem there.
That being said I love how elegant wrap dresses can look (on others) and I was determined to keep trying until I found one I was happy with!
That brought me to this – the Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap Dress.
I was very excited to be approached by Lucy from Sew Essential to make a project for them using their products and when I saw this wrap dress I thought this was the perfect opportunity for me to try it out!
I chose a bright red wool mix jersey from Sew Essential pto make it out of (I figured it’s a go big or go home moment…) which, when it arrived, was a lot stretchier and softer than expected. A nice surprise! Although that meant I had concerns about how easily it would stretch out of shape when sewing up.
The Sew Over It wrap is a very simple slim fit wrap dress with sleeves. The pattern is designed for knits and so relies on the stretch of fabrics rather than any darts for shaping.
Check mine out!
The bad? It just didn’t fit very well. Maybe I’m not the right shape for Sew Over It patterns. Or at least compared to other pattern companies I’ve tried.
I ended up having to add a huge dart into the centre back in order to get the dress to sit on my shoulders properly – a good 3″ off the neckline. Lucky with this fabric it’s easily done and barely noticeable but it’s the first time I’ve ever had to make this type of adjustment. It also feels like the neckline is way too low on me. And for me to say that it really has to be uncomfortably low because I like a bit of cleavage. It just feels like there’s not enough fabric across the bust. (I definitely cut the right size by the way!).
I think it’s time to start giving up on wrap dresses.
This’ll be a fabulous date night dress but definitely not something for day/office wear. Now I just need to go find a date to wear this out with…