Finally finished my first project of the year -yay. My youngest daughter picked out this very pretty fabric from Darn Cheap last year when we were going material shopping for her big sister. Fair enough - no favouritism in our house - all three daughters are equally my favourites.
She then showed me some pictures of what she had in mind and they were all wrap dresses. Would you believe I basically had no patterns for a wrap dress! Well, there was an old Burda magazine pattern for knit fabrics and a 70s one for a large shawl collar version but that was it. I went to Spotlight and checked out the Big 4 patterns but nothing was quite right.
So when I went down to my local very small newsagent to get a new myki travel card I could not believe my eyes to see they had the latest ( for Australia ) Burda and that there was a wrap dress just like she wanted ! If anything was ever meant to be this was it . I am so happy to see Burda magazines becoming so readily available now - hopefully this is a sign of a sewing resurgence.
The pattern is for petite sizes and my daughter is taller than the 160 cm it is designed for . I did not lengthen the bodice and she is happy with where the waist sits . There is a waist band with ties . The left tie inserts through a gap left in the waist band and wraps around the back. The skirt and sleeve pieces are cut on the bias creating that lovely fluid fall of cloth . My daughter actually wanted short sleeves but she also wanted the wear the dress tonight for a date so to save time I just hemmed them as is . We can revisit the sleeve length another time. She also wanted the dress quite a bit shorter . She requested about 15 cm off the skirt length. That didn`t quite get Mum approval so I only removed 10 cm but shh don`t tell her.
We are both very happy with the end result . A slow but great sewing start to the year.