I’m obsessed by wrap dresses! Even before I started sewing, I wore wrap dresses all the time – they are surely one of the most fantastic garments on a curvy figure. Plus: no bust fitting. What could be better?
And on that point: Wrap dresses (/tops/skirts) topped the sewalong poll, so expect to see one in the mid-term future!
If you want to start getting ready beforehand, my go-to pattern is by Christine Jonson, a pattern designer I’d never really heard of before I started googling wrap dress patterns. It’s a simple design, with an option to add a collar and cuffs, although to my shame given how many times I’ve made this, I’ve never added them!
The only adaptation I made was to remove the waistline seam – I noticed that none of my existing wrap dresses had it, and in prints it’s just annoying. I simply put the top and bottom pieces together and voila: a dress pattern with only 2 (count them!) pattern pieces. Once you have the knack, it’s quick to put together. I don’t do the self-fabric lining on the bodice. Instead, I finish the edge with a t-shirt neckband type finish: make a long strip about 1.5 inches wide, fold it in half wrong sides together, serge to the right side of the neckline (leaving about 1/2 inch of the band showing), flip to the wrong side, and then secure down with coverstitch or twin needle stitching on the outside.
To be honest, the hardest thing about making a wrap dress is finding nice fabric! Cute printed jersey isn’t that common, so you have to look for it – and then don’t pass the opportunity to buy it! I stalk Emma One Sock obsessively, and many folks love Girl Charlee although I recommend getting a sample first because the quality can be variable in my experience and I had a particularly major disaster recently. Sewing these on a serger is certainly easiest, but you can also use a sewing machine – I’ve compiled some great sources of tips here.
I wear these all the time – to work, parties, around the house. They are a winning combo: they feel like you’re wearing pyjamas, but people think you’re dressed really smartly! I can’t imagine anything better.
If you’re interested in making your own wrap dress, I have a whole section on my blog with pattern recommendations and tutorials! Check it out here.
TNT Pattern Details:
Sizing: Up to XL (43″, 42.5″, 51″) – but remember the way that wrap dresses fit, you can be significantly larger than this and fit the XL!
What size did you make? XL (I am 47″ – 40″ – 48″)
What adjustments did you make?
- No fitting adjustments
- To make the process even faster, I connected the top bodice and lower skirt pieces to create a mere 3 piece pattern! (front, back, sleeves).
- I do a different neckline than suggested, as described above
Fabric and Notions required: 4 – 5 yards depending on whether you’re lining the bodice and the length of the sleeves. It’s easiest to make it on a serger, but you can do it on a sewing machine too
Curvy Rating (1-5): 5 – I LOVE this pattern! So good if you’re an hourglass or apple shape and extremely flexible if your weight fluctuates. I’m not so sure about pears – what do you pears out there think?