First up, time to choose the pattern you’re going to use for the wrapalong.
I’ll be using the Christine Jonson wrap dress pattern. The reason I like this pattern is because it’s simple, and very similar to the classic DVF wrap. There are no darts, tucks or gathers, making it quick to sew and also avoid any odd puffy bits! I simplify the pattern even more by eliminating the bodice lining and adding a neckline binding instead, which I’ll explain in a future post. There are collar and cuff options, and a sleeveless version.
However, there are lots of other options for wrap dresses if the Christine Jonson version doesn’t tickle your fancy. Just bear in mind that the sewalong steps may not exactly match your pattern if it’s significantly different.
One alternative is to make a fixed wrap dress, which means it looks like a wrap with the cross over top, but is in fact fully closed, so there’s no risk of the wrap separating or blowing up in the wind! (What can I say, I like to live on the wild side….) McCalls M6884 is a great fixed wrap option.
If you want additional shaping, Vogue 8379 could be a good option for you (even though it didn’t work for me). It also has collar and cuff options.
Another option for a wrap dress or top is Simplicity 2369, which was one of Pattern Review’s best patterns of 2010. This is another fixed “mock wrap” version.
Finally: I don’t recommend using a woven pattern for this sewalong, because all the steps will be focused on knits. I also find it much, much harder to fit woven wrap dresses, especially around the bust! If you want to make one in the future though, you could look at the Victory Nicola or Sewaholic Yaletown patterns, although neither have a large size range.
What pattern are you going to use?
Coming up next: choosing a knit fabric and essential supplies!