June 16, 2016
I think that I have just added a new favorite pattern to my list! Super simple, cute, and versatile…
We are currently wrapping our first group project SHIRTDRESSES in the ThReD and Needles sewing group. We will be posting pics of our completed projects on August 31st. If you have missed the details on how to join in, you can click HERE and click on ThReD and Needles. The link will take you directly to the Facebook page.
The time is finally here for show and tell of our wrap dresses! I am so overjoyed with this opportunity to co-host for the McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong with Meg Carter (McCall’s) and Lucinda Campbell (sew-wrong.com). For six weeks, we have been posting tips on making our versions of a Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress using Vogue, Butterick, McCall’s, or Kwik Sew patterns. (I used Vogue V8379.)
A muslin (or toile) is a test garment or rough draft of your final sewing project. I often use the pattern pieces to do a paper fitting on either my mannequin or myself (using the pattern pieces pinned together to test the fit). Nevertheless, the fact is that paper does not stretch so a paper fit test will not work when treating the fit for knits! In comparison to woven fabrics, knits are much easier to fit and normally I would not recommend this step. However, I am going to explain a few reasons that I would recommend making a muslin for your wrap dress.
One more thing, keep reading and there is a nice treat for you at the end!
I am so excited to talk about this topic of fabric for The McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong. Fabric choice is essential to the ultimate execution of your garment. Once you have selected your sewing pattern, please consider your fabric choice as your most important step in the process. For this sew-along, I will be using Vogue Pattern V8379 HERE.
(The style board is inspiration for my fabric choice and mix of the solid with the print. The skirt portion of the DVF dress is made of a structured woven, but I think that I can emulate a similar look with the floral knit jersey.)