In September I saw a lovely ballet-pink crushed velvet wrap dress in a Torrid catalog. I instantly fell in love, but balked at the $65 price tag. As a plus-sized fashionista, I know off-rack rarely fits well enough to be worth it. This is part of why I sew my own clothes. I searched for a pattern, but none seemed right.
In October, I found the perfect silky Rose Crush velvet at Mily Mae fabrics. It lingered in my stash for about 6 weeks while I searched for the perfect wrap dress pattern. I hate wraps that fall open at the front, and as I have ample boobage, I wanted something that wasn’t going to reveal all or freeze my nipples off in the New England winter that was coming.
Finally, I saw the call for testers for the Wanda Wrap Dress byWardrobe by Me in mid-November. I had just enough of cute mushroom print fabric to squeak a3/4 sleeve version out of non-directional 3 yards.
The pattern is really clever in its construction, with a wrap top and a solid bottom with 6 gores.
The side seams could easily be hacked to include pockets, but be careful if you choose to do that, because it may interfere with the drape of the skirt.
I really love how the wrap top is built, too with ties that really flow from the crossover front shape. Christina, the designer, is a total genius.
Aside from adding length to the ties and subtracting length from the hemline, I was pleased with the fit of my double-brushed poly muslin. I then held my breath as I cut into my precious velvet. Which was smart, because there are still little pink hairs everywhere in my studio! The fabric is so slippery, I used all 50 of my knock-off wonder clips! I was glad I had 5 yards of the velvet, because the nap of the fabric and the long sleeves definitely ate a little more than the muslin did. Always double-check your nap!
I couldn’t be more delighted with how this dress came out, I have found two excuses to wear it already. Here it is styled a couple of different ways. The first is with wine-colored knee socks, booties, and cloche hat. The second is with a hooded scarf, faux-leather Peg Legs, and velvet combat boots. Both ways are comfy, warm, and chic! Now I want to sew all the velvet!
Note: this article was published in abbreviated form in “Sew Long, Sew Happy” a zine for members of www.sewhere.com