Vintage Wrap Dress

I think this my favourite thing I have made in a while. A 1940s wrap dress. The pattern I chose was actually meant to be a dressing gown but I decided to shorten it and turn it into a dress. The fabric came from a very successful shopping trip to Goldhawk Road.

Rather worryingly, the size of the pattern is a 14. Proof that we are such different sizes these days. So when they say Marilyn Monroe was a size 14, she was actually more like a 10 today!

Underneath the lapel/neck facing are some pleats coming from the shoulders which mean there are no darts. I always love when we can escape from darts not because I don’t like sewing them but more because I don’t like the way they look.

The central belt was quite fiddly – trying to get all the gathers in, then the top stitching, but I am pleased with the result. The only thing I would do next time is interface it to strengthen – the pattern didn’t recommend this which is why I chose not to but on reflection probably should have.

And finally I decided to go all couture on  the poppers. This is a technique I learnt at Bruce Oldfield’s using the self fabric or lining to cover the popper before sewing it on. Makes it a lot more discreet. Thanks Bruce!

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