August 18, 2014

Another week, another wrap dress


Here’s the final product of my Wrap Dress Assembly Line, and, dare I say it, the crowning glory. I made the dress using Milly London jersey from EmmaOneSock which I scored ages ago, and then sat on in terror of ruining it. I would occasionally visit it in the dead of night, and whisper “my preciousssssss” but then my temporary-sewing-room-housemate got annoyed, so I had to stop. My new attitude: if I’m pawing over it in my stash, far better to actually wear it and enjoy it.
So, another wrap dress it was, this time with full length sleeves, giving me the option to wear it all year round. If you’re wondering about those adorable shops behind me: they’re around the corner from my apartment, and sell $18,000 necklaces (srlsy) and $500 lobster tufted pillows. Much better to just photograph in front of them for free!

I ran out of fabric to do my usual self neckline binding, so instead I used leftovers of the StyleArc Rosie ponte to make a contrast trim as a “design feature”, and I actually really like the effect. Perhaps I should accidentally not buy enough fabric again in the future. Please forgive the apparently uneven hem in these photos… I swear it’s OK when I’m standing up straight! Either that, or I should only walk on slanted sidewalks from now on.
So there we have it. Another wrap dress which I will undoubtedly wear into the ground, and one step closer to wrap dress perfection. I’m not quite sure where Peak Wrap Dress lies, but I’m willing to bravely soldier on on behalf of the International Sewing Community to find out. You’re welcome. 

48 thoughts on “Another week, another wrap dress

  1. Katie says:

    Haaa, I do the exact same thing with special fabric purchases (well, maybe not whispering to it, but definitely dilly-dallying on what to make with it). Beautiful print and very flattering dress.

    1. Jenny says:

      Glad to know I’m not the only one, even if I do dial the insane up another notch 🙂

  2. Anne Szabo says:

    love your dress. it was worth taking the risk with your awesome fabric.

  3. Wow! This looks so, so great! Your hair is super on point, too- it’s a great cut!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Sonja! I’m growing it out, and so far, so good.

  4. This is a fabulous look and the contrasting binding really ups its awesome factor!

    1. Jenny says:

      Why thank you! It won’t be my last wrap dress 😉

  5. I likes this one best. Indeed.

  6. Megan says:

    Love it! Are you using a pattern here, or is this self drafted/so hacked that the pattern you started with is irrelevant? I’m definitely planning on some wraps dresses for the fall! I bought the one from hot patterns because it was on sale, but I got it and realized its a faux wrap. Boo! I’m sure I could easily modify it though.

    1. Jenny says:

      Hey Megan – this is the Christine Jonson wrap dress pattern. I merged the bodice and skirt pieces, and also do a different neckline finish, but apart from that it’s pretty much the original.

  7. gMarie says:

    This is amazing. I made another wrap dress this weekend as well! I love this one on you! g

    1. Jenny says:

      Yay, can’t wait to see it g!

  8. Purple Finch says:

    Great job adjusting the pattern! This is a beautiful and flattering dress!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks very much – I’m sure it will get worn a lot!

  9. ginny says:

    What a superb dress — well done!

  10. Nettie says:

    Super babe!! Fantastic fit and fabric!

    1. Jenny says:

      Ha ha ha, I try 😉 So lovely to meet you at the weekend Nettie – can’t wait to hang out again!

  11. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! You are the wrap dress queen! I absolutely love the contrast trim, accident or no. It’s the perfect thing to draw attention to the lines of this dress. Also, I have some Liberty poplin that I’ve been petting at night, myself. With you as inspiration, I may finally cut into that this week!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you mrs Mary! Can’t wait to see what you make with your poplin!

  12. I am hoping my wrap dress turns out as gorgeous as yours and I get to show it as beautifully as you do! It´s a lovely design and that binding such a wonderful idea.

    1. Jenny says:

      Fingers crossed! Key for the fit for me is wearing a camisole underneath – and I prefer the look, too.

  13. You will need a wrap backpack to wear on your quest for Peak Wrap Dress (matching, of course)- better get to work!
    Srsly, though, the dress is fab 🙂

  14. amy mayen says:

    You look fabulous! I love the print.

  15. Looks truly beautiful on you. Surely wrap dress perfection will be a combination of your fab pattern and silk jersey? I’ve got to get onto my wool on before winter ends here – that’s it, it’s being cut out next! I’ll have to channel the spirit of Cashmerette when trying to perfect it!

    1. Ps would love you forever if you do a quick post on your binding technique and tips! X

  16. Ellen says:

    It’s very pretty, you look stunning.

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you Ellen!

  17. KimP says:

    I think it is your best one yet!!!

    1. Jenny says:

      Thanks Kim, I think you might be right!

  18. Fashionista says:

    Got to love a wrap dress and yours looks sensational. After coveting a DVF wrap dress for decades I finally got one into my hot little hands on a recent trip to the US. And don’t I think I’m just the cat’s pyjamas! However, I have not abandoned my me-mades as I put a lot of work into getting the perfect pattern tweaks for knits and wovens. Currently have three in the sewing queue………

    1. Jenny says:

      Yay, DVFs for the win! I love mine, too, although I find it hard to justify spending $400 on them now that I know how easy they are to make.

  19. L says:

    Simply beautiful! I love the contrasting binding too!

    “…if I’m pawing over it in my stash, far better to actually wear it and enjoy it.” Preach!

  20. 1bisinka says:

    i love your dress ….

  21. Heather Lou says:

    Oh you gorgeous creature…. this dress is fabulous, as are you, and I’m a wee bit heartbroken we diddn’t get a chance to hang out more this weekend. NEXT TIME JENNY. NEXT TIME.

    1. Jenny says:

      NEXT TIME HEATHER, NEXT TIME.

      Or maybe in Montreal?!

  22. tanyamaile says:

    Knocked another one out of the park!! 🙂

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you Tanya!

  23. Love it! You wear wrap dresses so well. I’ve never tried one on that flattered me.

    1. Jenny says:

      Cheers, Jennifer! What part of the wrap dress usually doesn’t suit you? I find a camisole underneath mine works wonders to stop gaping 🙂

  24. BeaJay says:

    Lovely wrap dress.

    1. Jenny says:

      Thank you, BeaJay

  25. NAAN POCEN says:

    The dress style suits the fabric and suits you even more. Well done.

    1. Jenny says:

      That’s very kind of you to say, thanks Naan!

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