DIY Floral Faux Wrap Dress

I don’t know about you, but I am in full-on Christmas mode right now. Bring on the Christmas music. Bring on the baking. Bring on the tinsel!!! And that means I have a list, most likely an unrealistic list, of projects I want to make before December 25 (one of them even involves sequins!). However, before I dive into that list, I want to take a moment to appreciate what just might be the prettiest dress in my closet. This faux wrap dress is my latest make, and it is a hit!

This dress is my second version of New Look 6301. The first version never made it to the blog, because I HATED it when I first finished it. No joke, it hung in my closet for almost two years before I wore it. I have no idea why I had such disdain for this poor dress. One day I didn’t know what to wear to work, so I thought I’d give that dress a try. Lo and behold, I loved everything about it. Go figure.

So, a few things about this pattern. I made view A, with no alterations to the bodice, but the pattern for the skirt is in my opinion laughably short. When I held the pattern piece up to my body, it would have been a mini-dress. Definitely not the look I was going for. I added four inches to the length of my first version but wished I had added a few more. For the new version, I added seven inches, and the length is perfect.

The other alteration I made was the length of the ties. I added 24 inches to each tie. I made this alteration on both versions based on reviews I’d read. As drafted, the ties just make it around and tie in front with very little tie to spare. I like a bit of a longer tie that can wrap all the way around and be tied into a bow in the front.

After I started wearing my first version (which as I keep talking about it, I realize I should have also photographed that one), I knew I wanted to make a new version of this pattern. The pleats on the wrapped bodice and the full skirt make it a winner. I also find wrap dresses, even faux wrap dresses, to be a very flattering style on me. And speaking of faux wrap dresses, it took me a while to get over this very snobby attitude I had toward faux wraps. I learned that if I don’t expect them to behave the same as a full wrap dress, they are awesome in their own right. And this particular one, with its elastic waistline really stays put without a bunch of fussing over the ties.

I happened upon this floral fabric at JoAnn, and the moment I saw it I knew it would be perfect for a new version of New Look 6301. Although, I did have a moment when I thought of making it into a bomber jacket instead. This fabric is a stretch crepe knit. It feels great and has a really lovely drape. But before I get into too much of a love fest with this fabric, I do have an issue with it. With wrap dresses, I almost always need to pin the neckline. Without a pin or snap, wrap dresses tend to look too…umm…busty on me.

I wore this dress to church, definitely not a place to be busty, and I pinned it as I always do. The pin caught a rogue thread, and instead of just snagging, it snagged and pulled a hole in the dress! I have never had this happen before, and it makes me question the quality of this fabric. I was able to fix the hole with some fusible web and a small piece of cotton, but I’m still a bit irritated. When things like this happen, it makes me feel better about the times I buy more expensive fabrics. While not always the case, I think you get what you pay for with fabric.

Assuming I don’t one day catch this dress on something and the entire thing falls into a heap of threads on the floor, I anticipate I will get a ton of wear out of this dress. I probably won’t make this one again, since I already have two, but I do have another wrap dress pattern sitting in my upcoming projects pile.

Well, I am off to wrap some presents!

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

 

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