Hellooooo!!! Wow, it has been so long – too long! I think the last time I posted was right before the world turned upside down…how things have changed. I hope you are all doing well and staying safe and healthy.
You haven’t heard from me in a while, because to be honest, with everything going on, I’ve found it hard to get excited and motivated to take pictures and write about my projects. However, I have been sewing quite a bit. It’s the one thing that helps me relax and takes my mind off of things for a bit. Lately, I’ve really been missing my blog, and I figured what better time to jump back in than the launch of a new pattern by Closet Core Patterns (Closet Case Patterns recently changed their name). The Elodie Wrap Dress Pattern launched this month, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it!
You all already know that I’m a big fan of Closet Core Patterns. Well, I’m also a big fan of wrap dresses. I was lucky enough to serve as a pattern tester for this beaut, and I knew right away it was going to be a good one. It’s basically the perfect summer wrap dress.
The fabric I selected is a linen look viscose from Fabric.com that I ordered specifically for this dress. When I got the email about pattern testing, I needed to order some fabric. Believe it or not, I didn’t have anything in my fabric stash that would work. I realize that sounds like someone saying, “I have nothing to where,” while standing in front of an overflowing closet, but I promise it is the truth!
As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew it would be perfect. I mean, c’mon, it basically has wrap dress written all over it! As I may have mentioned in the past (although not too loudly for fear of being stoned), I don’t like linen fabric. I don’t like wearing it or sewing it. However, I do LOVE fabrics in the viscose/rayon family, and the linen-y texture of this fabric is really beautiful (without all the bits I don’t like about linen).
The Elodie Wrap Dress has three lengths and two sleeve options. I opted for the midi-length with the short sleeves. I didn’t make any alterations, and the dress fit great. The bodice has pleats under the bust to give it a nice blousy look, and the skirt is flowy and perfect for twirling!
This pattern was extremely easy to put together. I was sick while working on this and still got in done in just a few days. Since there are only a couple main pattern pieces, and no sleeves to set in, this dress would be a great choice for a confident beginner sewist.
Closet Core Patterns did make a few minor tweaks after testing, but nothing that affects the look of the pattern.
The only thing I may change on my next version is altering the neckline slightly. This will take a bit of trial and error, but unless I tie the wrap extremely tight, the neckline gapes open a bit. What you maybe can’t tell in these photos is that I have the wrap ties pulled so tightly that I can barely breath. And it was sooo hot that day!
I have this issue with most wrap dresses, both ones I’ve made and one’s I’ve bought. I’m planning to add a snap to the neckline to keep it closed. I would have done that for these picks, but I was all dressed and ready to head out the door when I realized how much it was gaping. At least I didn’t pass out!
Wow…it felt really good to write this post. I’ve actually made a lot of really great things that I’m excited to share with you – I even made a pair of shoes! And crocheted a sweater! Although, the sweater will need to wait until fall. I am not going outside in wool right now!
Until next time,