I’m Back…and with a Fantastic New Wrap Dress

DIY Printed Rayon Wrap Dress by Sartorial Seamstress

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.

DIY Printed Rayon Wrap Dress by Sartorial Seamstress

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.

DIY printed rayon wrap dress by Sartorial Seamstress. The pattern is Closet Core Pattern’s Elodie 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).

DIY printed rayon wrap dress by Sartorial Seamstress. The pattern is Closet Core Pattern’s Elodie Wrap Dress.

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.

DIY printed rayon wrap dress by Sartorial Seamstress. The pattern is Closet Core Pattern’s Elodie Wrap Dress.

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,

Happy Sewing!

DIY printed rayon wrap dress by Sartorial Seamstress. The pattern is Closet Core Pattern’s Elodie Wrap Dress.
DIY printed rayon wrap dress by Sartorial Seamstress. The pattern is Closet Core Pattern’s Elodie Wrap Dress.

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