To wrap up Me Made May 2018, I'm sharing my latest make...the Highlands Wrap dress by Allie Olsen. This has been in the works for a while because my serger was in the shop for a few weeks, but my wrap dress is finally complete and I'm in LOVE!
As someone with a very small bust (34 nearly A) wrap dresses don't typically fit me. They can be so flattering on women who have curves because they wrap and accentuate all the right places. But when you are practically shapeless, wrap dresses can sag, gap, and overall hang in a very awkward way.
With hesitation I decided to try Allie's version. It looked like it could work for my body type and, of course, since I'm making it, I could alter it to fit along the way.
I'm happy to report this dress fits me like a glove! My very first wrap dress!
The Pattern: The Highlands Wrap Dress by Ali Olsen (of Indie Sew)
The Fabric: Possibly my favorite part of this dress is the story behind the fabric! I found this crazy lime green fabric at an estate sale for $3. On a whim I bought it (lime green is definitely outside of my color comfort zone) and I thought I may just use it to make muslins. BUT, then I had the idea to overdye it with blue and see what happened. To my delight, it took the RIT dye beautifully and the color is one I feel myself in. Yay!
The Process: The PDF pattern is quite large, but I printed, taped, and cut the straight size 0. Following Allie's instructions, I put the dress together with no modifications. The fabric was super thick at some points (I veered from her fabric recommendations and went with a heavier weight fabric) and I even had to hand sew the side seams where the elastic, waistband, button flaps, and ties met. It was just too thick to get under my machine.
While assembling the waistband I used wash away wonder tape to help create a nicer seam. That stuff is so helpful!
Given the heavier weight of the fabric, I chose to sew up the shorter version of the dress. I love the vents on the side, this helps the dress breath and move nicely.
In hindsight I would have cut out the button flaps (that help keep everything nice and in-place) in a thinner fabric. Those areas are all hidden, thankfully, but on mine they are a bit bulky.
Modifications: I made no modifications. Straight size 0.
Styling & Versatility: This is one of 2 dresses I have ever sewn and I'm extremely pleased with it. I think it's casual enough to wear to church and feel a bit put-together, but could easily be dressed up for a wedding or a fun date-night. I feel like this is a timeless dress I could see myself wearing for the rest of my life. That's a good feeling!
Overal Review: Classic wrap dress pattern that is friendly to smaller frames. Not a beginner pattern by any means, but definitely doable!