Abstract Print Knit Wrap Dress

Ok, folks, fess up. How many of y’all bought this poppy red abstract knit fabric when it went live on Mood Fabrics a few weeks ago? As of this writing, I’ve seen at least 5 fellow sewing bloggers add it to their stash, not including myself. No judgement here – it’s a beautiful fabric!

Vogue 1610 // DVFOf course, I immediately snapped up a couple of yards for myself with a wrap dress in mind. The bold print reminds me of some of those 70s vintage Diane Von FΓΌrstenberg wrap dresses that I just can’t get enough of. Occasionally, I find buying knit fabrics online to be a bit of a gamble if I don’t swatch first – it’s hard to gauge the weight and recovery (not to mention actual colors!) of a knit fabric just based on photos and a description. However, this fabric did not disappoint. It’s a really lovely quality, nice and thick without being bulky, a good stretch with a wonderful recovery. The color is extremely saturated, which I just love – it’s the sort of orange-y red that almost makes me look tan πŸ™‚ Ha! Vogue 1610 // DVF

Vogue 1610 // DVFI’m a bit of a cheater because I actually have an original Vintage Vogue American Designer pattern for the classic DVF wrap dress – Vogue 1610 – which is what I used to make this dress. If you are feeling a weird sense of dΓ©jΓ  vu about right now, don’t worry – I’ve posted about this pattern before here on the Mood Sewing Network, when I made a version in silk jersey last year. What can I say? It’s a beautiful dress pattern that deserves several repeats in my closet πŸ™‚ I did make some changes for this current version. For one, I completely changed up the skirt pattern piece – instead of using the gathered skirt that comes with the pattern (nothing against gathered skirts, but I wanted a sleeker look for this one), I used another wrap skirt pattern that was in my stash. I also changed up the construction for the neckline – instead of using a binding as I normally do, I applied the binding like a facing. I used a lightweight knit interfacing to stabilize the facing (so it has some structure, but still plenty of stretch), attached it to the wrong side of the bodice, and then folded it to the inside and topstitched it down. I got this idea from looking at an *actual* DVF wrap dress when I was in Harrod’s last year, and I was really interested to see how they finished the wrap neckline. It’s certainly different! Vogue 1610 // DVF

Vogue 1610 // DVFEverything else about the making of this dress was very easy and straightforward. That’s the beauty of sewing knits – they don’t require a lot of futzing around with. Everything goes 10x faster if you use a serger to sew/finish the seams in one swoop, and even the added topstitching doesn’t require a lot of extra time (although I would recommend using a ballpoint needle for that bit – this will prevent skipped stitches and the possibility of tearing a hole in your beautiful knit fabric). As much I like to go the extra mile with my sewing projects – especially those that are for the Mood Sewing Network – sometimes there’s beauty in the simple ones, too πŸ™‚ And this one was pretty simple – I think I was done in less than 3 hours! Gotta love knits πŸ™‚ Vogue 1610 // DVF

I’m going to refrain from ending this post with something cheesy like, “That’s a wrap!”

Oh, wait. Dangit.

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  • Marilyn Benson
    August 14, 2015

    Great dress and beautifully made. I had this patter when it was new and made several dresses. Silly me, I let it go many years ago.

    • Lauren
      August 17, 2015

      Oh, that’s a bummer! I think a lot of people had the same thoughts about the pattern. Who would have guessed that it would go out of print and sell for so much money a few decades later?

  • Cennetta
    August 14, 2015

    Give me that dress!! Lol. Oops! It won’t fit. I’m to big. Anywho.., cute, cute. I guess I should get some on that prettty fabric too. πŸ˜‰

    • Lauren
      August 17, 2015

      Ohh, you should! This color would look amazing on you and I’d love to see what you do with it! Maybe you could make a wrap dress too? πŸ˜€

  • Denise
    August 16, 2015

    Cute dress, cute fabric! At first glance I thought you had cut your hair short… and was going to say cute hair too! Not that your longer hair isn’t cute… but you would look great in a short cut!

    • Lauren
      August 17, 2015

      Haha! I used to have shorter hair, back when I was in high school πŸ™‚ Occasionally I am tempted to go back to pixie length, but the trauma of growing it out always makes me reconsider! πŸ™‚

  • Fiona
    August 16, 2015

    You look gorgeous! I very nearly snapped up some of this print. It’s perfect for a wrap dress. Totally know what you mean about buying knits online though, more than any other fabric I like to be able to touch a knit first!

    • Lauren
      August 17, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! I think you should get some of this fabric with your next order – if there’s any left, anyway! It’s reallyyyy nice and totally ups my confidence about ordering knits online! You know, until I get the next dud πŸ˜‰ haha!

  • Lori
    August 17, 2015

    It is a gorgeous dress. Thanks for sharing the DVF contruction information.

    • Lauren
      August 18, 2015

      Thanks, Lori!

  • beckyjopdx
    August 17, 2015

    not gonna lie, I totally was tempted by that fabric too! it’s pretty fabulous. Looks great on you and I’m digging the binding/facing change. I’ve been playing around with that as well – I’m over fiddling with binding for awhile I think, and moving on to fiddling more with facing/binding compromise.

    • Lauren
      August 18, 2015

      It’s a really beautiful fabric! And I’m with you – ready to try fiddling with a new technique instead of the same old same old πŸ™‚