Bright Blue Wrap Dress

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

Here it is – the bright blue wrap dress that I’ve had on my dream sewing list forever. Made from one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys, this wrap dress has been a long time coming. I’ve wanted to make a wrap dress as long as I’ve been sewing, even though, as I said back in November, I have never been quite convinced a wrap dress was a good style for my figure. Still, I wanted to give it a try.

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

I had earmarked this particular silk jersey since I thought the color would be stunning as a wrap dress. (As an aside, a resent computer crash has left me without Photoshop.  I’ve been trying to learn how to use the free Gimp software, but I don’t yet know enough to allow me to correct the color of the fabric in the photo above. The fabric color is actually closer to the indoor photos.) But, it sat for a couple months as I tried to find a pattern. Enter vintage Vogue 1548, a Diane Von Furstenburg original. There was absolutely no way I was going to splurge on one of the original vintage Vogue patterns (they can run hundreds of dollars on eBay!), but I had a very generous friend who was willing to lend me her pattern (thank you!).

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

What I hadn’t taken into account though is how much lighter weight this silk jersey is than any of the other silk jerseys from Mood that I’ve sewn with in the past. It’s thin and drapey, and the friend who leant me the pattern actually guessed it was a bamboo jersey when she first saw me wearing the dress. It’s beautiful, but it’s pretty unforgiving to lumps and bumps. In the picture above it’s pretty obvious where my bra slide is! And, it’s a battle to smooth out the wrinkles that want to form when I first put on the dress (a battle that I didn’t even try to fight in the photos of the back of the dress)! But, just try to find the stitching for the neckline facing! As lightweight as it might be, this fabric still has no problem hiding a blind stitch. And, it’s incredibly soft.

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

I did have a bit of a problem at first with the blind stitches in my skirt and sleeve hems. After wearing the dress for a day, I realized that I’d pulled the hem stitches too tight when hand sewing them.  I loosened them and restitched where I needed to, and while you may be able to see a hint of hem here, it’s so much better than it was.

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

The pattern actually suggests that you can wear the dress backwards.  Above is the back as the back, and below is the back as the front (with me messing with the hem since this dress currently hits mid-calf, and I hoped these photos would be helpful for me to get an idea of proportion if I wanted to think about different lengths for future versions!).

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

Above the knee, or just below the knee?

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

And now here’s the front as the back.

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

I pretty much followed every step of the instructions exactly as they were written since I wanted to take full advantage of having an original DVF pattern in my hands while I could (it’s already back safe and sound with my friend!). Instead of being serged, each exposed seam was stitched twice, with the second pass through a quarter inch into the seam allowance, and then trimmed. The waist and shoulder seams were stabilized. I don’t mind the waist having no give (though stabilizing the waist seam with clear elastic might feel a bit more comfortable since the elastic would allow for a the little bit of give), but I didn’t put enough give in the seam in the waist ties, and that does bother me.  I used a medium-width zigzag stitch to sew the length of the tie, but maybe I should have gone for an even stretchier stitch instead?

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

The facing, skirt hem, sleeve hems, and little windows for the wrap ties to poke through are blind stitched down, which made for a lot of blind stitching to finish off this dress.

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

I’m actually pleasantly surprised to find that I like this style of dress more than I thought I might. I’m still deciding how I like wearing it though – forwards or backwards, with or without camisole?  As for the latter, I know this dress is not exactly meant to be modest (I mean, one little tug on the ties would result in a serious wardrobe malfunction!), but it’s definitely pushing my personal comfort level without a camisole underneath! I actually blame the “grading” that I did to my traced pattern.  The original pattern had a bust measurement 3″ larger than mine, so I read a bit about how to grade vintage patterns down and got to it. Perhaps I overestimated my abilities?!

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

Next time I want to use a thicker, more forgiving fabric; sew the ties to allow for more stretch; and take off a few inches of length. I also want to work a bit more on the fit of the bodice. What about you – are you a fan of the wrap dress? Any tips for how to get a good fit?

Sew Well - Vogue 1548 wrap dress made from #moodfabrics silk jersey

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  • Carly
    May 1, 2015

    I love it backwards. I never would have thought about that, but it looks great.

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks! I would have never thought about it either! Haha!

  • Peter
    May 1, 2015

    I think it’s beautiful — the drape, the color, the shape; it’s classic. Somehow I can’t wrap my mind around the backwards version though — but what do I know! LOL

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      To be honest, the first time I saw a photo from the back of me wearing this dress backwards, I was a bit freaked out. My shoulder blades gave off this weird awkward boob vibe, which made my head look like it was on backwards! I’m still getting over the shock!

  • sallie
    May 1, 2015

    I LOVE wrap dresses! And this color is so gorgeous on you! Such an amazing idea to wear it backwards too – that definitely helps with the modesty issue (as long as you’re okay showing a little back, that is). It’s like two dresses in one!

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks Sallie!

  • Amanda S.
    May 1, 2015

    I like it backwards if the neck weren’t so high. It’s just a little too covered as it is, since you’ve got long sleeves and a longer skirt. Just my 2 cents. Also I think if you had a cami that was more of a contrast, especially white, that the blue would pop even more. Without a cami is pretty too, especially for a date night. The color is incredible on you and I like the longer length for a little something different. How fun that you got to use that very coveted pattern!

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      I’ll have to try it with a different cami. I actually chose this one because it was my thinnest, and I was worried about glaring cami lines under the dress. But, after looking at the photos, I realized it was prone to grab and pull the silk jersey in weird ways, so it was already planning on trying to find a different one that worked. I’ll look for a nice white one!

  • Ginger
    May 1, 2015

    How pretty! This dress is so glamorous! I’ve never been into wrap dresses… I’m a little klutzy and uncoordinated and had an incident with a wrap skirt as a teenager that left me scarred. 🙂 But this is just so nice.

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Hahaha! I hear you! I can just see my daughter finding those tie pulls irresistible… !!!

  • Kate
    May 1, 2015

    I love the color and the dress. Great job. I like it both ways, but frontwards is best. 🙂 Kate

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks Kate. I like frontwards best, too. After trying it both ways, I think it wears better frontwards.

  • Lori
    May 2, 2015

    I love this dress on you and how fun to use the original DVF pattern. I like the dress both ways, great job.

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      I know! I couldn’t even believe I knew someone who’d let me borrow her original DVF pattern!!! I need to figure out some way to pay it forward!

  • Jennifer
    May 2, 2015

    Beautiful job on this. I love it both ways, but how does the set in sleeve feel when it is on the backwards way? I always thought that would only work on sleeveless pieces because of the extra room across the shoulder blades. Maybe it is because of the stretch?
    Lovely dress and gorgeous colour!

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      I didn’t notice anything about the feel of the set-in sleeves, but I do think the dress wears better forwards. It pulls in weird ways when I’m moving around when it’s on backwards. Maybe some tweaks to the fit would help, but I’m not sure I like it enough backwards to worry with it. It’s still fun though!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 3, 2015

    This is a beautiful remake of a vintage pattern and lucky you having a friend with the pattern to borrow – the prices of those make my eyes hurt!
    Beautiful colour on you.

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      I know! I can’t believe these patterns can be sold for such crazy amounts of money! I was just going to use a generic wrap dress pattern, as I could never have justified the purchase, but it’s fun to know I started with an original!

  • Fiona
    May 5, 2015

    An original DVF pattern, you lucky thing! The silk jersey is a stunning colour. I’m yet to try this type of fabric although I’ve always been tempted! I’m still getting to grips with knits and how differently they can behave despite similar descriptions and contents. You’ve done a beautiful job on this! I think I might actually prefer it backwards!

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks Fiona! And, don’t be nervous about silk jersey. It really is wonderful fabric. I think this particular one must be a blend or a lighter weight, and while it was nice, the others I’ve used have been fabulous! Try it!

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 6, 2015

    Beautiful, Amy and what a color for you! I’m not sure I could wear a dress backwards but you certainly can 🙂

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks Sarah! I could totally see you pulling off the classic wrap dress look (frontwards, of course!).

  • DebB
    May 6, 2015

    I think a wrap dress is flattering to most everyone. This looks especially lovely on you – that color is beautiful with your blonde hair! How generous of your friend to let you borrower her pattern!! I never knew you could wear that dress backwards – it really works on you. I think it would look lovely for you to add a wide wrap belt (leather!) to accentuate your slender waist. You are so lucky to have a long torso and small waist – use it to your advantage!

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks Deb! I’ll have to try that belt idea!

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 12, 2015

    Amazing color love this ……….

    • Amy
      May 13, 2015

      Thanks!!!

  • Amanda
    May 13, 2015

    I’ve had my eyeballs on Mood’s silk jersey for awhile, so it’s nice to know how it behaves in real life 🙂 I think this is lovely on you, any way you wear it, but I say definitely go for above the knee, for sure 🙂

  • Maartje
    May 14, 2015

    This color is stunning on you. The DVF pattern is perfect. Silk jersey is so difficult to sew and get to hang evenly. One trick is to let it hang a day or two before hemming. That allows any bias cuts to stretch.

  • Debra Smith
    May 29, 2015

    You have a lovely décolletage….go for it…if not now when?