Viscose Wrap Dress

Greetings :)

There is viscose and there is viscose. I am wearing viscose, more specifically Poppy Abstract Stretch Viscose from Mood Fabrics.

IMG_0042Upon reading the website’s fabric description as “wonderful for wrap dresses reminiscent of DVF,” I placed a quick order and found the description quite accurate.

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What is Viscose, you asked? For the scientific definition click here. Viscose, often labeled rayon is a regenerated cellulose fiber resulting somewhere in between a natural and synthetic fabric. I made my dress from a Viscose Jersey, knitted with 4% elastine.

Viscose quality can vary, but this viscose is cream of the crop ;)

My pattern is Vogue 8379, a wrap dress pattern I’ve sewn twice before. I briefly considered sewing a new pattern, but reached for the TNT since I like this pattern for so many reasons.

V8379 1. Notice the pleated bodice in the sketch below.  The pleats provide a beautiful fit in the bust without pulling or gaping.

V8379No pins or fashion tape are needed to keep this garment in place!

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2. The separate skirt and bodice pieces assure a great fit!

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3. The combination of the 81″  (207 cm) skirt sweep and weight of the viscose were a good match.

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When handled with care, viscose jersey is not difficult to sew.  I stabilized the hem, by applying a 1 1/2″ strip of Mood Fabric’s Marshmallow Polyester Weft Knit fusible interfacing along the lower edge.

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Next the hem was folded  along the upper edge of the interfacing.

IMG_0011After stitching a 1″ hem, I trimmed extremely close to the stitching line before finishing with an additional row of stitching.

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The result is a beautiful flat hem with absolutely no buckling or ripples,

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Until soon :)

 

 

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Comments


  • janet
    March 9, 2016

    I love it but then i always do like what you make.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    March 9, 2016

    Thank you so much Janet :)

  • Cheryl
    March 9, 2016

    Love it! I have this pattern and some nice fabric. Wondering what you did to keep the front from getting stretched as you sew. I recently made a top with a similar front and it stretched completely out of shape.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      March 9, 2016

      Hi Cheryl ~ Thanks so much for your comment! I recommend running a staystitch around the front and neckline to prevent the fabric from being stretched out of shape. Depending on the fabric I sometimes do this immediately after cutting and marking the fabric. Good luck with the dress :)

  • Marina G. Villalobos
    March 9, 2016

    Congratulations, you have demonstrated, once more, your great taste, fashion sense and wonderful sewing skills. I have this pattern in my stash but have never made it; I will now. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      March 9, 2016

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Marina! I hope you’ll give the pattern a try ;)

  • Erica Bunker
    March 9, 2016

    That dress is fabulous! I used this fabric for a jumpsuit last year and it is amazing! Thank you for letting me know it’s still available. I’m going to buy it in black and white.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      March 9, 2016

      Thanks, Erica! I can’t wait to see what you do with the black and white :)

  • Amy
    March 9, 2016

    You look ravishing! I made my first wrap dress about a year ago now, and you’ve got me excited about pulling out the pattern and adding another one to my closet. Especially now that I know your trick to a great looking hem. I hope you get a lot of dress out of your new dress. It really does look amazing on you.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    March 9, 2016

    Hi Amy ~ I remember your first wrap and it was a smashing success! You must try this hem finish next time around :)

  • Yvette Chilcott
    March 10, 2016

    Hi, first time visitor to your site, and I’ll be back. Your dress is lovely, and suits you perfectly.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    March 10, 2016

    Thank you so much, Yvette :)

  • Dara
    March 10, 2016

    Very Pretty!!

  • Marina G. Villalobos
    March 13, 2016

    I have a question for you. Did you eliminate any of the width in the skirt? I was reading posts on Pattern Review and most say, the skirt was too wide and they had to remove several inches from the width. In your photos, the skirt looks perfect.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 17, 2016

      Marina,
      Yes, I eliminated some of the skirt sweep the first time I made this dress in 2012. I forgot to mention this after permanently incorporating this change into the pattern four years ago. Sorry!

  • Amanda S.
    March 15, 2016

    Great dress Sarah! DVF would be proud!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 17, 2016

      LOL – I wouldn’t go that far, but I am pleased with the dress :)

  • Fiona
    March 21, 2016

    I have eyed up this fabric so many times thinking ‘wrap dress wrap dress!’ Sarah! I’m so pleased someone finally turned it into what it was meant to be.

  • Linda L
    March 25, 2016

    Lovely!