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!
Of 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 Fürstenberg 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 🙂 Ha!
I’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 déjà 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 🙂 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!
Everything 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 🙂 And this one was pretty simple – I think I was done in less than 3 hours! Gotta love knits 🙂
I’m going to refrain from ending this post with something cheesy like, “That’s a wrap!”
Oh, wait. Dangit.