Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Blue Cotton Wrap Dress


A fun modern pattern (Butterick 5030) in a simple wrap shape.

This cotton is a little stiff to drape well for this dress, but I do love the print. I made the sash to wear with it, but it's not necessary. And if you leave it off,


then you can enjoy the fun button that closes the waist.

I did have to put major darts in the neckline to keep it from gaping enormously. I didn't realize they would be needed until after I put the facings in (hear me sighing as I rip out stitching). It's fine for messing around in, but I won't be wearing it to meet the queen.

18 comments:

Rebecca said...

Oh, I love the blue and red! Quite fetching!

Lisa said...

Cute dress. I agree, the print of the fabric is wonderful. And by the way, what exactly will you wear to meet the queen?

Tracy said...

Despite all your frustration I think the dress looks beautiful.

What a wonderful pattern ~ I particularly like view B & C with the gathered shoulders....mmmmm.

When you're shopping for fabric for clothing do you simply look for prints or patterns that catch your eye, or do you have preferences about the type of fabric you buy as well (ie cotton or polyester, or a mix etc)

aiyna said...

This dress is very beautiful. You made a very nice pattern. Wrap yourself invigorating color. Wrap Dress is a delight to the senses. Soft organic cotton is dyed in vibrant shades.
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Sian Draycott said...

I absolutely love it! You shoudl do some more and put them in the shop.
Sian.
xxx

~Karen~ said...

I "hear" the frustration in your voice and feel your pain! I just spent yesterday evening trying to match up bodice/skirt seams with a very demanding zipper. I'm about ready to toss the whole thing and get a new pattern.
Your dress turned out beautifully, and that button is just too cute.

jill said...

very pretty anna---love all your dresses!!

Sarah Jane said...

Ooh, I LOVE it! I have been admiring that pattern and now I really want to get it and make a few dresses from it. It looks like it would make a practical dress to wear with a nursing infant which I will have quite soon. I love the darling little button at the waist! Too cute!

Lisateresa said...

Anna, I think you ARE the queen....
:)

Ways of Zion said...

you have inspired me to get sewing again.

Unfortunately my last project was a disgrace...copied my fav skirt...so simple right? turned out too big in the waist and way way WAY too tight on the hips...oiy!

Sally said...

I, too, have encountered gaping necklines where the fit is otherwise good. My dressform helps me the most with that adjustment. I just made Simplicity 3875 yesterday, and I actually sewed down the overlap part of the neck just to keep it from hanging open. I used a busy print, so I don't think it will be obvious I did that.

Love your dress and most especially the print you used!

Tammy (Mom to this crazy bunch) said...

Very nice dress. I love the pattern.

Janel said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely. You always have the sweetest buttons!

Mrs. MK said...

Very nice!! The pattern looks quite flattering!

Ella said...

Wow, that is beautiful Anna! I absolutely adore the charming blue print and the sash.

Lovely photos!

~Johanna (from the S&S forum:))

BankingPennies said...

It is a sweet dress! The colors are beautiufl.

Linda said...

I love it! Love the style; love the fabric. If I could sew, I'd run right out and get that pattern.

susan_ss@hotmail said...

this dress is simply lovely! I found it while googling Cotton Wrap Dresses ... i think the cotton is perfectly stiff to stand firmly - you should make more and sell them, it will be a popular buy for curvy women who need structure in the fabric

Check out a designer version which sells for hundreds and another popular seller on metrostyle which is a stiff plain mono colour. Your version with the detailed fabric and detail buttons would retail about $150-200 in a department store

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117962832.html
Diane von Furstenberg Utility Wrap Dress, $425; at Neimanmarcus.com

http://www.metrostyle.com/womens-clothing/mock-wrap-dress-stretch-poplin-french-1.shtml

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