Here’s another fullish skirted dress for DD. Her knee is improving, but the brace and crutches are still her daily accessories. Tomorrow is back-to-school night at the high school where she teaches. On Sunday, she asked if I had any fabric in the school's colors, green (and black), and if I’d have time to make her favorite “wrap” dress. Well, of course! Hello stash. I pulled out two fabrics and e-mailed photos to her. The first one I purchased at Spandex House in NYC last July, the second one has been in my stash for about a year.
She liked both, but thought the green/white would be best on an evening that might be pretty warm. I love this fabric. I bought it from Fabric.com for $4.80 per yard in May, 2011, because it reminded me of the fabric in a 70s DVF wrap.
|Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
I’ve always loved this look and this fabric. Yes, my fabric is different, but, still, it reminds me of the original. For this dress, I made another McCall’s 5974, because although I love a wrap dress, it is a pain to make sure things stay closed! This is a size 12 with my usual adjustments: 3 inches added to length of skirt, 1 to bodice, bound neckline, coverstitched hems for the skirt and sleeve, coverstitched binding at neckline, no zipper, sleeves sewn in flat, and shoulder seams stabilized.
I cut out the fabric Sunday night, worked on it until 11:00 p.m. that night, and spent another hour on it before work Monday morning. After work, I had 45 minutes to sew before I left for my night class and then finished the dress when I got home after work Tuesday night. Phew!--but well in time for Thursday's back-to-school event. Now all I have to do is meet up with DD and, hopefully, snap a few pix of her in the dress.
This is the 4th time I’ve made this dress and I absolutely love it. It is stylish and comfortable, plus I don’t think it looks Becky home-ecky. I plan to make several more versions (why not?) and would love to find a good leopard or cheetah print for it too.
Up next? Another Simplicity 2444 for DD, this time in a lightweight denim. It’s ready to go—I just need to hem it and tack down the facings.
How about you? Do you wear wrap dresses or mock-wrap dresses?
Until next time...Happy sewing! ~ Peggy