Learning to Wrap up those Stripes
I know the wrap dress has been a timeless trend for a long time, but I have always felt that my body shape was not right for the garment, until recently. Since I have vowed to make more of my own clothes, I've taken the necessary steps to research what garments would work best for my body type. In my research lo & behold, the wrap dress is at the top of the list.
Some of the things I have learned about wrap dresses are:
1. vertical and diagonal lines are more slimming;
2. gives the illusion of lifting the bust and creating an hour-glass figure
3. can be accessorized with a wide belt instead of a sash;
4. the most versatile outfit for work and play;
5. has been around for centuries, like the kimono and toga, but as time moved on the wrap dress was streamlined; and
6. notably, Diane von Furstenberg, revolutionized the wrap dress creating the illusion of a more womanly shape, recognizing the importance of a garment that would work for various body shapes.
So I have started on my first dress project, I must also admit Toya & Adrienne, have inspired me tremendously and these young ladies are on a roll - check them out.
Fabric: multi-stripe knit
I've managed to cut & baste stitch all the pieces and assembled it. I cut a size 16 and after trying it on must adjust it for a size 14, which should be an easy adjustment. I didn't realize the sleeves had pleats in them and wish not to use them, so I will use the sleeves from Version A and make them short-sleeves. Also, the stripes on the bodice are not lining up with the skirt part and with Liana's help, I've decided to remove the baste stitching and adjust it. Since there is a layer over the skirt part to mimic the wrap, I'm figuring I will work that piece, although the dress will always be worn with a belt. Definitely, in the future I will keep a mental note about making sure my stripes are aligned.
Baste Stitched Version