Friday, February 26, 2016

Wrapping it up

Aka the Appleton Dress. I love the looks of a wrap dress, but never have gotten around to making one. I'm a little scared of them, the exposure that is.  But after reading the pattern description - different cup sizes, no gaping in the neckline, play up your curves! Yes, please.

It still took a little bit of time to get around to sewing it. In the interim, I read all the reviews I could find. I found them mostly favorable with several mentions of being short-waisted. Since I am short-waisted, I decided to sew as is the first time to determine where it fell on me.  I should have done some measuring and math to figure it out before I cut, but I was tired and in a brain fog.

For the record I am 5' 10" and my back nape-to-waist measurement is approximately 14.5". My other measurements put me pretty squarely in the a size 12 C/D cup and size 14 from the waist down. There is a suggestion in the directions that to get more coverage in the bust area, go up a cup size. After checking out how much negative ease is built into this pattern, I went with a size 14 E/F in the shoulders and bust, and graded out to a 16 from the waist down.  I also added about 5" to the length at the hem.

Overall I am pretty happy with my dress.  Even for as short-waisted as I am, I felt like I was constantly needing to tug the ties down into a more comfortable spot.  So on the next make I will add about an 1" just above the waist to get it in the right spot. And I made the long-sleeved version, which was not quite long enough. It's okay, because I tend to shove my sleeves up, but it's something to keep in mind.
The most difficult thing about this dress was the fabric I chose.  It was probably the most slippery, thin, and rolled on every edge.... maybe a slight exaggeration.  But I will look for a slightly beefier fabric next time.  The pattern went together very well otherwise.

I think it is a flattering fit and I have received several unsolicited compliments while wearing it.  Can't beat that and I am off to make at least one more.

Happy Sewing, Suzanne

P.S. I am still scared of them.  Thank goodness for tights, while crossing the parking lot and catching an unexpected gust of wind, I probably showed quite a few people more than they wanted to see. So next time I will also see about extending the "wrap" portion of my dress.


  1. Hi, love your make!! As far as the "wrap flap" goes you might try what the Scots do with the kilt which is pin it. The trick is you only pin the top layer. It's the weight that keeps it from flaping! Keep up the beautiful sews!

  2. Thanks for the lovely compliment and the tip!!