Next up: Butterick wrap dress

- work in progress

It’s wrap dress time again! Last time I did a wrap dress was in 2011 and I loved that project, because I really put a lot of effort into studying the construction of the classic DVF wrap dress and then tried to do something similar using an Onion wrap dress pattern.

I loved the fabric and the fit of bodice, but in hindsight I should have made the skirt flared because it sits a bit tight on the tummy.

This is long winded way to say that this time I will try something a little different, but still in the sprit of DVF.

An original DVF wrap dress.

So the plan is to  hack the Butterick B5030 pattern to make it more similar to a DVF dress. But it will require a lot of alterations:

  • The sleeves are too big on the Butterick pattern
  • The shoulder seam needs to be shorter so that it ends on the shoulder point.
  • The collar looks a bit too big
  • I don’t like how the sleeve cuffs stands out, I want them to sit tighter
  • I will taper in the skirt a bit to make it slightly less full
  • I will probably need to go down one size since this pattern is also drafted for woven fabrics, so I suspect some extra ease overall.

Man, why did I even buy this pattern, lol! The main reason was the darts actually. The knit I’m using is quite thick so darts are an option and they do make a difference when it comes to the fit on knits for sure. Also I like the fuller skirt and the version with a yoke at the shoulder is really pretty too. Plus it is always nice to study construction methods in different patterns. The fabric is amazing the way, from the Italian design company Iceberg and so thick and gorgeous, not some cheap, clingy and flimsy lycra jersey.

I will report back once I get going with this and show some assembly procedures and stuff. And if you want to know more about the wrap dress project and how I nearly bought a 90 dollar pattern (!) check out my video about sewing designer dresses.

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  • Reply
    Faye Lewis
    June 29, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I was such a fan of your 2011 wrap dress and all of the research that you shared when making it. I can’t wait to see this year’s version too.

    • Reply
      June 30, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Thank you! I will document the process for sure and share the inner workings

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