Finally!!! There were a lot of things that got in the way of me finishing this dress, but it is DONE!
For awhile, I’ve been thinking about making a teal wrap dress…but let’s be real here. I live in Kansas. It’s windy and wrap dresses aren’t the smartest. So then I decided to make a faux wrap dress. As I was going through the dress stash, I remembered that I had traced off the cosmopolitan MANY years ago.
I traced it off, then read some of reviews of people having issues with hot patterns…and I put it away without making it up. Now….my skills are much better and I know that with a few muslins and the help of nice people on the internet, I can generally tackle most problems. I pulled it out and saw that I had traced an 8. Given my most recent experience with a couple of other hot patterns lately, I decided to scrap that and trace off a 6.
I wanted to make the crossover version and I ultimately decided on the scarf sleeve even though I debated a lot on that one. I had this teal fabric in the stash and I had a lot of it, so I decided that it would be perfect.
I still have enough left for possibly 2 dresses. And…here’s the dress!
Overall, I’m happy with it. I like how it turned out. I did a serge and turn treatment on the neckline, which I’m reasonably happy with. I topstitched the belt, but I used a zigzag so I didn’t have popped stitches all the time. here’s a close up of the belt.
For the sleeves, I hemmed them with mitered corners as discussed on The Sewing Diva’s blog post here: https://thesewingdivas.wordpress.com/2008/04/30/mitered-hem-hp-cosmopolitan-dress/.This worked out well, although I could use some practice doing it. Here’s a close up of my one sleeve point.
The front was a little low (despite me raising it an inch and a half or so, so I have sewed a little tack on to keep it closed. I’d sooner have a tack than be worked about my bra showing! I did end up doing some pretty big alterations and adjustments on the fly at the end. At the pattern stage, I removed a healthy dart from the center front of the crossover. Then, as I was testing the fit as I was putting it together, I realized that the center front was still too long and a droop was being created, so I removed more length there. Then, once it was all put together, I removed about 4 inches total from the waist to the underarms. My fabric was very stretchy, so I think this contributed to so much needing to be removed. But…all’s well that ends well. :) I’m pleased with it!
I have a thick red textured knit in the stash and I was contemplating making the other version from it while I have the pattern pulled out. This dress would go together REALLY quickly now that I’ve made one and have the pattern adjusted. I may mess around with fitting the bodice of the scoop neck version tomorrow. :)