Hi everyone, it's Kathy here and it's time to share with you my latest make for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Summer is fast approaching and we have been treated to some warmer temperatures just lately so this is the perfect time to make my very first floaty wrap dress. 
I used McCalls M7406 - which is a fitted dress with a choice of skirt lengths, hems and sleeve variations. 
I cannot believe that I have never made a wrap dress before. I have a wardrobe bulging at the seams with handmade dresses, but until now - no wrap versions. I'm pretty sure this will soon change, because as soon as I put this dress on, I loved it. 
As you can see I opted to make the knee length dress (view A), and I also was desperate to make the flutter sleeves as I have seen lots of these on the internet and I think they look amazing on a wrap dress. With this pattern you also have the option to make a sleeveless, or long sleeved dress and you can also choose a maxi length or a hi-lo hem finish. Although the dress sits at my knee, I did only take up the tiniest of hems, something you might want to be aware of if you are any taller than my 5'2" height.
How pretty are the sleeves! I feel like they make quite a statement but are very 'fluttery' so you will get a glimpse of the inside of it when you move or raise your arm. Make sure the inside of your sleeves are neatly finished and hemmed as this will be visible from time to time.
The pattern calls for lightweight fabrics such as crepe, challis, cotton blends and even stable knits, and I am chuffed with the wonderful floral Crepe Fabric that I chose. Anybody who knows me will realise that I am a big fan of floral fabrics, but I have never used one set against a black background before, and it is super pretty I think. It's quite busy in terms of the floral print, but you can never have too many flowers in my opinion!
I made no alterations to the pattern at all. It came together straight from the packet beautifully. The back neckline of the dress is neatly finished with bias binding. I chose a black Satin Bias for this and I love how nicely it looks (from the inside)! I also adore the belt, and the carriers that you make to thread it through. Some wrap dresses have the belt pieces attached to the actual dress, but this is a separate belt piece and it's worth noting that it is a lovely long length, as I enjoy a large bow and there is plenty of belt to do this!
The dress is secured inside using Ribbons. Such a great feature and gives you the confidence that it is not going to slip open at any time. However the outer wrap is only held in place by the belt when it is tied, and I did feel that this might slip during wear, not too much of a problem as the wrap underneath is tightly held with the ribbon, but when it slips it allows the hem of the front wrap to dip a little. So a little adjustment I might make would be to pop a fastening at around the waist level on the outer wrap just to give it a little security. It also has a hook and eye at the neckline to stop this from gaping.
I am so hoping for good weather this Summer, as I want to wear this dress lots! It is also the perfect addition to your holiday wardrobe - lightweight and it doesn't crease easily so is perfect for taking away on your foreign adventures.
Thank you so much to Minerva Crafts as always for such fabulous supplies, I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts and I look forward to seeing you again at the beginning of next month.
Take care and happy sewing! 
Kathy x