Autumnal Faux Wrap Dress
Posted on Friday the 11th September 2020 by Jessalli Handmade
How are you all? I’m back this month with a really lovely make. I’ve been really enjoying wearing long flowey dresses lately. And as we transition into autumn, I’ve been adding a little extra layer underneath so it’s great for transitional, seasonal clothing. So with that in mind, I wanted another nice dress to wear for any occasion.
The pattern I chose was the McCalls 7894 faux wrap dress. The reason I chose it was I wanted the faux wrap, but I loved the added details of the curved seams and the frill. I only modified the pattern slightly. I made view D, but I scrapped the extra thinner frills as I didn’t want it to be too over the top. I’m so happy with the style of it, but the fit was tricky. I ended up shortening the entire bodice by 1.5”. The bodice is a little wide on me. I like looser fit items, and if it was any tighter I know I wouldn’t be able to get it on and off, but it does look slightly unbalanced if I put my hands on my hips. The style is definitely beautiful, and I think I will make another. I might just tweak the bodice a teeny bit more next time. One last thing is that the pattern does come up bigger. Even with measuring myself, the ease is a little off.
The fabric is this Burnt Orange Viscose Twill Crepe Fabric
. It’s so soft and drapey. If you use it, be careful not to ‘iron’ it as it stretches out very easily. I had this problem mainly on the curved pattern pieces. A steamy press downwards is the best way. The fabric has that beautiful twill effect but on a much more flowey fabric. The colour in particular is gorgeous and I’m all about autumnal shades at this time of year.
So my summary; The pattern is fun to do, but may need some tweaking. Be prepared to make a toile of the bodice to check the fit. The fabric is a total winner and I also think a pair of palazzo pants in that fabric would be gorgeous.
I hope you like what I made this month. I’m so happy with it. Keep well, keep safe and keep sewing. Happy Handmade everyone!