The Ultimate Floral Wrap Dress
Posted on Tuesday the 14th July 2020 by Saturday Night Stitch
A wrap dress is the epitome of versatility. I love how they are easy to dress up and down. Plus add in the comfort factor and its a wonder that I have been on wrap dress sewing spree of late. Following hot on the heels of my viscose jersey Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress from last month – I have another wrap dress to share with you.
This wrap dress, unlike the previous one, is sewn with a woven cotton lawn fabric. The large scale print on the finely woven cotton lawn fabric is a delight to behold. Light and airy with a touch as smooth as summer cherries. I was attracted to the fabric because it shouts “Summer” loud and proud from the rooftops.
Cotton lawn is a lightweight fabric that holds a crease beautifully and suits to such garments as shirts and dresses. I was torn over what to sew with this beautiful fabric that for days I had it draped over my stand clothes rail and I enjoyed the sight of it first thing when I woke up and the last thing before I slept.
It eventually took the form of a wrap dress, based on a dress pattern that I have already sewn up, worn many a time and love. This style has a vintage feel and vibe that I adore in summer months. Cotton lawn is so fine that it keeps you cool on hot days.
I washed the fabric in a mild 30-degree cycle and tumble dried. It irons very well and needed lightweight woven interfacing to keep its crisp airiness. I would highly recommend using woven fusible interfacing on cotton lawn for the best results.
The pattern is from PatternEasy - a site that sells digital PDFS. I like their fashion-forward designs. The patterns come without seam allowances, which is my preferred mode of sewing. I have sewn with their patterns for years and the fit is always true to size.
This dress sews up well. The instructions are translated into English however things get lost in translation. If you are new to sewing then this may be a challenge. For the more experienced seamstress who rarely need to look at instructions to sew up a garment, then this will be a fun sew.
I lined the bodice with the same fabric. The pockets are one of the best features of this dress – they are deep and located at the sides. They are functional and practical while adding a key design aesthetic for the dress. The pockets are meant to stick out like that but you can easily sew them to remove the excess fabric to make them lay flat. I did that with the other wrap dress I sewed.
This dress couldn't have turned out better. I love wearing it out and about with sandals and flip flops. Making a wrap dress in a bold print is a great choice because the print does all the styling! Just pop it on, tie up the dress and voila! Bright floral prints can also be used as lining for blazers or jackets – I’d love to try that as a way to keep reminders of summer during winter. In the meantime though I shall keep frolicking in summer meadoew in my ultimate floral wrap dress!