I don't own a wrap dress. They are supposed to be the most flattering dress ever but for people short in the body like me I look strangely trussed up like a chicken. So when I saw a wrap dress in my new sewing book Gertie Sews Vintage Casual which looked a bit different, I dived straight in.

I liked the shift dress style silhouette and used my fabric choice for this month from Minerva to choose a vintage old school floral design with a subtle grey background. It is a Cotton Lawn Fabric and is very fine, slightly sheer in fact. Unfortunately all 4 colours have sold out at Minerva by the time you will read this. I wanted this to be a dress to wear when it is so hot you don't really want to wear anything but society permits that you cover your bum. It has a feather light feel to it and I loved it as soon as it arrived.

I cut a size 12 but the photo in the book was a bit misleading in terms of the skirt. It had a gathered skirt at the back and sides and that really did nothing for me! It stuck out at the hips and made my bum look huge. I don't mind a voluptuous bottom but gathers at the side gave it no shape - it just ended up looking too big all over.

The front gaped really badly so I knew I needed to shorten the bodice even more. I set about putting it right. I took out all the skirt gathers and added darts to match the ones on the front and back body. I also made these longer and deeper to take some of the gape out of the bust. In the end I added a side zip and sewed all the front parts down to my measurements. I put it on like a shift dress so essentially it is a faux wrap dress now.

This project epitomises the reason I like to make my own clothes. I could never buy this and no one else will be wearing one, it is all mine and fits only my body.

Thanks Minerva for my August summer dress. Jo x