Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wrap Dress (Onion 2037)

After posting about this semi-fail dress, a reader suggested trying out the wrap dress by the pattern company Onion (I can't find a webpage, but you can purchase pattern 2037 here or here).  After dragging my feet about buying another dress pattern, I bit the bullet when I found this lovely Stenzo cotton/ lycra fabric from L'oiseau Fabrics.  It just seemed like the most perfect fabric for a Fall wrap dress.
As I expected, the pattern directions are all in Danish, with no English translation (that I could find, though I've read rumors...) and no drawings.  After extensive online research about the construction of the neckline/ wrap tie junction, a couple hints here and there helped me along (which I can't find now...ergh).
The pattern was quick and easy, and well drafted.  There are some fit adjustments I have to make for my own shape, but I can definitely see many more of these in my future (especially since I just bought a new serger...I'll make introductions when she arrives and impresses me :)  The only changes I made are to reduce the sleeves to 3/4 length.
The neckline is a wide band, which I completely love.  Feels nice and secure (reduced the length by about an inch to make sure it was snug), though it could maybe be pulled a little tighter at the back neckline--we'll see after I wash it.
There is a small opening in the side seam of the dress (I put it on the right side) and the ties wrap around twice, ending up in the back--makes a bit of a waistband in the front, which I like a lot.
I love the feel, weight and quality of this fabric.  I'll be definitely be buying more Stenzo knits...probably for another one of these dresses :)
Sewing Resewlution 2014, November garment #2

Oh, the trouser pattern and garment are done for pattern drafting class (actually,  I sewed two pairs of wool trousers this week using that pattern) and submitted for grading...photos soon!  
(my sleeves are equal length, don't worry!)




11 comments:

  1. Love the dress! Really pretty.

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  2. Lovely combo. You're right, those colours are so perfect for autumn. I've been tempted by this pattern too. I'd love a wrap dress in silk jersery.....

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  3. Looks very comfy and is flattering on you! Love a good wrap dress - I have a wool knit black one that works for so many occasions.

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  4. Very cute and perfect on you. I really like the wideband neckline!

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  5. very pretty. great look on you.

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  6. This is very beautiful on you and lovely colors!

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  7. Oh! I like this one. If the pattern from the Famous Frocks LBD book doesn't work out, I'll have to check out this one!

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  8. Wow, well done. Foreign language sewing with no diagrams sounds daunting!
    It's a great dress and you look smashing in it.

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  9. I love wrap dresses and this one looks great!

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  10. I love wrap dresses. This is a great print. I'm pretty tentative with knits still, but the more I see beautiful dresses like this, the more I'm inspired to dive in.

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  11. That is uber cute!

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