Sunday, September 24, 2017

Reversible wrap dress in stretch rayon

The temps have dipped a teeny bit and school starts on Monday; for the moment the Bay Area feels like Fall!  This amazing sea green and black fabric, a medium-weight stretch rayon, felt like a gorgeous choice for a new cooler-weather dress.
Since the style is always flattering and effortless, I chose a vintage Diane von Furstenburg wrap dress design (Vogue 1548). The pattern envelope suggests that the dress can be worn with the wrap in the front or the back, but truthfully I kind of chuckled at the idea of wearing it "backwards". However, after trying it on both ways, I was convinced; the deep-v in the back is just so striking! 
The fabric has a glorious weight to it, and coupled with the busy print, all bumps and lumps are well hidden.  
To get a decent fit, I made some petite adjustments to the pattern.  First up, I shortened the bodice at the midriff by about 1".  I'm not sure I did it quite right as the wrap "front" gapes a tiny bit, but I think I can adjust that for the future.  Then, I hacked off about 5"of the hem since I prefer an above-knee length.  And while it wasn't a fit issue, I reduced the sleeve from full to 3/4 length, which is just my own personal preference.  
This dress is definitely business in the front, party in the back...but unfortunately, that's enough "party" to make it not at all work appropriate (at least in MY line of work :).  It looks so subdued from the front, doesn't it?

But wait!  While I prefer the "backwards" version, it can also be worn with the wrap in the front!
Somehow, this version is still not exactly work-appropriate either (I suspect that might be DVF's intention!) but is also very lovely.  Perhaps a cami would make it suitable?  Or a snap to keep the wrap at a decent depth?

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with my new probably not-for-work dress.  I can always use something fun for evenings out!  Happy Fall!
My most sincere thanks to Britex for the lovely fabric.  I know it's been crazy over there with the upcoming move, but we're all so grateful that Britex is staying in the city!