So my Dita Von Teese inspired wrap dress was such a success for the summer, I’ve decided to go a winter version. This is a traditional style wrap dress, it actually ties closed, unlike the other one which was a faux wrap. I honestly have no idea how long this took because I worked on it in like 15 or 30 minutes chunks when I had the time.
To start out I found this amazing knit at G Street for $3/yard. With my Living Social deal my purchase was ½ off ($25 for $50), so it was basically $1.50/yard. It’s a panel- print knit called “Bunny” and it has a pretty good weight to it; almost like a light sweater. I needed 3.5 yards because of the panel. So I made this dress for $5.25 + a closure. Pretty darn good.
****Before I go on I want to make a note: Even though we are working with a knit, I don’t recommend using elastic thread. It will bunch/ruffle the fabric and we want smooth seams. So instead use a small zig-zag. *****Oh and all seams are 0.5”*****
Here are the measurements you’ll need:
1. Cut two (opposite of each other) as follows:
2. For the upper back, cut 1:
3. For the skirt panels, cut 3:
4. The ties: cut 4
5. Sew ties together, turn right-side out, top stitch. Now you’ll have to strips
6. Assemble the panels, attach the skirt to the top, pleating in the excess in the skirt.
7. Sew Front panels to back panel at shoulder.
8. Trace arm hole, add seam allowance. Cut two as follows:
9. Sew front right panel to back panel along side seam.
10. Pin one tie strap in place on back panel at left side seam. Then sew together back panel, tie strap and front left panel along seam.
11. Pin sleeve to dress, sew
12. Finish the neckline/side seams by rolling the edge
13. Hem the bottom
14. Attach the second tie strap to the outer edge of the right front panel
15. Attach hooks on the outer left panel and on the side seam which attaches the right front panel to the back panel. This is so when you put the dress on the left panel will stay secured with the hooks and the right panel is tied in place.
And that’s it!