It’s the dress every other sewing enthusiast has already made: Vogue 8379 wrap front dress. I had to buy the pattern after all the rave reviews, especially The Selfish Seamstress’, but it took ages to actually make one. Again, I wasn’t sure this would suit me. The people I think especially rock this dress have fuller figures than mine.
It is a VERY comfortable dress.
* as mentioned, this dress is SUPER comfortable
* hardly any pattern modifications required
* the wind can blow but the skirt wraps enough that modesty is preserved
* while sewing it, I loved the soft pleats in the bodice which I thought added interest. Now I think they just add weird bunching in places I don’t want bunching. Boo.
* the front hemline drops a little at the tie, and that really bugs me. You can see it in the above picture. I am SO CAREFUL to tie the wrap well, but the skirt still sags…
* I don’t absolutely love how the tie crosses over itself at the back. I probably prefer a single layer of tie.
* I added 1.5cm in length to the bodice length. Other reviewers mentioned it being a bit short in the bodice. Mine sits perfectly at my waist.
* I shortened the sleeves and left the sleeve band off. I had planned to sew it, but there was just SO MUCH GREEN!
Now I have a confession. One reason it has taken SO LONG for me to do this post is because I had some photo issues. Here is one of the original photos. I was wearing the dress to a school band concert. I DO like the dress with boots for me.
Check OUT the funky shadow behind me on the wall. It’s like I am only masquerading as a woman but I am really a gargoyle!
I like it; I do. But I am not sold on the pleats. I might try another version without them.