Sunday, October 9, 2011

Faux Wrap!?!

October is here!! We are so close to Christmas that I am already feeling festive. Imagine I already have a pattern in mind for a dress to wear to our Christmas service at church. I also have some projects lined up that I cant wait to try and I have been to quite a few fabric stores literally hunting for the perfect prints to create my masterpieces. LOL!! 

For this month though I would like to complete at least four projects, and this is the first of those. I will also give you guys and gals a sneak peek of two of the other pieces of fabric that I have waiting for transformation. :)

Simplicity 4074

I must say this pattern really tricked me into believing it was a wrap dress pattern but it turned out not to be so I was a bit disappointed about that. After coming to terms with the realization that it is not a real wrap dress, I am pleased with the way it did turned out. I made view B with the sash which I believe was G. I opted out of the 3/4 sleeve though and decided to go with a puff sleeve instead...I think this is my favorite sleeve-type ever!! 

(I should have stood up straight, just as my mom always says too!! LOL)

Fabric Cost: 
Total: US$ 9.33 

Time to complete garment:
I spent about eight hours from fabric cutting to final stitch.

Pattern Description: 
Knit Dress with front variations

Pattern Sizing:
Size 6-14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
Yes it did, but I changed the sleeve as mentioned before. Besides it being hot as hell in Trinidad these days, I prefer short sleeves to longer ones. I thought the change of sleeve pattern took the dress up a notch. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I chose size 12. For all the Simplicity and New Look patterns I've sewn thus far I seam to be a size 12. Yes most of the instructions were easy to follow. When I got to the part with the collar, though, I doubted that the way I understood the directions is the way it was really to be done. So I mess around for quite some time before actually completing this step. But other than that little confusion, the directions were okay.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the pleats at the shoulder seams.

Fabric Used:
Patterned knit jersey. A little tip, when sewing knits: starch the ends of the fabric before sewing, it keeps the ends from rolling in.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I changed the sleeves as mentioned before. I also shortened the dress quite a bit to get it to fall above my knee.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Not really, one dress in this style is sufficient for a wardrobe. Yes I would recommend it, if you are looking for a "faux wrap" dress, instead of a real wrap.

Its a good pattern and it was easy to construct but I was disappointed with it not being a wrap.

As promised: Sneak Peek...

So until I write again, happy reading and thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love your fabric (Purple IS my favorite color, after all!) and you make me want to pull out this pattern from my stash. Cute sleeves, reminds me that I'm working out of the office lately so no AC. Hot as hell here too, LOL! I'm so glad to have found your blog as there are few island bloggers out there, it seems...

  2. great dress, love the colors. looks great on you. looking forward to more of your creations for warm weather - my preferred season :)

  3. Love it, love it, love it!!! I also put comments on your pattern review! Great job!

  4. What a cute, cute dress! and you wear it soooo well! I like the style of this dress and your fabric choice is perfect! Nice work!

  5. Thanks lovely ladies for your wonderful compliments!!

  6. Really nice job girl. I need to get a few tailored outfits made. A A! Great fabric choice for that pattern. I also love the colors on the fabric with brown n blue. YGG!

  7. Tricia, that color is amazing on you! The dress is so flattering and I love those sleeves.

  8. You like the same style prints and colors that I do. I love it. I also think that even though you wanted a real wrap dress, the faux wrap dresses take a whole lot less fabric, which is nice.

  9. I love your dress and the colour really suits you. Fantastic choice.