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little red (wrap) dress

Added May 12, 2011

by zranitelna

Berlin, Germany






This is my brand new “little red” dress. It´s based on the Hope Wrap Dress by erdronen. I thought of making a red dress and found some jersey with this fantastic red color (and lilac too, so the second dress will follow). A wrap dress pattern was just the right one. So thank you, erdronen, you´ve made my day. The sewing took actually two days, mainly because the fabric was a little transparent so I had to buy some more and make two layers.
So the dress is lined with the second layer of jersey. That´s also why I didn´t used bias tape, only for the ties. The pattern is great and very easy. I made it a little bigger (it´s 34 in original) and let out the sleeves since I wanted a summer dress. You can wear the shoulder part in two different ways. Since I used the second layer for lining there´s nearly no visible stiching. Also because I used some miraculous tape for the bottom – no idea how you call it in english – which I didn´t know before. You just need to iron it on the edge of the fabric and than fold and iron again – no need for stiching. Just great! I just hope it will hold :)

Material Notes

2,30 m of red jersey, “magical” tape




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    Jun 2, 2011, 04.03 AMby sososhanel05

    This is really great! I hope mine comes out anywhere close to this! :)

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    May 21, 2011, 12.31 PMby zranitelna

    Thanks everybody for your kind words. You made me really happy :)

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    May 20, 2011, 09.54 PMby chuichoy

    wow love your version especially the red, it looks very classy and great on you :)

    do you mind my asking, when you used that pattern was the seam allowance included or did you have to add it yourself?

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      May 21, 2011, 12.28 PMby zranitelna

      thank you very much.
      that´s a good question.. that´s how I made the pattern bigger – I needed ca. 36 so I added the seam allowance (in original it´s allready included how I understood). I also added ca. 0,8 cm on the front parts (front seams) because I was affraid the neckline could be too open and I preffer rather sexy color than sexy skin :) (also all my skirts go to the knees). so I sewed next to the original seam. you can also bind it tight or loose and make it a little bigger or smaller in this way.

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    May 15, 2011, 01.15 PMby suechtique

    I printed this pattern out already last year and somehow i forgot i have it on my to sew list. Thanks for remind me and your dress is really beautiful. I love red and without sleeves too.

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    May 14, 2011, 11.06 PMby smallone

    love your version of this great pattern…the way you’ve done the bodice is really clean …..I made a long sleve version in black a while back….it gets worn a lot :)

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    May 13, 2011, 03.03 PMby mirjana80

    Beautiful dress, I love it ! :))

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    May 13, 2011, 01.48 PMby rogue-cellist

    I’ve been planning on making this one up for ages. It’s basically winter here (we’ve already had snow!) so I’ll definitely be leaving the sleeves in but I love your idea of lining it. It looks fantastic in red. How has the tape held up to being washed?

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      May 13, 2011, 02.36 PMby zranitelna

      Don´t know yet. I washed the fabric before sewing (it´s a knit.. my hands were red too afterwards) and like I said the dress is brand new – finished 2 days ago. My mum said I don´t need to wash it I should just make a new one because it took really only two days to sew it. :)) So we will see.
      A tip for you: what about a sleevless version for the summer with a polo/turtle neck/skivvy (thanx wikipedia) for colder days. I thought about a black one with black stockings…
      and a big thank you for the compliments

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    May 13, 2011, 12.03 PMby nikkishell

    Very sexy! You did a great job and it looks wonderful in red ;)

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    May 13, 2011, 09.22 AMby sarahuk4

    lovely dress, the tape you talk of is known as ‘wonder-web’ in the UK

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    May 12, 2011, 08.58 PMby peaches2218

    It’s usually just called hem tape. Great dress.

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    May 12, 2011, 08.20 PMby SewinInTheRain

    So pretty! I love red and it works so well with this dress design.

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    May 12, 2011, 05.55 PMby Timea Schmidt

    Beautiful! Very smart move the double layering. The clean edges make it so elegant. Color is amazing.

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    May 12, 2011, 04.37 PMby turtlegirl00

    love the color/shape—very inspiring!

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    May 12, 2011, 04.10 PMby tricksy

    Gorgeous, and that colour is amazing on you!

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    May 12, 2011, 03.19 PMby Lucha Suarez

    I love it!

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    May 12, 2011, 02.14 PMby robygiup

    Very beautiful! I love wrap cloths, they are so comfortable! I was also planning to make a wrap dress or shirt for the summer, but I still didn’t had time…

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    May 12, 2011, 02.05 PMby gaviccaabri

    Great dress, I love it.

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    May 12, 2011, 01.27 PMby janene

    Loving the red, loving the simplicity and the shape… and how neatly you have put it all together :-)

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    May 12, 2011, 01.24 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    What a beautiful wrap dress. You did such a wonderful job. Congratulations. Steam-A-Seam I think is the fusible I think you’re referring to. Fusibles and temporary stabilizers are a sewer’s best friends! And they play well together.

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      May 12, 2011, 07.34 PMby zranitelna

      Thank you for the compliments and for the english name of this fusible (I think I call it magic anyway because it really is :))

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