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Brush Stroke Wrap Dress

Added Mar 30, 2012

by erica-penton

Halifax, Canada






Disclaimer: The sleeves are the same length! I have no idea why I didn’t have them in same place for the photos!

My first attempt at knitwear! I decided that I was severely limiting myself by being such a chicken about sewing with knit fabric. I used Butterick 5454, which came together really quickly. I still learned a lot though: next time I’ll raise the neckline, and I’ll probably sew a little snap on the bodice of this dress so that it won’t be quite so va-va-voom, but really, I love the fit!

You can see more about this project on my blog

Material Notes

Knit Jersey




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Casual, Classic, Evening Wear



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    Mar 31, 2012, 04.27 PMby sweetharte

    I made a little dress out of this same fabric! It’s so beautiful in a wrap style dress! I should take shots and add them too. I hope that you didn’t wash it yet, because it should be dry cleaned. It fades and pills slightly…

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      Mar 31, 2012, 07.56 PMby erica-penton

      Yes – add yours too! I’d love to see it!

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    Mar 31, 2012, 08.43 AMby step-van-b

    I love this dress – and it fits you so well! Great combination of fabric, colors and pattern.

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    Mar 31, 2012, 04.08 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    I have been looking for a wrap dress pattern. Thanks for sharing it’s gorgeous!

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    Mar 31, 2012, 02.15 AMby sunnilj9

    This is so gorgeous! You look like a million bucks! Its truly fab and your first time with knits? I think you CONQUERED the knit girl! Awesome work! Right into the favorites with you! xoxo, Sunni

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    Mar 30, 2012, 09.06 PMby TailorFairy

    I love the colors of your fabric, they really look great on you, too! Very well done!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 06.34 PMby Vita Bonetto

    Love your dress!! The colors are beautiful!!

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    Mar 30, 2012, 05.02 PMby pauline alice

    I love the simple wrap shape and the bright colours of your dress. I understand your fear of knit fabrics, I have the same. I guess it comes from the fact that I only have a regular sewing machine. How did you make yours? With a regular machine or a serger?

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      Mar 30, 2012, 11.58 PMby erica-penton

      Just a regular old machine! I did double zig-zag seams and that seems to work out just right.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 03.23 PMby marec

    This looks wonderful, and you look beautiful in it! Knits are not hard, but just take a different set of skills. Raising necklines and putting in snaps are common for this type of style…I sometimes just wear a cami which peeks out.

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    Mar 30, 2012, 02.05 PMby efh1687

    i really like this fabric. i steered away from knits for a good while too, but realized they aren’t as daunting as they seem. you did a nice job!

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      Mar 31, 2012, 12.01 AMby erica-penton

      Thank you! And daunting is the perfect word for that feeling!

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