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My "Mash-Up" Wrap Dress (Hope Wrap Dress/Newlook6674/McCalls...

Added Dec 5, 2009

by nessys

Adelaide, Australia






I saw a lovely dress in a shop near where I live that was perfect for my friend’s wedding. But there was no way I was paying $200.00 for it, and the sleeves were a little short for my liking.

I then saw Erdronen’s lovely Hope Wrap Dress and received inspiration and encouragement from her! I based this wrap dress on her dress and the original Newlook pattern she worked with. I also wanted gathered sleeves and to have a matching silver band so I took the sleeve from the McCalls pattern and shortened it and made the band a bit bigger.

The black stretch knit was REALLY hard to work with as it required such a cool iron (I had to re-do the original bodice due to “shine” marks from the heat of the iron even though it was on a pretty cool setting – but not cool enough!). This made finishing the seams difficult as I generally like a nicely pressed seam. I am happy with the way it finished up – I was unsure how the knit would work with the stretch satin and how the McCalls sleeve would fit in with the Newlook pattern – but both worked well. I really like the length and shape of the sleeves – and everyone commented on how nice it looked!

I really tried using the twin-needle for the hem – but it didn’t work – mainly because I can’t adjust my bobbin tension – but thanks to EmilyKate and her video in the Technique section!

I made a size 10 bodice and a size 12 skirt – my husband said it fitted me very well!

As mentioned above, this dress is based on Hope Wrap Dress – but the “New Project” page won’t let me tick the box that says “Based On” or add the details for some reason . . . I’ve have to ask for help with that one. . . .

Material Notes

This is a black stretch knit with a stretch sliver satin as the contrast – as was the dress I saw in the shop.




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear
Knits/Jersey, Satin



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    Sep 25, 2010, 03.57 PMby suzanne-whitehead

    Fantastic! I hope I can make a similar one as good!

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      Sep 27, 2010, 09.39 AMby nessys

      You know, it’s been a while since I’ve worn it (mainly due to weather) and now all I see are faults!! I hate that! Your lovely comment well may help me get over my crisis of confidence!

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    Dec 7, 2009, 12.17 AMby nessys

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!!!! You are all Darlings! xxxxxx

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    Dec 6, 2009, 08.57 PMby camilaustral

    i love it! you look great ;)

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    Dec 6, 2009, 08.19 PMby smallone

    this is a wonderful interpretation – great job!!

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    Dec 6, 2009, 05.02 AMby fabricaddict

    You dress is so pretty – love the satin trim, it looks great!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 06.53 PMby erdronen

    This is gorgeous! I love the satin trim! Great job with this dress, I’m happy you had success!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 02.23 PMby nenasew

    I think the end result is lovely. Love the silver with the black. I think this is so classy.

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    Dec 5, 2009, 02.23 PMby nenasew

    I think the end result is lovely. Love the silver with the black. I think this is so classy.

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    Dec 5, 2009, 01.59 PMby irmchen

    Really nice… you are right it finished up very well. I like the silver band a lot which fits to your necklace. Do you think it would be better if the silver band would get some interfacing at least in the middle? I thougt so about the red dress for my daughter: it bothered me after finishing that the bow was a bit slackly. (Sorry about my bad english!)

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    Dec 5, 2009, 10.06 AMby sewingdebbie

    lovely dress. I am also getting used to sewing stretch fabric at the moment it is a real challege so I am doubly impressed with what you have made!

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    Dec 5, 2009, 10.02 AMby freakusbzzz

    You did a great job, well done.

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