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The Dress I've Been Coveting

Added Jan 23, 2010

by elainemay

Aachen, Germany




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I’ve always wanted a sleek, basic, black wrap dress, but ready-to-wear options never work on my figure. I sewed this up in wool doubleknit using a pattern adapted from Vogue 8379, surely one of the best drafted patterns I’ve ever worked with! I graded down two sizes to a 4 (smallest size the pattern came in was 8), made a small bust adjustment, and took a lot of fullness out of the skirt to give it less flare and a sleeker silhouette, and also shortened it several inches at the hem. Black wool doubleknit is a dream to work with and is plenty soft against the skin.

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Material Notes

Black wool doubleknit, fusible stretch interfacing.




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    May 13, 2010, 12.03 PMby roarah

    The fabric of this dress drapes so beautifully, when I first saw it I thought it was a dress I’d been longing to make from ‘Pattern Magic’. Instead of a wrap it looks like it’s been twisted together.

    I just re-read that & realised it sounds horrible & torturous but it’s actually quite nice. There’s a picture of it on this website…


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    Apr 3, 2010, 05.05 PMby zumurruda

    Very very lovely!!

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    Mar 12, 2010, 05.34 PMby tine-1

    very classy !

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    Jan 30, 2010, 01.11 AMby swingtag

    I also have this pattern and I love making it because it comes together so nicely. Looks great on you.

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    Jan 25, 2010, 05.55 PMby gray

    Its a ‘wow’ dress!! Well done resizing- it can be such a cow to get it right. (and, yes, I love your shoes- you look fab!)

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    Jan 24, 2010, 11.31 PMby camilaustral

    you look really good!! and nice shoes! i love round tip heels!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 07.08 PMby jessirowe

    thanks for the inspiration! i also covet a dress like this and they never work on my figure either. maybe i’ll give altering a pattern a go . . .

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    Jan 24, 2010, 02.45 PMby galatina

    As always – simply stunning!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 10.16 AMby skwarynia

    You look stunning! Really! I like this type of dresses, for me it looks like a trench to wrap:) Great job on resizing

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    Jan 24, 2010, 10.02 AMby flosiepoos

    Very Diane von Furstenberg… From the collar to the cuffs and the shape of the skirt. Really well done, and how satisfying to be the creator of the perfect dress!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 09.21 AMby irmchen

    Perfektes Teil! :-) Perfect dress – and I like your shoes!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 07.48 AMby bussey

    Simply perfect…and I am jealous of your skills!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 07.32 AMby gonnange

    it looks so sophisticated and elegant!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 05.49 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Amazing and professional job as always, love it in black. I am about to try the drafting instructions for Ulla-Maaria to make my first wrap dress, I’ll be happy if it turns out even half as great as yours :) I was going to use a printed Jersey but I think if it works out I’ll make a black one too, very chic.

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    Jan 24, 2010, 04.33 AMby marylou86

    I love it. I want to make a red wrap dress like the one that Vesper wears at the end of Casino Royal :) You do such lovely work!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 02.46 AMby mlssfshn

    just plain beautiful!

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    Jan 24, 2010, 01.07 AMby nenasew

    This looks so elegant. I love the look. Great job.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 10.44 PMby wzrdreams

    Gorgeous! I love the look of wrap dresses, but I hate how they fly open around the hem. Your version is definitely tempting me though.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 10.37 PMby scheryka

    You are back! Been missing you! Love the covetted. As always beautiful work.

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    Jan 23, 2010, 08.47 PMby frkbustad

    That little piece looks great! The fabric sounds lush, where do you get wool doubleknit? From a local shop, or do you have any Internet references?

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      Jan 24, 2010, 02.27 AMby elainemay

      Thanks! The fabric is from Mood in New York and I believe I paid $18/yard. If you don’t live nearby, you may be able to call them and have them ship it. Denver Fabrics sometimes has wool doubleknit as well, but in limited colors and I’ve never ordered any so I can’t comment on the quality. The Sophia doubleknit from fabric.com is a similar weight and drape, but in a rayon/poly blend for about $10/yard. I’ll probably use that for my next one since I’d like to have one that I can also wear in warmer months.

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      Jan 24, 2010, 07.51 AMby frkbustad

      Thanks for sharing that!

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    Jan 23, 2010, 08.38 PMby sandoz18

    I love it! I’m about your size, and it’s encouraging to see the results of such an altered pattern for petite people!

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