Vogue 8379 Wrap Dress

I finally made Vogue 8379.  I was inspired by the Wrap Dress Sewalong hosted by Meg at McCalls.  So many great versions were popping up and the long sleeve version is so perfect for the in-between weather Sydney is getting right now.

Overall, I am very happy with the fit.  I cut a size 12 which is a little roomy, next time I will do a 10.  I did a small bust adjustment on the front, folding out two little tucks from the neckline and the facing using the tutorial from the sewalong here, and it was very effective.  I didn’t sew any twill tape to the neckline though as I felt that was overkill and the area is already well stabilised from the interfaced facing piece.

Vogue 8379 Wrap Dress

I cut one tie piece longer than the other so that when tied they ended up the same length.  The overlap/top/right side is longer and the underlap/underneath/left side is the shorter.

Vogue 8379 Wrap Dress

I also did a forward shoulder adjustment, not just on the shoulder bodice pieces (I pivoted it forward 1 cm or 3/8th”) but also on the sleeve. Usually I am lazy and just move the shoulder notch forward, which is perfectly acceptable and gives a good result but this time (and in all makes I’ve done since, because it results in a perfectly fitting sleeve) I have done the actual adjustment on the sleeve.  This involves “pushing” the top of the sleeve cap forward – you are removing excess fabric from the back and adding it to the front.   A good illustration for this is here.  The black line is a standard sleeve cap, the green and red lines both show two levels of a forward shoulder adjustment.   A great tutorial on this is here – its so clear and shows the “flatter back” and “bubbled front” really well.

I also didn’t make the cuffs as per pattern, I just did simple bands.

The fabric is a cheap ITY knit from fabric.com.  I was a bit taken aback as I didn’t really know what an ITY knit was when I ordered it and when I received it, it seemed very “swimwear”.  Now it is made up it is lovely and silky to wear.  It’s a great travel dress as it doesn’t need ironing but I am a bit ambivalent about the polka dots.

In summary, great pattern, I love the sleeves, the pleats in the front are very flattering and I have two (or three) more fabrics ready to make some more of this pattern and also McCalls 6884.

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Beautifully fitted wrap dress. Love the polka dots. Thanks for sharing the forward shoulder/sleeve alteration info. This is one alteration I think I should try.

    • Thank you. And you totally should try that forward shoulder adjustment. It really does work.

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Beautifully fitted wrap dress. Love the polka dots. Thanks for sharing the forward shoulder/sleeve alteration info. This is one alteration I think I should try.

  • Sharon

    It looks lovely on you and that forward shoulder adjustment on the sleeve is great isn’t it.

    • Yep, it’s such a minor adjustment but makes a world of difference. Thank you Sharon.

  • Sharon

    It looks lovely on you and that forward shoulder adjustment on the sleeve is great isn't it.

  • Pendle Stitches

    Don’t be ambivalent about the polka dots…they look stunning on you. This dress is perfection.

    • Aww thank you Evie. I have enjoyed wearing it.

  • Evie

    Don't be ambivalent about the polka dots…they look stunning on you. This dress is perfection.

  • MarrieB

    Lovely dress! I’m working on this pattern right now, and I really like your idea of making one tie longer.

    • That really worked well I totally recommend it. In fact, I don’t know why the pattern doesn’t suggest it.

  • MarrieB

    Lovely dress! I'm working on this pattern right now, and I really like your idea of making one tie longer.

  • Hi! That’s a lovely dress, there’s something about polka dots that’s just so pretty! It has a very Diane Von F feel about it and it looks so comfy! I’d love you to check my blog out at http://rosesandpetticoats.blogspot.co.uk/ I’m a novice sewer and all feedback is great! 🙂 x

    • Thank you. I looked at your blog you are doing so well! I love your fabric choices too.

  • Hi! That's a lovely dress, there's something about polka dots that's just so pretty! It has a very Diane Von F feel about it and it looks so comfy! I'd love you to check my blog out at http://rosesandpetticoats.blogspot.co.uk/ I'm a novice sewer and all feedback is great! 🙂 x

  • Your dress turned out really awesome, I love it! You did a fantastic job!
    Thanks for sharing all the fitting info, I find it very helpful as I’m always eager to learn.

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Tany from http://tanysewsandknits.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much Tany. I also am always keen to learn as much as I can, its why I never get tired of sewing, and why I so enjoy your blog!

  • Your dress turned out really awesome, I love it! You did a fantastic job!
    Thanks for sharing all the fitting info, I find it very helpful as I'm always eager to learn.

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Tany from http://tanysewsandknits.blogspot.com

  • Thank you so much Tany. I also am always keen to learn as much as I can, its why I never get tired of sewing, and why I so enjoy your blog!

  • Thank you. I looked at your blog you are doing so well! I love your fabric choices too.

  • That really worked well I totally recommend it. In fact, I don't know why the pattern doesn't suggest it.

  • Aww thank you Evie. I have enjoyed wearing it.

  • Yep, it's such a minor adjustment but makes a world of difference. Thank you Sharon.

  • Thank you. And you totally should try that forward shoulder adjustment. It really does work.