Extravagant Claims of the Wrap Dress

The remnant is an April Johnston Project Runway fabric, Roses.

fabric swatch

I planned to buy enough to make “The Perfect Knit Dress,” McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M5974, view A or B (without the tie-wrap) which would have been 2 1/8 to 2 1/2 yards. But when I got to the cutting counter, the bolt had just 2/3 yard more than what I wanted, so the cute little sales guy said if I wanted it, I could have it at the “end of bolt” discount price. I smiled to the core and said, “OK.” With that extra yardage, I decided to try view C, with the tie-wrap.

M5974 The Perfect Knit Dress

You can see the views better here on the McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch site.

I’d been reading snippets all over the net about how great wrap dresses are. They are “forgiving,” and “camouflaging.” The wrap dress is, according to the Glam Gals of Fabulous After Forty, one of the best dresses for women over 40. You can wear it and look sexy, not sleazy!

In the pattern instructions, Pati Palmer discusses first thing that knit fabric normally reveals all the bumps and bulges, but that the wrap dress is different. I want to believe you Pati, so I will give it a try. I’ll give my spare tire a wrap and (hopefully) forget about it. There’s nothing worse than wearing clothes that you have to tug on and adjust all the time.

The sewing went well, with a size 75 stretch needle set at a 2.5 zigzag, and polyester thread. Some of the details required hand-basting and slip-stitching, which I don’t mind. I haven’t hemmed it yet because I couldn’t get the serger threaded for coverstitch, but I will get to that.

wrap dress


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. punkmik
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 09:11:03

    looks lovely. It has a nice vintage feel! I really like it! wrap dresses are so classy!


  2. ethgran
    Jul 11, 2012 @ 09:35:11

    Cute Hon!


  3. Princess Pin Curls
    Jul 12, 2012 @ 02:00:44

    Well done! I am yet to master stretch fabric sewing- very envious of yr skills.


    • jenyjenny
      Jul 12, 2012 @ 06:45:20

      Thank you! 🙂 Using a STRETCH needle makes a big difference in sewing knit jersey. You may want to use a different foot, like a teflon or a roller foot.


  4. eof737
    Jul 25, 2012 @ 02:09:06

    It looks great on you. 😉


  5. Pinko Knitter
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 13:15:52

    It looks fabulous! Great fit and very flattering. I’m a little jealous because sewing/dressmaking is a skill I have never been able to develop, but not through lack of trying. 🙂


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