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Diane Von Furstenburg Inspired Wrap Dress

Happy Long (sewing) Weekend!

Hope you all are enjoying this Monday off work – although the day has started off a bit grey and gloomy here, I’m hoping for a little sunshine later on!

I had a whole variety of plans for this weekend until I ended up sick from Thursday to about Saturday. Ugh, how unfair does it seem when there is a glorious weekend in front of you but you just feel rotten? Fortunately I was feeling better on Saturday and Sunday and finally back to normal today 🙂

So all the usual plans went out the window this weekend. Yesterday however, I did feel the sewing bug. I wasn’t looking for too much of a challenge and a quick make was definitely on the cards so I went with my TNT pattern New Look 6429 (now out of print).

This pattern was originally my cousins but we have come to a pattern borrowing/holding hostage arrangement since I have now made 4 of this dress across 2 different sizes…

1..2..3..4…Short sleeves, Long sleeves, No sleeves? Yep think this qualifies as a TNT pattern

Although not a true wrap dress, I always think this design reminds me of those classic Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dresses (especially in this print!). This style flatters pretty much every shape and, just like that other classic – the shirt dress – can be worn practically anywhere! I love that it is a faux wrap since I often have trouble staying in true wrap dresses as I’m short from shoulder to bust which in turn = accidently low cut necklines. The gathering falls right over the area most women are most self conscious about and is part of what makes this such a flattering pattern to wear. Seriously, every time I wear this design I get heaps of compliments from people about how figure flattering it is!

I decided to try something new this time around and finished the neckline with a stretched on band including clear elastic (a la Nettie Dress) instead of the pattern’s facings or using non-stretch tape. I was hoping that this would fix the gaping problem that still happens after wearing the dress for a few hours. I am so thrilled to report – it has! This is definitely my favourite finish for knit garments now – I will definitely continue to add this where needed.

Woo! Look No Gaping!!!

I sewed a size 8 and the only alterations apart from the neckline was to shave 1.5cm from the neckline side of the front shoulder seam as I hoped this would help raise the neckline. It did change the fit but I’m not sure if it is almost too high for me now. This change also meant I had to cut out the armholes slightly as they were raised marginally too high after this alteration. What do you think on the neckline position? Too high? I finished the neck band, sleeves and hem with a twin needle.

What do you think? Neckline too high?

How awesome is this fabric by the way??? It’s Italian Jersey and is a relic of our March Melbourne Trip. I bought this at The Cloth Shop and while it wasn’t cheap, it is definitely the best quality jersey I have ever worked with. And just look at that print!! I LOVE IT!

You can just spot the stretch band I added to the neckline here

The Cloth Shop is a great place to shop if you’re around Melbourne, the wonderful staff there really know their stuff and are so friendly and approachable – I really enjoyed shopping there! Plus there is a delicious cafe across the road for lunches on fabric shopping days 🙂


Hopefully the rest of your day feels like this!!

Happy Sewing!



2 thoughts on “Diane Von Furstenburg Inspired Wrap Dress

  1. Oooh, I love this! I have a sleeveless version cut out and ready to go for the next sewing day. This dress makes me want to sew one with sleeves too! xx

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