Tuesday, April 21, 2015

DVF rocks! Wrap Dress Sew Along reveal at last! Kwik Sew 3408 Review




I am a huge DVF fan! Who isn't? Her wrap dresses are just timeless! I especially love the fabrics she uses. While I don't own a DVF wrap dress or the famous Vogue pattern, I have been on a quest for the "perfect" wrap dress.
The McCalls Pattern Conpany Wrap Dress Sew Along was a great incentive to try and work on replicating my latest DVF crush.

Isn't this dress gorgeous!!! The colors are so vibrant! I had to make it! Back in January, I looked online and found the perfect match at Gorgeous fabrics. The fabric is a matte jersey knit. The only thing is that it is on the light side. I have a few matte jersey fabrics and always thought they were medium weight like the one I used for my Red Burda twist dress. I guess I  was too excited to actually check the actual weight of the fabric. Anyway, it's not a deal breaker, it's just that it because it's so light, it shows all the lumps and bumps. At least it's not see-through so I didn't have to line it.



I went snoop shopping at Nordstrom to see the inside of the Gracie dress. The fabric used for DVF dress is a beefy stretch crepe fabric. As you can see the neckline is quite low. 


I set out to find a pattern that was simple enough to modify to replicate the DVF dress. Since the requirements of the Sew Along were to only use a McCalls Pattern Company pattern, I chose the Kwik Sew 3408.


It is a simple wrap dress pattern with bust darts. I cut the size medium and made a muslin to check the fit and will go with the size small next time. The pattern runs big. I had to take in 2 inches from the sides.



I made the following modifications:
-I made the dress a little wider at front by extending the top and bottom half of the pattern. 
-I raised the neckline for better coverage.   
-I removed 2 inches from the front and back bodice and 2 inches from the bottom front and back to make a finished 1.5 inch contrast band. For a neat finish, I folded the contrast band facing under the seam allowance and stitched in the ditch just like the DVF dress.
-I used stay tape on the shoulder seams and on the neck edges and the result is a very snug neckline with zero gaping.


-I omitted the sleeves, added binding to the armholes, folded it under and hand stitched it.
-I fused the skirt edge and hem and hand stitched them as well.



Dress before handstitching it. I dreaded it for days until I got the courage to finish it.


I poured over all the resources and tutorials that Meg provided during the Sew Along and they helped tremendously.

The first lady and I have a very good taste! Don't we?
Until next time!

16 comments:

  1. Wow, wow, wow. You and the first lady look wonderful!

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  2. Great dress. You and FLOTUS wear it well.

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  3. Je te l'ai déjà dit mais franchement, chapeau pour avoir reproduit cette robe ! Ce que j'adore avec la couture, c'est que peut importe le modèle qui plait, on peut le reproduire, surtout les robes de DVF :))

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    1. Je suis tout a fait d'accord!! La couture est un merveilleux atout! Merci ma chere!

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  4. Wow, fantastic dress! I love the shape and the colours. And i *looooove* the last photo of you and, who is that, your sister? lol. Great job!

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    1. Ha, ha, ha! Yep, that's my sis!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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