After posting about this semi-fail dress, a reader suggested trying out the wrap dress by the pattern company Onion (I can’t find a webpage, but you can purchase pattern 2037 here or here). After dragging my feet about buying another dress pattern, I bit the bullet when I found this lovely Stenzo cotton/ lycra fabric from L’oiseau Fabrics. It just seemed like the most perfect fabric for a Fall wrap dress.
As I expected, the pattern directions are all in Danish, with no English translation (that I could find, though I’ve read rumors…) and no drawings. After extensive online research about the construction of the neckline/ wrap tie junction, a couple hints here and there helped me along (which I can’t find now…ergh).
The pattern was quick and easy, and well drafted. There are some fit adjustments I have to make for my own shape, but I can definitely see many more of these in my future (especially since I just bought a new serger…I’ll make introductions when she arrives and impresses me 🙂 The only changes I made are to reduce the sleeves to 3/4 length.
The neckline is a wide band, which I completely love. Feels nice and secure (reduced the length by about an inch to make sure it was snug), though it could maybe be pulled a little tighter at the back neckline–we’ll see after I wash it.
There is a small opening in the side seam of the dress (I put it on the right side) and the ties wrap around twice, ending up in the back–makes a bit of a waistband in the front, which I like a lot.
I love the feel, weight and quality of this fabric. I’ll be definitely be buying more Stenzo knits…probably for another one of these dresses 🙂