Camelia Dress by DesignerStitch Patterns

One can never have too many wrap, or mock wrap dresses can they? I tested* the Camelia Jersey Dress (**affiliate link) as it offered something a little different. There are 6 pleats on the side seam along with an asymmetric hem on the front wrap.

DesignerStitch patterns often come with individual cup sizes which negates the need for an SBA or FBA. This pattern also comes with three sleeve lengths, 3/4, long or sleeveless. The back piece also has a centre seam which makes fitting the dress even easier along with the back waist darts and the bust darts.

I made the 3/4 sleeve using mustard flower printed double knit ponte (68% poly/28% rayon/4% spandex). Recommended fabrics are Jersey knit fabrics with approx weight of 210 – 250 gsm and with at least 50% stretch across and 25% stretch going down the fabric. Medium weight fabric that holds folded pleats well is IDEAL and I would definitely recommend that the guide is followed. My fabric didn’t end up having enough stretch for the upper body and shoulders, although the dress looks okay, it’s a bit tight to wear. It will probably be the dress when I have short stints not through the fault of the pattern but myself really.

I will mention care must be taken when doing those side pleats and ensure you baste well and that you mark those notches so that they line up correctly. Once that is done, construction of the dress is actually quite quick. My hemline is slightly longer than pictured in the pattern but that will also be dependent on the weight of the fabric. I just think of it as a dramatic feature!

It’s a great silhouette and flattering on all that tested.

**The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

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Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns

Another test* and another great dress to come out of it with the Joanne Faux Knit Wrap Dress by Sinclair Patterns. This pattern company has steadily become a favourite of mine due to a great fit straight up and the fact that the garments are actually in rotation in my wardrobe.

The Joanne dress is fitted at the bodice with a faux wrap and a pleated accent to one side seam. The skirt pattern is available as a knee or midi length flared skirt and there is also the option of a top with an overlapped peplum. Sleeve lengths available are short, 3/4, long or elbow length and also a flounce variation and not to forget a sleeveless offering which also has a different cutting line for the armhole so the fit is spot on. If you love a dress with pockets, they are also an option, along with a belt/tie.

Fabric recommendations are a light to medium weight knit and for mine a chose an abstract brown spot rayon knit (97% rayon/3% spandex). I found the stretch and weight perfect for my sleeveless midi dress version. If your fabric isn’t as co-operative, instructions are provided for stabilising shoulder, waist and pockets seams. I chose the regular length pattern, although petite and tall options are available, along with all the other benefits of good PDF patterns.

Construction is actually quite quick with this dress, I’d say maximum 2 hours. The neckline isn’t too revealing either which I like. I’m really happy with the fit and didn’t make any alterations to the dress, even omitted my normal sway back. Although I made this as a summer version, I can layer it with a long sleeve top underneath to get me through the colder months.

The Joanne Dress is on sale currently for $7.99 through until 25th September!

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

Moss Hooded Top/Dress by Sofiona Patterns

The Moss dress came out a while ago. I participated in the testing* of this however never got to finish in time, life just got too chaotic with sick kids etc. This is a visual, geographic dress which allows you to completely experiment with fabric.
Sofiona Patterns, in my eyes, are redesigning kids fashion. Their designs are both edgy, unique and fun, but also functional and comfortable.
The Moss dress is designed for knit fabric and can also be made as a top, with optional back cowl hood, a deep v back and optional front pockets. The dress can also be made into a maxi.
My intention for version 1 of this dress was to make a summer, lounge dress. I used Birch Organic Swallow blush fabric (100% cotton) and the navy came from my stash, I believe it’s cotton also. My dress did turn out a couple of inches shorter than the finished pattern because I was short on navy fabric. I added the back tie straps too.
This is an intermediate pattern and both the neckline and armholes have binding but I must admit the v neckline is probably the most challenging thing about this dress only because it requires precision. The instructions guide you through to a flawless finish though.
Version 2 was made with the same design elements as version 1 as I wanted to show the final pattern as it was released due to some minor changes that were made from version 1, mostly to the armscye although not overly obvious in the photos but also because fabric can play a role. My fabric was printed spandex floral in white/green/pink (95% cotton/5% elastane) for the pockets and contrast, and geo space dye pink jersey (50% cotton/47% polyester/3% spandex) from deep within my stash, I think it’s 3 years old. For reference, I made the smaller v opening in the back and as an additional design element tassels or beads would be a great finish for those ties.
Miss 7 loves these dresses and I’m sure is willing winter away so she can wear them. The Moss also makes a great swimsuit cover up, it particularly goes well with the Sofiona Narwhal swimsuit.
*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

#204 Ladies Spring Dress by Thread Faction Studio

As a pear shaped woman I don’t know why I am drawn to wiggle dresses. I think mentally I am adding less bulk to my frame this way so have a series of more fitted dresses to blog about. The #204 Ladies Spring Dress by Thread Faction Studio has been released as part of a Sew Fab Pattern Bundle Sale which ends on the 15th April 2019. The way it works is that the more patterns you buy the more you save, and there are some great savings to be had.

So I tested* the #204 Ladies Spring Dress in the knee length pencil skirt version, size L. My first version during testing was too tight in a M but also may have been due to my fabric choice. For this version I used aubergine manhattan crepe knit (95% polyester/5% elastane), not a colour I would normally wear but really love it.

The dress pattern comes in sizes XXS to XXL and is also available as a party length 3/4 circle skirt or knee length 1/2 circle skirt. The bodice is fitted and the neckline is stabilized with elastic, the armholes finished with basic binding, and the cowl and skirt are finished with simple hems. This dress is really quick to sew and is so versatile and can suit multiple occasions. I didn’t make any fit alterations during construction.

It’s not at all restrictive across the upper body but I think I will tack down the cowl overlay in a few places as mine has a tendency to roll a bit, again possible a fabric issue as the stretch factor may be a bit low. I think it would also make a really nice formal dress with some shiny/glittery fabric.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part..



Clara Dress by DesignerStitch Patterns

Before I get into this pattern, I thought I would do a quick update on my stash shrinking which in fact has expanded instead this last month. February was good, I bought 5.7m and sewed 10.3m so happy with that BUT March was terrible. I bought 36.55m and only sewed 7.8m. Hoping to turn that around in April. Fingers crossed!!!!

Who doesn’t love a classic dress to fit all occasions? The Clara Dress (**affiliate link) by Designer Stitch Patterns is just that! I was part of the testing* process for this but taking photos was a difficult task on this one. I found life got in the way a bit.

Clara is elegant and classy with options for ankle length with high/low hem flounce, knee length and thigh length with a straight hem flounce and with either a cap or flutter sleeve or sleeveless. There is a centre back invisible zip closure and an all-in-one facing and either a v or round neckline. The advantage of many DesignerStitch Patterns is that they are offered in cup sizes B, C, D, DD (E) and AU/UK sizes 6-26. This PDF pattern also comes in a trimless version if you don’t like fiddling with patterns too much.

I chose a more casual fabric, premium cotton gingham 1/4 black/white (100% cotton) for my knee length, round neck version, making it sleeveless with a self tie belt. I figure I had more options to wear it this way with heels for a night out or sandals in the summer. I’m all about versatility in my wardrobe. Construction was easy and pattern pieces fit together faultlessly.

I did fussy cut all my pattern pieces so that they would line up at least horizontally and some didn’t when I sewed it together 😦 It’s okay though because the gingham pattern is quite small and I think I can get away with it. I made a pattern size 4 (AUS 12) with a B cup and no modifications to the pattern. The length hits me exactly where I like. For my belt I cut my fabric roughly 15cm wide and estimated the length so that it went around my waist once and I could tie a bow. I did have to add a hook and eye at the back neckline because for some reason I inserted my invisible zip in too low – that’s an easy fix though.

People often talk about tried and true patterns and I’m really happy with my dress and the fit of it that I think the pattern will get some hacking over time. I’m thinking peplum tops, more dresses, skirts, endless possibilities really.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

**This post contains affiliate links to DesignerStitch Patterns


Mirri Wrap Dress by Wardrobe by Me

The Mirri Wrap Dress** by Wardrobe by Me Patterns has been popular over the sewing web however it recently underwent a re vamp with an increase in the size range (US 0-24 & EU 30-54) and improved instructions and I was happy to be part of the testing process*.

The Mirri dress is body-hugging with a faux wrap bodice and a shawl-like classic collar. The neckline is a modest V and the skirt is fitted through the high hip area and flared at the hem. The pattern comes with four length options, blouse, knee, mid calf and maxi length.

I made the mid calf length using black and multi cheetah rayon knit (95% rayon/5% elastane). I had some head scratching to do when it came to creating the pleats on the bodice at first, not sure why I was so perplexed when really it is explained well in the instructions, but I think I was folding the wrong way initially. The shawl collar also requires some concentration to ensure the fabrics are facing the correct way, ensure you are focused at this point as it can get confusing but the finish is really nice. Or maybe it was confusing for me because this was a late night sew!

I’m so happy to have another dress in my wardrobe that is easy to wash and wear and feels great on. I think this is a very flattering style. Since I have made 2 faux wrap dresses quite close together I will change my focus for a bit. I have lots still to blog about and lots of sewing to do as my stash shrinking is not going to well and I had a big buying month in March. More on that at a later date.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

**This post contains affiliate links to Wardrobe by Me Patterns

MRT Faux Wrap Dress by 1 Puddle Lane

I get excited when a tester call goes out for a designer who’s patterns I have purchased in the past and have made a few versions that I wear often. When Ann posted a call for the MRT Faux Wrap Dress test* I was chuffed to be involved. I have the Miss Ruby Tuesday (MRT) and thought the fit of the faux wrap dress may be similar.

The MRT Faux Wrap Dress is a knee-length dress with a crossover front, with or without side tucks.  It is fitted at the bust, waist and high hip and looser over the hip. Although this is a sleeveless pattern there is a “sleeved” and “extended shoulder” template from the original MRT and the add-on pattern. The pattern is offered in sizes 2XS–6XL.

I chose to make my version without the side tucks using some kind of cotton spandex (unknown composition). Sewing the pattern is pretty straightforward with clear instructions and nice finishing techniques using bands for the neckline and armholes. This is a quick sew, especially if you have sewn the MRT previously and don’t have any fit issues.

The fit is exactly as described with a fitted upper bodice and more room around the hips, perfect for my pear shape really. I’m looking forward to making the side tucks version, I think it will be more forgiving after a big meal, or perhaps I need to use a busier fabric.

Don’t miss out on adding this pattern to your library. The MRT Faux Wrap Dress, along with all other patterns are 20% off until Sunday 31st March with a coupon code which you can get by joining the 1PL-Sewing and Pattern Studio Facebook group.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.