Wrap and tie
Achieve the perfect fit with a wrap dress, nipping you in at the waist and skimming gently over the hips.
This is one of the most flattering dress styles, comfortable to wear and instantly elegant
Apart from this being one of the most flattering styles, low-maintenance jersey makes this dress super comfortable to wear and easy to throw on for an elegant look in an instant.
Size: one size only, to fit size 10 Difficulty: intermediate Time: two days
NOTE All pattern pieces include 1,5cm seam allowances. 1 Draft the pattern pieces on pages 6466 onto dressmaker’s graph paper. Cut out all the dress pieces from the fabric and transfer all the pattern markings.
2 On the back bodice and back skirt piece, stitch the darts closed. Press towards the outer seam.
3 Placing the right sides together, stitch the front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulder seam. Press the seam allowances open.
4 Set in the sleeves, easing the sleeve cap to fit into the armhole.
5 With right sides together, sew the side seams of the bodice. On one side, leave 4cm from the lower edge unstitched. This will later form the slit through which the sash will pull to tie the dress.
6 Stitch the front and back skirt pieces right sides together at the side seam. Press the seam allowances open.
7 Matching darts and side seams, sew the bodice and skirt together at the waistline.
8 Turn the seam allowance towards the inside and finish the neckline and side edges of the skirt.
9 Fold the tie piece in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Stitch one short side and the long side. Turn through to the right side and press. Repeat for the other tie piece.
10 Sew the ties onto the short edges of the front bodice, tucking the raw edges inside the open end of the tie band for a neat finish.
11 Press all seams and finish the slit for the tie on the side seam by hand.
12 Hem the lower skirt edge and the sleeves.
Model: Helena from Full Circle. Make-up and hair: Lyndall from Supernova.