Wrap it up!

Spring is finally in full swing and so should your sewing projects!
Here’s an idea; with all the beautiful rayon knit fabrics in prints and solids, why not make a classy wrap dress?

A little note about DVF

  • In 1970 Diane von Furstenberg arrived in New York with a suitcase full of jersey dresses that she had made at her friend Angelo Ferretti’s factory in Italy. She was encouraged by Vogue editor Diana Vreeland to pursue her dreams of designing. By 1974, she introduced the classic wrap dress that became a success almost immediately.
  • It remains a mainstay in women’s wardrobes many decades later.

We’re grateful for this silhouette which is suitable for all body types. It’s versatile and easy to wear. Dress it up for nights out on the town or make it work for daytime and casual outings.  

This is DVF’s version of the spring 2017 wrap dress. Notice the graphic print used.

Even First Ladies like this classic look in prints!

Knits in Prints or Solids

Black and white is a year around classic that’s perfect for the office or date night! Pair Butterick 6054 with Black/White Tile Matte Jersey for this classic look.  

Black/White Tile Matte Jersey                Butterick 6054        

The wrap dress is a great way to showcase bold, bright prints. Consider Everglade, Fiery Hues (Sold Out) or Island Hues (Sold Out) Matte Jersey to make with Butterick 5898.

Top-Bottom:Everglade, Fiery Hues and Island Hues matte jersey
Butterick 5998

Pictured below are variations of the wrap dress. The silhouette is versatile and lends itself to design changes easily. 

This faux wrap dress in a solid color says Boss Lady!  Try Burda 03/2017 #121 Elastic waist wrap dress (Plus sizes) paired with Navy, Kelly Green or Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit. 

Top to BottomNavy, Kelly Green and Cobalt Rayon Jersey Knit
Burda 03/2017 #121

Adding a ruffle to the neckline gives this wrap dress a boho vibe! Use Burda 10/2016 #116  and Flora and Fowl Print Jersey Knit

(Sold Out)
Flora and Fowl Print Jersey Knit        Burda 10/2016 #116

Woven Fabrics and Wrap Dresses

Woven fabrics with good drape are another option for wrap dresses especially for a formal event!  

Top to Bottom: Lipstick Red and Garnet Silk Double Georgette
Vogue 9251

Flowing, easy, fabrics like silk charmeuse, georgette or the crepe back satin are a perfect choice and is available in a variety of colors.  Just think about the possibilities!  

Top to Bottom: Deep Turquoise and Eggplant Satin Back Crepe
McCalls 6959   

The wrap dress will work for you for all occasions!  Use your imagination in making your own unique version of this beautiful garment. See all of these solid and print fabrics available from Sew Much Fabric.  Happy Sewing!

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

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