50s Wrap Sun Dress

Polka-dot-dressThanks to my cyber bud, Maria, this way cool dress is going to be Lyrically styled.

See, what happened was, Maria asked if anyone knew where she could find a pattern to make this dress.  True to their nature a heapa buncha sewists chimed in with answers to her dilemma.  Ay yi yi, lo and behold there is a pattern for this dress over at Etsy for . . . $78.00 or some such non-sense.  Too much for my pocketbook.  Lyric went away sad.

But wait, there’s more!

Enter Ms. She-Ro Sewist, Loran of Loran’s World said she could draft a pattern of this dress easily.  Guess what??

Loran's Dress

She did!  Oh, but, wait, there’s more . . .

Not only did she draft the pattern and sew it up . . . she drafted several and is allowing some of us gals to test the pattern before our official “Maria Wrap Dress Sew-A-Long”!  At least that’s what I am calling our upcoming SAL.

I am making a toile, size 38 (bust) and I am ecstatic!  You see, I have never been selected to test a pattern; YAY!!!!

Loran emailed me the pattern for copying.  One thing about patterns printed at home (or wherever) – the copy paper is surely sturdy.  Not to mention you have the file and may print additional copies as fitting changes are needed.  Or, if the original copy somehow gets ruined.

paper pdfThis pattern has three, count ’em, three pattern pieces:  front, back, and skirt.  They say part of being a professional is making a thing look easy.  My hat goes off to Ms. Loran for taking her personal time and talent to draft this pattern and then share it.  Thank you, Loran, for helping me add this pretty dress to my growing vintage styled wardrobe.

In testing this baby one of my jobs is to report anything amiss.  Up to this point I have:

  • Put the paper pattern together, separated/cut the pieces apart
  • Pinned pattern to muslin fabric
  • Marked the darts

To my thinking nothing else needs to be added.  You can see for yourself how professionally she laid out the pattern pieces above.   Loran even addressed the issue of grainline within the post about this dress.

Oh, did I tell you she included instructions on how she put the dress together.  She also offered pro tips and fitting advice to help us make our dresses look professional along with warnings and things to look out for.

Lyric’s Typical Blunders

They say “watch what you put out in the universe”; i.e., what you speak out of your mouth.  Still, I can not help but keep it real and fess up. Perhaps it’ll make my sewing better.  Anywho, it seems with most projects that I sew there is at least one big mistake.  This muslin is no exception . . . sigh.  Well, what happened was . . . okay, how can I ‘splain this?

The bodice of this dress is cut “one” with fabric A and “one” with fabric B.  No problem, right?  Easey peasey, makes sense.  Okay, I am using this fabric . . .

Yellow Grey Paisley

Sew, I got it right and cut one of the fabric on the left and one on the right.  Where I messed up was I did not lay the pattern pieces in the correct direction.  Oh, but wait, there’s more . . . I purchased three yards, 45″ wide fabric for each side of the dress.  NO!  I should have purchased 3.5 yards or maybe 3.75.  Not having enough fabric the tip of the strap is off the fabric. No matter how I finagled and shifted I just could not get the pattern piece to fit.  What was I to do to fix this blunder?

bodice blunder 3
Fabric too short

The Solution

I matched up and added an extra piece of scrap fabric to complete the tie.

bodice blunder 2
Pieced strap area

No doubt you sewists could think of what I should have done.  There is no Internet in my She Shack where I sew; therefore, I had to keep it moving at the time.  After all, I’m on a deadline for completing this muslin.

Now, back to the original blunder . . . the mis-cut bodice piece(s).  To the scraps I went to see (knowing the answer) if there was a piece large enough to cut another bodice piece the correct way; i.e., the opposite direction of the other bodice section.

The Solution

See if the store has more fabric.  The lighter one I took the entire bolt. The darker one I really do not recall if there is more.  IF I remember I will check tomorrow.  There wasn’t.  Therefore, I decided to use the wrong side of my fave of the two fabrics to make the bodice work.

bodice blunder
Left side is the wrong side of fabric

Oh, here’s another funny for ya . . . I assumed the dress had piping.  It doesn’t!  Lo and behold as I was reading the instructions, it calls for bias binding, ay yi yi.  What a hoot.  The deal is . . . JoAnn Fabrics is literally a day trip away, one is 35 miles down the road and the other about 45 miles ONE WAY!  Hopefully I may find the yellow bias tape at Wally World.  Fast forward, they have the wide tape and Loran advised against that.  Ay yi yi.  Searched my stash and there is some dirty old 1/4″ yellow bias tape.  I’m trying to decide how best to wash it – perhaps in one of those stocking net things that you wash hosiery in? I’m too lazy to line the bodice or I would simply use the new piping.

Bottom Line

I have found no serious flaws in the drafting of this pattern up to this point.  The instructions, advice, and pointers are sufficient to bring this project to fruition.  Thankfully, this is a muslin and therefore the “real” dress will be gorgeous.  🙂

My next post will be sewing the bodice.  Stay tuned.

Cheers,

lyric-siggie-purple-cute

 

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9 thoughts on “50s Wrap Sun Dress

    1. I believe Loran wants all testing done by the end of the week. Not sure when the sew-a-long will be. We’re on a private Facebook Group called “Those Darn Sew & Sews”.

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  1. Jacquie

    I also tested this pattern. I found that I had to add more width for my old age lady waistline. I also had to add about 1 inch to each side under the arm to bring it to my waist line.

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    1. Uwww Jacquie,

      Really? Ay yi yi, haven’t gotten that far yet. Just told the hubbie to come get me (over my friend’s house) so I can do some more on the bodice before dark hits.

      Wonder what I’ll have to add? Of course, no more fabric so hoping all will be well. I’ll get me a corset though. I kinda sorta tissue fitted for width, but not length. We’ll see what happens. I didn’t fit for length thinking as I read, where we put the ties is negotiable.

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  2. Gosh! It’s all full on over your way, and it looks like you’ve tackled all your obstacles full on! Love the fabric you’ve chosen and looking forward to the next instalment 😀👏🏻😀

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    1. Thank you. Girl, neither does mine and you haven’t heard the latest . . . yet. What keeps me going is I have a deadline as a tester and I want to hold up my end of the bargain. With each blunder I tell myself “it’s muslin house frock, you’ll do better next time”.

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