Faux wrap – Vogue 8379

This is my favourite faux wrap dress that I’ve made before. At our last sewing session, my sewing buddies were all making something in green so this is my first green piece of 2011. Yes – green with envy

I added a grey/green piece of lace on the neckline and then added some beading to lift the neckline. The girls at work commented on it. They’re so used to seeing my wardrobe change that it’s only when I do something different that they comment. I bought the fabric from The Fabric Store early last year.
This has my normal adjustments: sway back adjustment, roll shoulder adjustment, shortened hem line and I use the sleeve size without the cuff.

This week I saw a couple of episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, so I used the striped knit burgundy and gave it a bit of 70’s treatment on the neckline and cuffs.

The nice thing is I orginally used the 14 size pattern and now I’m using the 12 size. You can see how I’ve had to take out fabric from the back bodice. The skirt wasn’t working so I made the side seams straight.

The front is easier to retro fit because I’ve just readjusted the existing wrapped front to fit.
The cuffs don’t close together. Faux cuffs.
I think this fabric was also bought from The Fabric Store at the same time.

I’m also fish-sitting a friend’s pets and they’re keeping me company in my sewing room. They’re not too fussy. They just enjoy being fed and swimming around while listening to my sewing machine hum. I’ve even put the aircon on so they don’t get too hot:)

Wrapped – simplicity 2603

This year I’m wrapped in the cardi-wrap that many sewers did last year. So here’s my version.


I chose to make view A with a soft cotton/spandex burgundy piece that I’ve had for over two years. The original fabric that was supposed to be used was a marle grey but I felt that I needed a wrap with colour. I’ve not adjusted the pattern and I’ve used M size. Next time I’ll use S size. Normally on the shoulder seam I would use ‘seams great’ for stability but I couldn’t figure out where this would be. The centre back neck gathers are sewn with swimwear elastic so the gathers are even. So I’ve figured out a couple of ways to wear it and I know there are more…


The top is view E from the same pattern. I’ve done small pleats on the front neckline instead of the gathers. There wasn’t enough fabric to make the gathers a feature on this striped knit.
The jean were store bought. I’ve yet to attempt making jeans.