This year I've vowed to make more clothing for myself (sorry kids, but Mommy needs new outfits too). I've also been looking for patterns that I can use more than just once - patterns I want to use again and again. That's why I was eagerly awaiting Seamingly Smitten's new Magnolia Street Wrap Dress Pattern:
I LOVE the look of wrap dresses, but have always been disappointed with the fit of the ones I find in stores. Way too low in the cross-over front and usually too long for my short legs or the "faux" wrap that ends up baggy-looking. When I heard Jenny was working on a wrap dress pattern I couldn't wait for it came out. I was over the moon that she asked me to review it.
Like other Seamingly Smitten patterns, the wrap dress comes in petite, regular and tall and spans a wide range of sizes (this one is 0-26). I used the small (4-6) size in the petite version. I'm really happy with the results:
It came together pretty quickly. Since I use my regular sewing machine for my knits, I did a triple stitch for most of the joining and then a twin needle to single fold up the hem and sleeves. I didn't have to chop off a bunch at the bottom like I usually do in petite options of other patterns. The length was ideal.
I did find I needed less yardage than expected - this fabric was non-directional & extra wide at 62 inches so just 1 1/4yds was enough compared to the recommended 2 7/8yds. If you're on the small side, I'd recommend laying your pieces out and measuring to see if you can get away with less with a fabric like this.
The angle of the front sides is just right - not too low that it requires a top underneath. I wore this on an 80 degree day, with a lot of walking outside, and it felt great.
Plus, just by adding a necklace you've got a cute, put-together looking outfit with minimal effort!
The thing I like best is that it doesn't look like I made it - sometimes you can really spot a pattern-made dress, but not with this one. I found this knit dot fabric at Jo-Ann Stores and it's super soft. It's a perfect pairing with this comfy design. I'm all about dressy looks that feel relaxing.
It's also great that there are options for sleeveless, short sleeve, 3/4 length and long sleeves to make this pattern usable year round. I've already gotten some other prints to make more of these and plan to do a few in some heavier knits and long sleeves for Fall. Definitely a pattern I will use many times.
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- Instant downloads so you can start sewing right away
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I received compensation for this feature post. The opinions are completely my own, based on my honest experience using & purchasing patterns from this shop.