I finally got around to making a successful version of this very popular wrap dress pattern - Vogue 8379. My previous attempt was a bad mix of pattern and fabric placement although I did salvage a skirt out of it which I still have and wear regularly.
I used a black, white and red zig zag printed ITY printed jersey, again from Fabric.com.
I only had 2 yards of fabric and the long sleeved version required 2 3/4 yards and while I find I can usually use less fabric than the pattern envelope says, this was a big difference and some miracle working was needed. As it turned out, on me, I prefer this dress with the changes I made. I also think it looks more like the current Diane Von Furstenburg wrap dress shape.
Here is a summary of the changes I made;
- Folded a large triangle out of the skirt pieces to make it less full at the hem but keeping the waist the same
- Cut the skirt on the cross grain - I didn't need the stretch there and it actually looks better with the zig zags running vertically
- I pieced the underlayer of the skirt front, the seam is hidden under the wrap
- Eliminated the bodice facings like most people who have made this dress, I just turned and stitched
- Shortened the skirt by around 4 inches and did a very small hem
- Finished the skirt front edges with facing strips from the scraps
- Left off the collar and cuffs
- Not a fabric shortage issue but I took out some of the sleeve cap ease
This is an easy dress to make up, even I managed to finish it in an afternoon and I am really pleased with the end result. The pattern is drafted with good wrap coverage both in the bodice and the skirt so is very wearable for a wrap dress. Now for the photos!