So like a true procrastinator I’m externally motivated by deadlines, especially last minute ones:) Just my nature I suppose. I’ve followed along with the contestants on Fabric Mart’s Fabricista Fashion Challenges I think since the beginning. They are now on their 3rd contest.
This week’s challenge was to create a wrap dress inspired by Diane Von Furstenberg’s iconic wrap dress. Participants were encouraged to view DVF and look for inspiration. The cool thing with this contest was that they encourage their readers to sew along with their own projects.
The contestants criteria was:
We will be judging on a 1-10 scale (10 being the highest) using the following criteria:
Creativity – Tell us how you were inspired by Diane Von Furstenberg? Don’t forget to share photos of what inspired you.
Craftsmanship – Did you put a lot of care into the construction? Top-stitching straight, seams match, careful overall construction, etc?
Fit – Does the wrap dress fit you? For example, does the wrap section (at the waist) hit you in a place that is flattering? Does it fit appropriately at the bust? Is the length flattering? Tell us about changes you made to make it flattering for your body.
Presentation – While we totally understand not everyone has a professional camera and the perfect backdrop for photographing their creations, (Me included!!) you are in front of a world of other sewers. Make yourself look presentable. Submit a photo of the front, back and side view of the garment, as well as a “presentation photo” (this should be the best photo!) Detail photos are also requested so we can be better judges. So if you do some embellishing or a specific technique, zoom in and share with us! Not all the photos may be used in the blog post, but for judges reference.
I really liked the bold graphic prints, in blue; the classic wrap top. I was drawn to the A-line silhouette, but since I was using a polyester knit, I knew that even if I increased the width of the skirt to an A-line it wouldn’t make much of a difference in volume (since it’s a light to medium weight knit I was using). I was inspired by the 3/4 length sleeves, which I thought would be good for fall. I also decided to be a bit daring with the skirt length and go a bit shorter than I usually do, so I cut on the petite line for skirt length.
I have a couple wrap dress/top patterns now, but the simplest looked to be the Magnolia wrap dress by Seamingly Smitten. I decided on 3/4 length sleeves (has options for sleeveless, short, 3/4 or long sleeves) and shortened the skirt to the petite length. I didn’t make any other pattern modifications. I cut the XL based on my bust measurement. I used a tribal print poly knit in blue, black and white. It’s a bit busy, but I cut the fabric so there were more vertical lines to slim:) The stretch was about the same on both grain lines.
I think my dress turned out well, especially my first time making this pattern. I’m exciting that I got it done in 1 day:), it fits, and I entered the contest. I’m looking forward to making more wrap dresses (want to try a woven with the A-line skirt like my other inspiration pics).
My wrap dress is done!