Highlands Wrap Dress part two…

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Well, this really didn’t take me long. After my struggle with the neckline on the Highlands Wrap Dress (here), I looked everywhere for a wrap dress pattern that would suit me. But nothing I found had the design elements that drew me to Allie’s pattern in the first place. It’s so pretty, balanced, and interesting!

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So I knuckled down and read some articles on adjusting the neckline on a wrap dress. I found an article on Craftsy that made so much sense to me that I retrieved my crumpled pattern, apologized to it, and went to work.

Following the Craftsy guide, I took a generous dart in the center of the neckline and smoothed it out to the opposite side seam.

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Here’s my ‘new bodice’ (I also dropped the bust dart), and a new one-piece front facing.

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That bust dart was a bit of a trial. My girls are small and no longer perky, so I dropped the dart again during fitting. I also narrowed it and angled it up a bit toward the apex.

I really made only one other change. I decided to add 1 1/4″ to the length of the button/snap tabs. This was arbitrary, but I thought it made sense to allow for additional ease given the new neckline. And I really like the longer tab.

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Fabric: Kaufman Blush Brussels Washer linen, Fabric.com

Happy dress!! Ciao – Coco

 

 

17 thoughts on “Highlands Wrap Dress part two…

  1. Glad you were able to adjust the dress pattern to fit. That pink fabric is lovely on you! It has been years since I made a wrap dress, way back in the 70’s. I received a nomination for Mystery Blogger Award and posted about it on my blog. I nominated you and if you want to participate please read instructions.

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  2. {{{Me clapping gleefully}}}

    You look fabulous Coco!

    I 100% agree…there’s just something about the details on this made for wovens pattern that sets it apart from other wrap dresses! Happy that it worked out for you in the end.

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  3. This is so elegant and looks so good on you. I admire you for giving the pattern a second chance and figuring out how to make it work for you. The result is wonderful.

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  4. Wow! Giving that pattern another try was definitely the best decision! You look fabulous in your beautiful dress!

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  5. I agree with Catherine, you got all your ducks in a row with this, great colour on you too. I tell you what I noticed, that the back neckline is in just the right place, so many times I see them too low, ironically, that wouldn’t have been bad on you as you have great posture but it is something I have to address on most indie patterns because it just emphasises any extra padding I might have in that area.

    It was definitely worth sorting that pattern out.

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