It seems strange that I’m actually typing this up as the last of the recent snows finally melts away but snow be damned; it’s officially spring and I’m getting tired of sewing Winter Warmers so let’s talk about … sewing together for Summer!

Myself @sewsarahsmith, Suzy @sewing_in_spain and Monika @rocco.sienna have been putting out little teasers across our Instagram feeds recently and we’re so happy to finally be able to share:

Thinking of sewing a Wrap Dress for Summer? Good, we’ve got you covered!

The #sewtogetherforsummer Instagram Sewing Challenge is back!

2018 brings you a host of pattern and fabric discounts (see below) and a HUGE array of sponsored gifts!

We’re running the Challenge on exactly the same principles as before; again the aim is to encourage sewists of all levels to take part; to share your knowledge with others or taking the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, i.e. to sewcialise and to make yourself a great wrap dress into the bargain!

The ‘rules’ (for want of a better word) are:

  1. Pick a wrap dress pattern. That’s any pattern in any fabric (woven or knit). Perhaps you’ve got the pattern or fabric in your stash already or use the discount codes given below to go shopping!
  2. Follow us on Instagram; that’s myself, Sarah @sewsarahsmith, Monika @rocco.sienna and Suzy @sewing_in_spain to make sure you don’t miss anything as we’ll be sharing hosting responsibilities;
  3. post your newly sewn dress to Instagram with the hashtag #sewtogetherforsummer Please also tag your post with our three Instagram @ to make sure that no entry gets missed! We want to see every single one!
  4. before the Closing Date of 21st June 2018
  5. Thats it!

Participating in the Challenge gives you:

  • Discounts on several major Indie wrap dress sewing patterns;
  • Fabric discounts;
  • Support;
  • Inspiration;
  • the opportunity to potentially share in the huge pile of sponsored sewing gifts! (You can read the full list HERE!) As last year, the lucky recipients will be entirely chosen at random, this is not a competition;
  • and by no means least, a beautiful wrap dress!

So why the Wrap Dress?

It’s an iconic and classic garment that’s been reinterpreted again and again; there’s such a diverse and fantastic range of wrap dress sewing patterns out there (and we’ve got loads of pattern and fabric inspo coming your way!) But that doesn’t mean sewing a wrap dress is without its challenges; getting a good fit at the crossover front (or back!), choosing the right style for your shape, potential issues working with knits or fine floaty wovens; doing an FBA/SBA on a Wrap Bodice piece etc … but we can conquer any issues by sewing it together!

So, for the Challenge, what constitutes a wrap dress?

A wrap dress should have a front or back closure formed by wrapping one side over the other and knotting the attached ties or fastening buttons. It should not have a zip. We will also accept faux wrap dresses which cross at the front and are slipped over the head.

We will not accept dresses that cross on the skirt but not the bodice.

Yes, the Kielo counts! In fact we’ve got a discount code for it!

Your Discount Codes: please be mindful of the expiry dates, so you don’t miss out! (Click on the graphics for direct links)

Watch this space – there’s lots planned – see HERE for the details of our Sponsors and the full list of gifts!Helen of Helen’s Closet has picked her top Indie wrap dress patterns, Caroline of Blackbird Fabrics will be discussing fabrics; we’ll be looking at wrap dress patterns from Burda and The Big 4 Pattern houses, sharing resources and running a wrap dress Q&A ‘hints and tips’ session over on Instagram – we’d love your input – so as to collate and share the feedback here.

So, you in? Good, let’s ‘sew together!’

Sewcialise with me on Instagram here x

65 thoughts on “#sewtogetherforsummer 2018! Sewing a Wrap Dress for summer? We’ve got you covered!

  1. Thanks fir the brilliant list Helen!!! X


  2. Thank you Judith, that’s great to hear xx


  3. Judith Dee says:

    I’ll make sure to sew at least one wrap dress for this challenge!

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  4. Lori Sue Thornton says:

    Hello Sarah, just wondering if this pattern is acceptable?


  5. Denise Barnatt says:

    Thanks so much for the discount codes Sarah – I just managed to catch the Wardrobe By Me discount today and got the Mirri Wrap dress. Used their patterns before and instructions are really good. Time to check the stash!


  6. Denise Barnatt says:

    Heidi check peppermint magazine patterns – they have a reversible one that I think is for wovens and I am sure its free! x


  7. valtaylor says:

    Hi, I’m still a novice really, would the Pauline Alice Lliria dress count?


  8. Karen Mason says:

    Sew excited to get started on my dress. I’ve picked the orsola dress and have just finished sticking and cutting out the pdf pattern. My first By Hand London pattern. The curved hem looks a little daunting but I like a challenge.


  9. Heidi says:

    I love this idea! I am busy trying to figure out how I can make one that uses woven fabric and is fully reversable.😊


  10. Oh fab, love seeing these codes getting used! How girgeouscis the Orsola, I’m sure you’re going to get a great wrap dress!! Xx


  11. I got brain ache Sue putting it all together!! 🤣😂 thanks lovely! Xx


  12. Hooray indeed … oh yes, I’m craving a back wrap one too, good choice!!! X

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  13. Ooooh…lots of fun information here Sarah! Thanks so much!

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  14. Oh hooray! I planned to join last year, but you know….life. So I’m in and think I already have the fabric. Will start checking out the wrap dress patterns. Maybe a back wrap?

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  15. Hooray, this sounds brilliant! I’ve downloaded the Orsola dress with the code, thank you, and followed the three of you on instagram. Now to start thinking about the perfect fabric

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  16. Maria Hayek says:

    I haven’t fully made p my mind about the details but it’s Burda Style 04/2015 #121 and #122, it’s essentially the same dress with different sleeve length, collar and pockets and I think I’ll mix and match from the two 🙂


  17. Debby58 says:

    Great. Don’t mind showing my back🤣🤣🤣😍


  18. Perfect, Orsola is beautiful isn’t she!!!! Xx


  19. Orsola counts!!! We’ve got a discount for it and I’m sooooo tempted to make it too!!! Xx


  20. Michelle says:

    I love this! My work wardrobe is full of wrap dresses but I haven’t actually sewn one yet. This is also a great excuse to let the Orsola dress queue jump 😉

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  21. Debby58 says:

    Aww fantastic thank you. I’ll be researching lots for inspiration with this help. Would the Orsola dress count? Also looked at the Kielo too. Gaping has always been my issue. I don’t do low cut anything🤣🤣

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  22. Excellent…do you have one in particular in mind? We’ll be picking and sharing our favourite Burda patterns on here…wonder if yours will be included!? Xx


  23. Brilliant!!!! Especially good fun when you know it’s a pattern that works for you already!!xx

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  24. Phew!! Hahaha! Excellent, oooh wonder what pattern you’ve gone for!? Xx


  25. Ah I’m sooooo glad you think so Helene! It’s gonna be fun!!!! Xxxx


  26. Oh Clemence you’ll be entering a whole new world now you’ve joined up to Instagram! Hehehe. Looking forward to seeing what pattern you pick! X

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  27. We’ll be posting a couple of blogs soon showing lots of really varied styles. My biggest bug bear was always gaping fronts on jersey wrap dresses. I’m totally convinced by the Cashmerette ‘Appleton’ dress. I’ll help all I can! Xxx


  28. Oh that’s brilliant Meghan! I’m looking forward to seeing your dress 😉


  29. Maria Hayek says:

    Oh no! No zippers? I need to find another pattern…I found another pattern 🙂 Still in!

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  30. Janet says:

    I’ve been hunting for a good excuse to make another version of V8379 – thank you!

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  31. Hélène says:

    This is huge, Sarah! Your challenge is getting bigger and better this year. Thank you!!!

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  32. D says:

    This is fantastic! I want to make a Burda pattern!

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  33. Clémence says:

    Ohh this is really exciting! I just got the Instagram app a few days ago (I’m so behind)
    I will have to see if I fall in love with any wrap dress patterns! (How could I not?)

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  34. Debby58 says:

    That’s so good Sarah. Hopefully I’ll find something to suit from all of those suggestions. Thanks for the discount codes too. I enjoyed last year so really hope i find something❤

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  35. MEGHAN says:

    Perfect timing, I just bought the Wanda dress from Wardrobe by Me last week! I’m excited to get going and participate in this challenge 🙂

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