Looking for some more #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 wrap dress inspiration? We’ve got loads for you today! Firstly, have you seen Helen from Helen’s Closet’s fabulous ‘Indie Darling’ Wrap Dress blog post?She’s chosen some amazing patterns from a whole host of Indie designers which are bound to inspire you! Here we bring you our top Burda magazine and Big 4 Pattern Picks plus we’ve thrown in a Wildcard and a bonus Freebie at the end for good measure!
(Pssst, click on the images or their titles to find out more!)
Starting with Burda…
In our opinion, Burda is an amazing source of patterns and of pattern pieces you can use to hack the patterns you already have. As you’ll likely have seen, this year the lovely Hila from Saturday Night Stitch is hosting an inspired year long Instagram challenge/initiative – #burdachallenge2018 – to encourage us to get more out of our collection of Burda magazines. If you don’t have the magazines, no worries, you can also download the patterns directly from their online pattern store.
There are loads of wrap dress patterns on the Burda website; these are our top six from my #sewtogetherforsummer co-host Suzy’s own magazine collection:
We had to start here, this iconic classic long wrap dress has simple lines with a flouncy front, front and back darts for shaping and a buttoned cuff detail. It would flow gorgeously in any lightweight woven fabric.
Our second choice is perfect for hot summer days and will carry you through to evening! Made from jersey, this strappy dress pattern will cling to your curves and can be worn sexily short or romantically long.
Our next choice is a short sleeved dress from the Plus Size collection; it has simple lines that would be great for showcasing a fabulous bold print. It is a jersey dress and would be incredibly comfortable in true DvF style!
One of the things we love about Burda is that they have a few petite patterns per month, perfect for those of us shorter in body and/or leg! This wrap dress is for woven fabrics and has quite a daring side slit which we think looks totally on trend paired with jeans, a simple bodice and 3/4 length sleeves which we think would look great hacked with a tie cuff!
Next up is a long sleeved jersey wrap dress; we love its asymmetric hem and curve enhancing, tummy skimming pleats!
We couldn’t stop at 5, as we had to include…
We love the drama in this dress! It has a lot going on including puff sleeves, interesting godet cuffs, a high-low hem and an ultra-feminine tulip shaped skirt!
Next up we’ve got Monika’s picks from the Big 4…
“As much as we all love Indie Patterns, beautiful packaging and a detailed ‘sewalong’, sometimes you just can’t beat those sales and picking up a pattern for a just a few $£€. Here is a small selection of wrap dresses from the Big 4 that we think really deserve a shout out!”
If you find jersey too clingy, Buttericks’ B6446 might be the wrap dress for you. It recommends cotton blends, linen, challis, gingham and satin and we love the flattering pleats around the bodice and waist. As Monika says “Get in my stash now…!”
We think this 60s Simplicity reproduction is a dream! It has the clean no-fuss look of a shift dress but that curved wrap at the back gives it something really special. We think it would look great with a belt too. And yes, it really can be wrapped from either the front or back!
There are a lot of patterns for a classic wrap dress but this Vogue V8646 seems to have better reviews than others. You can make it in jersey or crepe and at Vogue they reckon it’s easy (but I guess we’ve all fallen for that before!), certainly we love that it offers different cup sizes!
Another dress that promises to be quick and easy is Kwik Sew 3489. It is designed for jersey so should feel very comfortable. Based on reviews, Monika reckons she would definitely try this pattern as long as the jersey isn’t too drapey!
Now this is how we like our patterns – versatile with lots of sleeve and skirt options! We think Views C and D would make a great office dress, with Views A and B having all the 50s vibes! Monika can’t resist a full skirt! It’s designed for women’s so perhaps look for some beautiful linen or chambray?
And as a Wildcard…
Pattern Review are also one of the Challenge sponsors. They will be offering a very generous 30% discount on their PR Exclusive ‘Claire’ dress from the 27th April to 4th May so if you love the look of that yoke, generous cleavage coverage and interesting collar, it would be a good time to head over to their website then to snap it up at the discounted price!
And here’s the freebie…
Has anybody tried this pattern? It’s a simple classic shape with straight skirt and optional tie belt.
- you can read Helen’s Closet ‘Indie Darling’ Wrap Dress Post for more dress inspo;
- if you’re sewing a Burda Wrap Dress for the challenge, you can find out more about Hila’s #BurdaChallenge2018 here;
- you can remind yourself of our entry requirements from the #sewtogetherforsummer launch blog post:
- to check out the #sewtogetherforsummer sponsored gifts postto see what’s being offered to participants! (And we’ll be adding to this list soon!)
- You can see all the dresses myself, Suzy and Monika have sewn for the challenge, so far, in my ‘Appleton Wrap Dress by Cashmerette’ post.
Also, the lovely Amanda from @isewalot (she really does!) has posted a vlog showcasing her wrap dress patterns :
Until next time, have fun stitching! And if you’re sewing a wrap dress, let me know how you’re getting on!