That’s a {Violet} Wrap {Dress}

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This pattern has been sitting in my pattern stash for at least a year (probably longer). I fell in love with the violet dress on the front as soon as I saw it, but the only problem was that I just couldn’t seem to find the right coloured fabric! It needed to be a violet wrap dress. No other colour would do. Needless to say, I found the right fabric a few weeks ago, but guess what? It’s actually cotton quilt backing! I know, I’m such a rebel.

The best thing about buying quilt backing for a project? You get twice the amount of fabric for the same price because it’s folded over double on the bolt. You really can’t lose folks.

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While the dress itself was relatively simple to make up, I spent so much time on hand sewing I could cry. I really really didn’t want to lose the clean lines down the front of the dress by top stitching my facings in place by machine, and so I did it all by hand. If I didn’t know how to do an invisible hand stitch before, I sure do now. But just look at that hand stitching! Oh wait, you can’t…

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I also added some purple hem lace to the front line of the skirt. This was actually lace left over from our wedding and I still have a bunch of it in all sorts of happy colours. I really love the result and think my next few garments will probably all have lace detailing of some kind on them.

Last but not least, I swapped out the arm facings for bias binding. I have a tutorial on how to make your own bias binding here and will have a tutorial on replacing arm facings with bias binding on my blog on Friday!

A little bit more on my blog here :)

xx Jen

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8 comments… add one

  • I’m a pear shape and my heart jumps for joy when I see a pretty project with an a-line. This is so flatteou ring and the colour compliments your skin/hair wonderfully!

    happy sewing!
    Allison

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  • That is a really good color on you.

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  • So glad you held out for this color because it looks amazing on you! And the lace inside is so pretty! :)

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    • Agree! The color is gorgeous on you!

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  • Yay for waiting for the right color. It’s perfect. Love all the hand sewing.

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  • This is so lovely! I love the addition of the lace. It’s the small, clever little touches on the inside that make sewing your own clothes such a joy. Keep up the great work!

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  • This dress is very nice. I love wrap dresses, but the lace on the inside of the “wrap” makes it extra special. Hand stitching can be a lot of work but so worth it.

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