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It’s a wrap! (1940’s cotton wrap dress)

It’s summer down here in Australia, so it felt like a good time to make Anne Adams 4705 (circa late 1940s/early 1950).
















My version is made from quilter’s cotton purchased at Spotlight last year, and took about 4m of trim.

I’m pretty happy with this dress! It went together quite easily (except for all the hand-sewing of facings eep), and let me indulge my obsession for ric-rac trim!

The only major modifications I had to make were a sway-back adjustment to stop gaping, and to enlarge the hip pieces to fit my measurements.

Never skimp on making a muslin, even if it just confirms the pattern will fit you straight out of the packet.















Would I recommend this pattern? Yes, it’s easy to sew (if a bit fiddly with the trim) and easy to grade to different sizes.

Would I sew it again? Possibly, but I have a few other house-dress patterns I’d like to try first.

As always, more on my blog 🙂

About the author: A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.

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  • MmePolaire January 26, 2014, 1:39 am

    Very nice! Love the ric rac! I’m cutting out a dress tonight and I’m going to edge it in ric rac now! I also own this pattern, but have never made it up. Very adorable!

  • Lauriana January 26, 2014, 4:04 am

    What a great dress! I don’t always like ric rac but it works so well here.

  • craftylittlebugger January 26, 2014, 4:58 am

    I love the back of this dress. Really unusual.

  • Gracefullyvintage January 26, 2014, 6:18 am

    I love this dress and the fabric is beautiful!

  • Lazy Seamstress January 26, 2014, 8:32 am

    I love this! I love your choice of fabric, and yes ric rac always gets my vote. Lovely. x

  • Marie January 26, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Wow, this is really lovely! Love your fabric choice and all the added details!

  • Ami January 28, 2014, 3:11 am

    Love this dress! So pretty!

  • Isis January 28, 2014, 6:42 am

    How cute!

  • highheelhippie January 31, 2014, 9:55 am

    Great job! I love that pattern and it looks fab on you. The fabric really rocks with your hair!

  • QueensGirl February 1, 2014, 10:50 am

    Oh, this pattern looks like a home- sew version of a Swirl wrap dress, which had a single button at the back of the neck. The print of the fabric matches the style of the dress perfectly, and looks great with red hair!

  • theresa May 27, 2015, 11:15 am

    Have you thought of selling digitalized patterns? I would love to make this dress!

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