This pattern is rated average but I would call it "quick and easy". The most time consuming part was cutting and sewing the binding to the dress and belt. Other than that this is super-duper easy.
So what can I say about this pattern other than it's super easy?
It's your basic wrap bodice knit dress. The binding is very simple add. With the raw edges together, just sew the right side of the binding to the wrong side of the dress edges, press the seam towards the binding, turn the binding over onto the right side of the dress encasing the seam and raw edges, and stitch in place from the right side of the fabric.
Couple of things to note.
- This calls for a side seam zipper. Why? I don't know as I doubt anyone would need it unless the knit you choose didn't have much stretch and you wanted a really tight fit at the waistline.
- If you eliminate the zipper, there is no need to sew the sleeves in after the bodice side seams are sewn. Go ahead and set the sleeves in flat and then sew your side seam. Much easier.
- Even though it isn't called for, I added bias binding at the sleeve hems. Mainly because I was on a roll binding all those raw edges and I didn't notice that the pattern design didn't call for that. I don't think it matters one way or the other.
- This is one long belt, and you need to wrap carefully in the back to keep the nice look in the front. The pattern instructions have you sew the top edge of the belt in place on the front of the bodice. I did this, but I think I'm going to remove it and see how the belt holds up without that structure.
- I sewed a size 12 with no FBA in the neck/bust/waist area and tapered to a 14 at the hips. It might run large, but I'm not sure if it's the pattern or the fact that I've dropped a few pounds. I'm thinking it's the pattern.
Do I love it? Nah, but I like it. I have other wrap dresses that I like the fit of more than this one. But I do like the extra detail of the contrast binding and the deep purple.
Now if the weather would just warm back up to the 70s I might get be able to get a few wearings out of this before it gets tucked away for the season. Pin It