It’s good to try new things. Deep fried Mars bars. Salsa dancing. Visiting a new country. It helps us to push our boundaries and get out of our comfort zone.
Sometimes though, there’s genuine reasons why you’re reluctant to try – and that little nagging voice in the back of your head could actually be spouting words of wisdom.
Let me set the scene by giving you a quick overview of what there is NOT in my wardrobe – there are no V-necks, and no wrap dresses. Neck-wise, I go for round crew necks, roll necks or shirt collars. There is not a single V-neck in sight – I just don’t like the shape. They look weird to me. The only ‘wrap’ item I own is my fuzzy dressing gown.
Based on all the above, you might be wondering why on earth I decided to make a wrap dress. I kind of am too. I’d seen a few lovely ones kicking about t’interwebs, including this amazeballs one by Sew Sarah Smith in which she totally nails the wrap dress bombshell look, whereas I feel a bit matronly in mine. Wrap dresses are always mentioned whenever hourglass figures are talked about – you can wrap them around your figure, highlight your curves, look amazing blah blah etc etc. I thought I should at least try it just once, and if I don’t like it then at least I know not to bother making any more, right?
Well, long story short let’s just say I won’t be making any more. That’s why I chose the title I did for this post – ‘that’s a wrap’ as in it’s a wrap dress (obvs), and also ‘that’s a wrap’ as in that’s the end of that. No more wrap dresses for me. It turns out there’s a very good reason that I don’t have any other V-necks or wrap dresses in my wardrobe. I don’t like the look of the ‘V’ on me (or anyone really), and this might sound weird but I don’t like the feel of the wrap bodice. I can’t quite put my finger on why, there’s just something that feels a bit weird about the front, where the wraps cross. Maybe its the facing, which feels a tad on the wide side – you can see the line of stitching in the picture below, showing the width. Or maybe I’m just weird. One of the two. It just felt like the bodice worked against my shape rather than with it.
The dress looks sort of pretty, but it’s just SO MUCH LIKE A DRESSING GOWN to me. I felt really frumpy in the bodice, like the only way I could make it look less frumpy would be to go for cleavage with a push up bra… but I live in my comfy Watson bras and I don’t want to spend all day with my boobs in my chin. And I’m not really in to tops that are all about the boobage anyway… I can’t just seem to reconcile this dress with either my figure or my style.
Although I really love the fabric, I won’t be wearing the dress again and will donate it to someone who will at least get some use out of it. I do plan to buy some more of the fabric and make a Kielo wrap dress though, as I know I will feel much more comfortable in that (see the short sleeve and the long sleeve ones I’ve made here!).
This was a Minerva Crafts blogger network make, so head on over there for the full post where I talk about the absolutely pointless pockets in this dress and the severe chopping that it was subjected to before I would wear it out in public…
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