That’s a wrap

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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  1. December 3, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I love the fabric and photo styling and I think the dress looks great but I can understand you not liking it on yourself, you know your style and what works but agree it’s always good to step out your comfort zone. I don’t do V necks either but I am planning a wrap cardy but I’ll wear a round neck top underneath!! 😁

    • Sarah
      December 5, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Ahh thanks Maxine πŸ™‚ I do really love the photos, and the fabric, just not the style of the dress πŸ™ Two out of three ain’t bad so they say! At least I can say that I’ve tried, and I know in future not to bother making anything else with a V neck or wrap bodice. Haha love that you are balancing out the V neck with a good ol’ round neck top!! πŸ™‚

  2. Sandra
    December 3, 2017 / 8:38 am

    I agree with your dislike of wrap tops. I think they look matronly is you are anything other than straight up and down but love the V neck on you.

    • Sarah
      December 5, 2017 / 8:13 am

      Thanks Sandra πŸ™‚ Yep, I will now be 100% staying away from wrap tops and V necks! I do think wrap bodices look a bit weird, perhaps they should be reserved exclusively for dancers! At least I’ve tried it out now, and know for sure not to make anything similar in the future. Live and learn, hey!

  3. Celia
    December 3, 2017 / 8:39 am

    I like the dress, Sarah! It looks great in the full length shot with heels – not frumpy at all! I’ve made a few wrap dresses, in both knit and woven fabrics, and prefer the woven fabrics (crepe and cotton) as they are not so ‘clingy’!

    • Sarah
      December 5, 2017 / 8:16 am

      Ahh, thanks Celia! Yes I imagine that a wrap dress in a woven fabric would give a more flattering look – this jersey was quite thin so absolutely no use whatsoever at covering up any lumps and bumps! And it was horrible to sew with, stretching all over the place – I would much prefer to use a woven fabric! I’m chalking this one up to experience and now know not to bother making anything of a similar style in future. Which suits me fine as I’ve got plenty of other patterns to be getting on with!!

  4. December 3, 2017 / 9:12 am

    It’s a nice dress, but it definitely shows that you are not feeling it! It’s odd the things we consider frumpy isn’t it? For me, high necklines, Peter Pan collars and [the ultimate in frump, plus a vile ‘new’ name] ‘pussy bow’ blouses. *shudders* I associate shirtwaists with my mum, tiny collars with school uniform, and those tie neck blouses [that’s better] with Miss Moneypenny and prim spinsters of my youth. I cannot wear them, uh uh, nope. Chanel-style jackets also fall into that category, forever something that ‘older ladies’ coveted when I was young. Yuck.
    I used to wear wrap dresses a lot when I worked in schools, not so much these days as my increasing girth does not suit them. I agree that there is something about that particular style which does NOT show the best in wrap garments!
    Personal style evolves slowly I think, no point in shocking it right out of your comfort zone!

    • Sarah
      December 5, 2017 / 8:26 am

      Hmm, yes it’s very interesting as I love a high neck! Roll necks and shirts feature a lot in my wardrobe, though I don’t think I own anything that has a deep neck… Peter Pan collars can be a bit too cutesy for me, I prefer a good pointy collar… but I totally agree on the ‘tie neck’ blouses πŸ˜€ I do associate them with an older generation. Are they even still about now?!
      I just cannot like this wrap dress – it’s that bodice. It’s like, do the wraps go over the boobs or one over/one under? I’ve seen some people wear it like that, but it just makes one boob look weird. I think the self-fabric belt doesn’t help the dressing gown vibe going on here either. Well – I’ve made one, I don’t like it so I won’t bother making another!!

  5. December 3, 2017 / 9:14 am

    PS, looking at the va-va-voom red version, I can’t even believe it’s the same dress! I think you selected the wrong style option sweetie! That wide facing and waistband are NOT giving the ‘usual’ wrap dress vibe lol

  6. December 4, 2017 / 5:05 am

    I know what you mean about a dressing gown vibe, I guess it’s the tie? – I have a problem where I think certain styles and prints look like pyjamas on me! I made a faux wrap dress with a similar neckline and a waistband and it’s one of my favourites. Lovely fabric, would make a great kielo ;o)

    • Sarah
      December 5, 2017 / 8:35 am

      I think you’re right… the tie doesn’t do it any favours. I could cover it up with a chunky belt but then that’s an awful lot of layers around my middle! Before I chopped the skirt and the sleeves to what you see here, it looked 100% MORE like a dressing gown. It was horrific! With your pyjamas and my dressing gown it seems we’ve got a whole nightwear set πŸ˜€ I will gift the dress to a friend, and move on from this style. I’ll chalk it up to experience and at least now I know for sure not to sew anything similar in future. I think I will buy more of the fabric to make a kielo though!

  7. December 5, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Well I stand by my view that you’d look knockout in anything but yeah I can see what you mean about the wrap front. Is it that the bands are so wide I wonder? Mmmm. I am resolute in thinking you’d look killer in a black 1940s style, something with high drama and statement shoulders. I’m not convincing you am I!? πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ ok I’ll shut up now! I’m off to read your other post on it cos you always write a good adventure! (And thanks for the shout out love!) xx

    • Sarah
      December 10, 2017 / 9:48 am

      Your wrap dress was my inspiration! You succeeded and I failed miserably πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ you know what, you actually kind of are luring me in with the 40s style… I’m thinking Dita Von Teese… BUT if I make another one and it’s hideous again I’m holding you responsible 🀣🀣🀣😘 xx

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