When I reviewed this book I hadn't tried any of the patterns out yet but I already thought that I was likely to encounter fit issues as I normally do with Gertie's patterns - I had to change things to varying degrees on patterns from her Craftsy courses, Butterick patterns and the ones from her previous book. It's never in a major way but she seems to fit most patterns to people with broader shoulders than myself. It was for this reason that I did a toile - although I have to say I am getting to the point of doing them for most things now if I am the tiniest bit unsure of the fit on me and it really does help. A toile also means you can check the style suits you before cutting into your precious fabric and it allows you to try out any tricky techniques in the pattern or just to familiarise yourself with how the garment is put together before you do it on the real thing. Apart from the fact that I managed to draw out pattern pieces and make up a toile for the bodice back and front in a size smaller than myself on my first attempt, when I finally did make up the correct size I was pleasantly surprised that it fit perfectly with no need for any changes. This is a complete plus point for me and I am now more likely to dip into this book to make stuff knowing it should all fit just fine.
The wrap dress was a really easy piece to sew and nothing was too difficult so I imagine an adventurous beginner with a few projects under their belt would be able to cope with it - especially as there are no zips or buttonholes needed. There is a back bodice with darts and two triangular shaped wrap pieces with darts for the front bodice. As the front pieces are cut on the bias Gertie suggests a way of preventing the fabric stretching out that is more durable than stay stitching, she suggests putting a small piece of interfacing or stay tape on the seam allowance which is cut on the grain. I hope you can make out the picture here of the adhesive interfacing I used to see what I mean. It really made the fabric very sturdy and I would recommend doing it over just stay stitching if you make this dress. You also get a glimpse of my awful ironing board. I so need a new one especially as I cut through it the other day whilst prepping some fabric - if you look closely at the orange circle you can see what I mean...!
The rest of the dress was pretty straightforward and I managed to make it up in a couple of days. I went out in it last night after just finishing it and it was lovely to wear and I felt very feminine in it - and its the first time in my life I have walked out the door in an outfit (dress and coat) made all by little me! My boyfriend thinks it makes me look a little like an eighties throw back with my material choice (and I realise he has said this about other things I have made come to think of it) but I just love the design. Its a versatile dress - I can keep it wintry with a camisole underneath and a pair of thick woolly tights or I can wear it in summer easily as the dress is made of a relatively thin material.
Whats on your sewing table? Anyone tried this dress or recommend any good wrap dresses to sew up?