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I have received quite some emails and comments about sharing a wrap dress pattern. And after quite some time of procrastinating, I am presenting it to you all!
This is the flat sketch of the design. I bet any of us would love to have a wrap dress!
The Diana dress is created in 10 sizes from XXS to 5XL, which means even if you are skinny or chubby, you can find one that fits you best!
The pattern is made using layered PDF, please check for your desired size before printing so you won’t waste your paper. I have included a first page with many details about sizing and printing, so please first read the first page and make sure you know what size you need! If you still do not know how to print a layered PDF, please check for the instruction here.
You can print this using your home printer and A4/Letter paper. I calculated the printing area so that you will be able to use either type of paper to print the pattern out perfectly. Always print the first page first and check with the test square if you are printing at the right scale before you print out the whole pattern – avoid waste of ink and waste of paper, save the earth!
Some PC may print smaller than actual size even when you choose 100% scale – I don’t know why this problem exist, but my HP laptop cannot print true to size. I have to scale up to 103% to get the right size. You may need to check with your PC to see if it prints true to size, if not, scale up a bit.
HOW TO SEW THE DIANA WRAP SHEATH DRESS
The Diana dress is actually a simple one and even beginners can make it!
You will need
- Fabric of your choice
- Fusible interfacing
- Scissors, pencil or fabric marker, ruler, pins
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
What fabric can be used for this project? Although it depends on your choice, I recommend using woven fabric. If you want to use stretch fabric, go down one size for better fit. Opt for soft flowy fabric for a romantic look, solid color or fun prints, each will create a unique style.
How much fabric do you need for this piece of garment? You may need to check how much fabric you need before buying. It will depend on the selected pattern size, the width, and design of the fabric you plan to use. Just to be sure, print all the paper patterns and lay them out at the width of fabric you plan to use (usually from 90 to 150 centimeters or 35 to 60 inches). Measure how much fabric you will need. Don’t forget to account for pieces that need to be cut multiple times and pieces that are cut on the fold.
After printing out and taping all the pattern pages together, you will get something similar to this image:
You will see that there are 2 sets of lines on each pattern size. The inner lines are sewing line (and you sew along these lines), and the outer lines are cutting lines (you cut the fabric along these lines, remember the folding lines where you have to fold the fabric before cutting). The distance between sewing line and cutting line is seam allowance, and it varies from point to point. For example, the side seam allowance is about 1/2 inch (1.2cm), and seam allowance at hemline is 1 inch (2.5cm). This is the reason why I do not remove the sewing lines from the pattern. Please use it as a guide to know how much seam allowance you need to give at each seam.
Fabric will be cut into following pieces:
- Front Dress – 2 pieces
- Back Dress – 1 piece on fold
- Front facing – 2 pieces main fabric + 2 pieces fusible interfacing
- Back facing – 1 piece main fabric + 1 piece fusible interfacing
- Sleeve – 2 pieces
Make sure to mark all notches and other design features such as pleats etc. from the pattern piece onto your fabric. When sewing the garment, pay attention to notches, they must match up.
1. Serge the fabric to prevent fraying. If you use non fraying fabric (like fleece or knitted fabric), you can skip this step.
2. Apply fusible interfacing to the front facing and back facing pieces.
3. Sew the bust darts and waist darts of the front dress and back dress.
4. Place the right Front Facing and Back Facing pieces right side facing, pin and sew the shoulder seam. Repeat with the left Front Facing and Back Facing.
5. Place the right Front Dress and Back Dress pieces right side facing, pin and sew the shoulder seam. Repeat with the left Front Dress and Back Dress.
6. Place the joined facing piece and the joined dress right side facing. Match the notch, pin and sew the neckline and front opening of the dress. Clip the curves and press the seam allowance toward the facing. Top stitch on to the facing to keep the facing from turning out.
7. Sew the seam of the sleeve.
8. Place the sleeve and the dress right side facing at the armhole. Match the notches, pin and sew to join the sleeve.
9. Hem the sleeves and the skirt.
10. Make buttonhole using the buttonhole feature of your home sewing machine (or by hand). Attach button.
All done! Now do you believe me that it’s not difficult to get a neat wrap sheath dress?
And here is the download link: