For the Love of All that is Gingham: Seamwork Reggie Wrap Dress
It was love at first sight with Seamwork Mag's Reggie Dress. The model they used in the product photos is a beautiful curvy woman, which instantly sold me on the pattern even though it seems very out of my wheelhouse. From what I can tell, I have a very similar body type to the model featured, so even though this pattern is a different silhouette than what I would normally go for (i.e. curve hugging, waist accentuating) I couldn't resist. This dress was totally out of my comfort zone in both sewing and style, I've never EVER worn a wrap dress before! I never considered them to be my style until now!
I hemmed and hawed over fabric choice for this dress, as I was so enamored with the black and white sample featured on the web (okay I might have a style crush on the whole look, sue me) but I didn't want to copy it EXACTLY. It took me a while to bite the bullet and purchase this Robert Kaufman cotton gingham in fog. I also was a big ol' dummy, and didn't listen to the suggested yardage for this pattern, and ordered 3 yards instead of 4. What midi dress needs 4 yards of anything? As you may have realized, a wrap dress has 3 full sized skirt panels, hence the 4 yards. I almost gave myself a heart attack when I went to order more fabric and was smacked in the face with a big ol' OUT OF STOCK sign. Luckily RobKauf is a popular brand and widely available on many websites. Anyways LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES AND ORDER THE SUGGESTED AMOUNT OF FABRIC THE FIRST TIME.
If you've followed my other Seamwork sagas (weston shorts, leonora skirt) you'll know that I pretty religiously cut and fit into a seamwork size 16, even though I measure out to about an 18 or a 20. For this dress I anticipated hacking up a full bust adjustment, so I cut a 14 and slashed and spread my pattern to a 1 inch fba. I LOVE the results. The back of the bodice is fitted and not baggy, and my boobs look great, if I do say so myself. I did have some sleeve issues, I had to widen the width of the sleeve cuff which made the gathered sleeves a bit less puffy than anticipated, but I like the final result.
I also have discovered a fun surprise: my boobs are too big to tie the wrap dress. I struggle to button the button near my armpit and I REALLY struggle to tie the nice ties into a pretty bow. Currently I use Sam to make a nice bow until I get longer arms or tinier boobs.
Other adjustments: Facings are literally the bane of my entire existence, so I took the time to line the bodice instead with some muslin I had lying around and it was such a nice touch. It makes me happy when I see it hanging on a hanger on the back of my door. I also used a handmade button made for me by my best friend Stephanie of Fired Figments as a special touch for just me to see.
Definitely excited to have stepped into the world of wrap dresses! Not sure where I'm going from here, but I'm feeling good about it.
Also, I wrote a post for the Curvy Sewing Collective on how to deal with mean comments about your body on the internet, especially for sewists. Make sure to check it out!