Allegra has become a recent fan of wrap dresses. She loves the way they look and feel, and she has a wonderful figure to carry off this kind of silhouette!
After looking over quite a few wrap dress patterns that I sent her, she chose the Elodie Wrap Dress pattern from Closet Core Patterns. The only requested change was to narrow the sleeves a little from the original design.
The Elodie Wrap Dress can be sewn in 11 sizes from 0 to 20. We sewed a size 12. There are options for short or long dolman sleeves, and above the knee, midi or maxi length on the skirt. There can be pockets or not. Allegra chose the short sleeves, and a midi length. Then she had one additional request…that I use black fabric for the tie waistband. I have to admit I was a little skeptical, but just look at how amazing it looks defining her waist!
The instructions for the Elodie Wrap Dress are very thorough, and we sewed this dress in only two days. The pattern has drawn illustrations, and give instructions on how to completely finish the inside for a professional finish. Of course we left it hang before hemming on the 3rd day though! And the hem actually needed no adjustments after hanging. This fabric is very stable and not so heavy that it pulled the hem out of balance.
Let’s talk about this beautiful fabric Allegra chose. This is stretch satin crepe fabric from Minerva. It comes in several different color ways, and I have my eye on the navy and yellow for myself! Even though this fabric is smooth and very satin-y to the touch, it was not very difficult to work with and sew.
There is a tiny bit of stretch to this fabric, which makes the resulting garment a dream to wear, I’m told. There’s just enough give to make the dress not pull or feel tight anywhere, and yet it’s not so stretchy that it sags anywhere either.
The waist darts make this dress very nicely tailored and the shaped fit is very complimentary. They are constructed across the front and back, and create such a shapely result.
In the front, there is a good amount of crossover in the skirt, and Allegra loved it! She did feel like the crossover in the top was not quite as much as she wanted, but when I offered to add a snap to keep it closed higher up, she relayed that she planned to wear a tank underneath anyway, and so the snap wasn’t needed.
Allegra has paired this dress with both black flats and nude heels very nicely. And of course she says the massively roomy pockets are one of her favorite features of the dress!
One thing about this pattern, it can be a fabric hog! Especially if you sew the maxi version with long sleeves. The size 12 short sleeves midi version recommended 3.5 yards of fabric, but I had only ordered 3, and was able to get it from that much without a huge amount of time playing pattern tetras! I didn’t even have to turn some of the pieces in an alternate direction (but I could of because this fabric’s pattern is tossed and not directional as far a Is can tell.)