Here’s my last make of 2014!
This is the Muse Gillian wrap dress. This is the first knit wrap dress I’ve made and I can tell you that I will never make another woven wrap dress again. It always seems like I can never get the fit just right in a woven wrap dress and I’m forever worrying about showing too much boobage or having the sides open on me. I have to alter the bodices to get them to fit right and it’s just a pain to wear. This is not so with this knit dress. It hugs snugly and does what you want it to do without worrying about wardrobe malfunctions.I’ve loved this pattern since it came out and have been looking forward to making it. I made the long sleeved version in a size 48 using jersey knits from Mood. These fabrics I’m not so sure of…. These were both the “sale of the day” fabrics and 50% off so they were a steal. They looked like they went together both in the online photos and when I received them. However, when I started putting this dress together, it just seems like the chartreuse green is a bit too bright for this dress and that it doesn’t quite match.
The print fabric is an Italian multicolor stretch rayon jersey and a chartreuse stretch cotton jersey. Both fabrics held their colors splendidly and didn’t fade either of the times they were washed. A more avocado colored green would have probably looked better in the contrast trim.
However, I’m not sure that it’s the bright chartreuse that really gets me as much as how the print kind of looks like camouflage… I wore this dress shortly after making it around New Year’s in San Francisco and I noticed people staring at me. I was wearing an avocado green scarf I had just knitted and my brown “leather” jacket with these same boots and everything was pretty coordinated and I thought that I looked damn good. If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, you’ll know that people often dress pretty vibrantly in the city with eclectic outfits and I’ve never been stared at there. It came to me that from a distance I looked like I was wearing a camo dress….. This was made even more clear when later in the day I wore this around my dad (an Army dude) who complimented me on my dress….. yeah…. because it looks like a camo dress. My dad has never paid much attention to any of my dresses, so I figured something was up. I abhor the camo print trend and would never sport it on any article of clothing, much less a dress. So every time I see this dress I think CAMO. Which probably means that this dress is relegated to the “at home” section of my wardrobe.
Beyond the colors and the print I do love this pattern. Kat designed an easy to wear and flattering dress that goes together very well. It does take a bit more fabric than my other knit dress patterns, but that’s not surprising with a wrap dress. The instructions are great and I wasn’t confused about any of the directions. It fits me just right and is super comfortable to wear. The only thing I might change next time is the tie sash as it seems a bit long and I’m not sure if I need the length. I experimented with tying it around to the front and putting a bow on the side, but it looks better tied in the back.
I went back and forth between my sewing machine and my serger while making this. It’s not really a dress you could make fully on your serger as there is gathering on the bodice and a lot of top-stitching. I love the little details and the slight retro 1940’s feel to it. It’s a great pattern that I will most definitely be making again in the future. Just not with a “camo” print! 🙂
- Dress: Muse Gillian wrap dress in Italian rayon jersey print and chartreuse cotton jersey, made by me
- Boots: Aerosoles
- Sunglasses: Tory Burch