Diane von Furstenberg invented the wrap dress in 1972 and women have been clutching their skirts closed ever since! For those who've had a wrap dress unwrap, here's a design that never flies open unexpectedly. The bodice in form-fitting stretch fabric wraps in the classical way. The skirt, a simple rectangle, is sewn firmly closed and takes advantage of all the great prints and plaids available in woven fabric.
- Multi-size pattern fits Bust size 73-108cm(29-43") , *Go online to clotheslinepatterns.com/its-a-wrap for a comprehensive step-by-step photo tutorial , *Cheat sheet - single page summary of instructions to print , *Pattern has just 12 A4 pages to print and paste together , *Great for beginners
Materials you need at home:
- Bodice - 25% stretch fabric , Skirt - simple rectangle of woven fabric , Bias binding , Stretch machine needle , Thread
An older neighbour once told me about how she would shop in the morning for a pattern and fabric, sew a new dress in the afternoon and wear it out that night. I love that idea! That's the spirit of Clothesline Patterns, simple clothes-making to be sewn in a single day.
Back in 2008, when I couldn't find the simple, speedy clothing patterns I was looking for, I decided to make them myself. Private patternmaking classes led to full time study in clothing design and technology at MSIT, a technical college in Brisbane, Australia.
I've worked in a number of creative industries - visual merchandising, graphic design, event styling - but now live amongst the sugar cane fields just outside Mackay in rural Queensland, happily making things for my website www.clotheslinepatterns.com.
Our motto at Clothesline : Be you. Everyone else is taken.
Carmen Hing Fay