I'm honoured to be a guest blogger for Brave Fabrics. I selected a gorgeous knit from Art Gallery Fabrics Woodland collection to make my own take on the CharliAnne Wrap Dress by Sew To Grow.
First, lets talk fabric. This fabric is amazing!! It is even more beautiful in real life than it looked online (and it's beautiful online!) and it is SO soft and stretchy with the perfect amount of thickness and drape. It really is such high quality. It washes beautifully and was a dream to sew with. Honestly, I'm more of a woven fabrics girl but these knits by AGF could convert me! It didn't stretch out of shape whilst sewing like some knits do, it was even easy to hem!
I use a vintage (1976) Bernina sewing machine, so I don't have a fancy walking foot or a lot of fancy stitch options. However I didn't need them, this fabric was a dream to sew!
The pattern I used was the CharliAnne Wrap Dress which is a new pattern by Sew To Grow. Full disclosure: I now have 3 of these dresses and have hacked 2 tops from the pattern. I'm a bit obsessed! I was originally going to make a different dress, but once I got the fabric I knew it had to be a wrap dress.
The CharliAnne Wrap Dress is a pattern for woven fabric. I cut out my usual size, however made it knee length rather than the full length. As a result, I used less fabric than the pattern suggests. I used the darts in the skirt and bodice front as I didn't want my dress to be too clingy. I did omit the darts from the back bodice.
To stop the dress stretching too much, I used a woven bias to finish the edges as per the instructions in the pattern. This worked beautifully and as you can see, it lays really nicely.
I am SO happy with this dress and in love with the fabric. I know it will be on high rotation for all seasons!