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Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress

I fell in love with this fabric and then as soon as it arrived, I went a bit blank as to what I might make with it. After much online researching, I finally settled on the 'Bethany Dress' by If Kim Wore Clothes. I was drawn to the puff sleeves and the midi length of this pattern - there seem to be a lot of dresses like this in the shops right now. As always, there is a fantastic sewing community online, who are very generous with sharing their makes and tips, so its always worth checking them out as fabric choice etc can really change a look.

This was a downloadable PDF pattern which you print and assemble yourself. Most of the patterns I have used have been like this, so I am used to it, but if you've not assembled patterns this way, they are an added step and a little more labour intensive. Once that was out the way though, it was a pretty simple garment to cut and sew.

This is the first time I have used one of their patterns, but I like a few of their designs, so I may well try some others in the future. They are designed with the beginner in mind and come with a small instruction booklet and diagrams. Whilst it wasn't a complicated sew as such (no zips, darts, pleats etc.), I would say that if you were a true beginner, you might appreciate a little more explanation in places? That said, the pattern pieces went together really nicely and everything just fitted beautifully.

I made a size 10, based on my measurements. The bodice seemed tiny once I'd cut it out and I was worried it wasn't going to cover or it was going to be too high, but once the skirt piece was added, that wasn't the case at all and actually it sat very well and the belt came at my natural waist (I usually have to shorten bodices). I think a wrap dress is quite forgiving size wise, so you have a bit of room for manoeuvre. I chose to add some in-seam pockets on the skirt as I just really like having pockets in dresses. I fitted them 15cm down from the skirt top and just used a pocket pattern from another dress that I had to hand. Other than that, no other modifications.

The sleeves were very easy to insert (no gathering). I didn't adjust the skirt length, just hemmed as per instructions (I'm 5'4"). I modelled it on a very windy day, and there were no awkward moments - the wrap was generous enough to ensure coverage!

So, in summary, a lovely 'on trend' simple dress pattern, with some scope to make different looks based on fabric choice.

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