12 Brilliant Clothing Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

3. Take a closer look at wrap dresses.

A few months ago, McCall Pattern Company conducted a wrap dress sewalong. Life got in the way and I only got as far as buying the fabrics and the pattern. I only recently got back to sewing and I’m relieved this project did not end up in the UFO (UnFinished Objects) bin.

Vogue 8379 is not a new pattern. In fact it has been extensively reviewed in Pattern Review.com and has been voted Best Pattern twice (2007 & 2008) and has been in the Hall of Fame in 2009. And I found out soon enough why. The instructions were easy to follow, the pieces were simple and easy to assemble and the techniques were true to the inspiration dress, the iconic DVF (Diane Von Forstenberg) wrap dress.

12 Brilliant Clothing Hacks Everyone Needs to Know

This is a choice that will always come to your help: it will not only hide your belly but also bring out the best of your figure and turn all attention to your breasts.

As has been my practice, I sewed a muslin first. Although the pattern is multi-sized, it only went down to size 8 and with Vogue patterns I usually had to size down from the one indicated by my actual measurements. And this was no different. With all the adjustments I had to make on my muslin, I ended drafting a size 6 pattern. On the size 8 pattern, I had to take in 1/2″ on the side seams of the bodice, 1/2″ on the shou;ders and 1/2″ on the armsyce. I also had to shorten the bodice along the adjustment lines by 5/8″ thereby raising the waistline a little bit which I found more flattering. As for the skirt, I found it was too full and had to reduce the fullness by about 6″ in both front and back pieces by slashing and overlapping.