How We Wear It: The Gillian Wrap Dress by Muse Patterns
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Many, many wrap dresses have popped up in my Pinterest feed for the past year or so. And I kept thinking that this elegant, flattering silhouette would not work for me. My personal style leans less towards elegant and more towards garments that are casual, comfortable, and non-fitted. In short, pajamas.
But then I sewed up the Gillian Wrap
by Muse Patterns and my preconceived notions of wrap dresses and comfort were shattered. My thoughts now? Wrap dresses are quite possibly the best thing to ever be designed.
Why, you ask? Well the Gillian is super flattering. And comfortable! So comfortable, in fact, that I wore this dress all day long...working from home, where I don’t have a soul to impress. This sewing pattern is one you need to have in your repertoire. Let me tell you why.
The Gillian is a knit wrap dress, top or skirt with a v-neckline, gathered yoke, and three sleeve length options. It features gathered front and back yokes, that give it a bit of a vintage feel. Even with the 1940's throwback design, it looks and feels completely modern. Just like the wrap dresses I've seen show up in my favorite feeds.
The Gillian Wrap features two waist ties that can fasten in either the front or the back. The waistband features a finished hole for one tie to travel through.
I sewed my Gillian Wrap as a dress with elbow length sleeves. I used a wine colored ponte de roma
from Imagine Gnats
for this project. The result is a wrap dress perfect for chilly temperatures. Luckily, I’ll have a few more chances to wear it before spring is here to stay. But I’m thinking a sleeveless version for summer is in order.
So how do I wear my Gillian, besides bare foot around my house? Well, when I finally find a reason to dress up, I’ll pair it with a blazer and black pumps. I love how the v-neckline and cinched waist looks under a structured jacket.
My sewing experience with this pattern was very positive. It’s beautifully drafted with precise instructions. Because all women are shaped so differently, I recommend sewing your first dress or top in a cheap knit fabric. You may find that you need less or more gathering at the yokes. For my next Gillian I’ll likely size down in just the bodice, which is a common modification for my pear shaped body.
So go grab the Gillian Wrap
pattern, get yourself some knit fabric and get ready for wrap dress fun! You’ll want to make more of these after you finish your first. I guarantee it.
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