Wrap dresses are a favorite among garment sewists and it’s easy to see why! There are endless design options, ranging from super fem and vintage inspired to modern and artful and everything in between. Wrap dresses are also super comfortable, perfect for monthly fluctuations and seasonless — as in, we love them year-round!
We’ve reviewed our all-time favorite wrap dress patterns in the past, but this time, we’re focusing on new pattern releases.
Note: If you have a difficult time getting wrap dresses and tops to fit in the back and sleeves, check out these tips from Sew News fit expert Rae Cumbie!
As soon as this pattern was released, I knew I had to sew it up. I find that all the designs from Sew House 7 are a good fit for my design tastes — feminine and unique but not overly romantic — and the Wildwood Wrap Dress is no different.
I was probably first drawn to the neckline of this dress, which features a shallow and soft shawl-type collar. The way the neckline facing is created is really unique — always love the little surprises from this designer! The bodice includes pleats at the center front waist to manage bulk and provide shaping for the wrap elements as well as cut-on sleeves, which I love. The belt is stunning on its own and provides a nice focal point for the dress. The skirt in version A is a little less voluminous than other wrap dresses, which I like, and features a delightful high-low hem. The pattern includes a facing for the skirt which requires extra steps but provides an elegant hem finish, inside and out.
And these pockets — they are not just for show!
But the best thing about this dress is what happens when you put it on. The fit is great, there is ample coverage and the dress is comfortable but somehow still manages to make you feel stunning. I feel it lands somewhere between “chic art gallery owner” and “side trip to Barcelona,” which is exactly what I wanted apparently. I love it. Pair it with an artful duster and boots for cooler weather or sandals and a raffia bag for the summer months, the Wildwood is chic all year long.
I love the kimono look of this dress, and I had to experience it for myself. I chose to make it a little more casual than the pattern cover sample by using a drapey rayon with a matte finish that turned out to have a perfect hand for the pattern. The construction has a few slightly complicated elements, but everything is well marked and the instructions are very clear.
Tip: If making the lined version, pay attention to the separate cutting lines on the skirt pattern! The lining is both shorter and less wide than the outer skirt. And make sure to transfer every pattern marking, especially the dots.
I adore the final dress. It’s super feminine and floaty with my very favorite A-line skirt shape. The skirt overlap is generous and not inclined to flip open, even when twirling (and you will twirl). I had to do some fun cowboy dances to get it to show much extra leg at all, and when outside on a windy day I never felt exposed. One of my favorite things about the Trina is that the waist ties are very long, so even if you have a large waist measurement, like me, there’s plenty of length to wrap and tie a good bow with dangling ends.
A quick note on sizing: At the time of writing, the pattern only comes in sizes 0-16. However, Victory Patterns has just launched a new expanded sizing initiative. All future patterns will be released in sizes 0-18 with a B cup and 14-30 with a D cup, and they will be adding the additional sizing to previous patterns as well as time permits.
“Pure romance” is how I describe this elegant yet modern wrap dress. What really drew me to this pattern was the flowy silhouette and wide sleeves in two different lengths (long and short). There are also three different hem length options — short, midi and long — that you can interchange with the sleeve lengths to create a truly custom dress! I loved the midi-length hemline, especially sewn in my retro-esque polka dot fabric for a sleek ’50s-inspired look. I chose the long sleeves because I wanted a wrap dress for the fall/spring transitional seasons, and I think it turned out fabulous. It can be styled with tights and boots, but it will also look lovely with some spring wedges, which I can’t wait to get out.
The bust is fitted with three release pleats on each side which creates a flattering but flowy fit. It’s all cinched in at the waistline with a belt, which is threaded through the waistband layers in a technique that I haven’t seen before. After sewing and wearing this dress, it will be hard to go back to a classic dress style with traditional closure, as I love the adaptability and comfort of an adjustable wrap design.
I will definitely be remaking this dress in a more casual linen to wear in summer with the shorter hemline.
And that’s a wrap! We hope you’re feeling inspired to sew a dress after reading our reviews.
These wrap dress patterns are our new favorites, but don’t forget to check out our past picks, too. If a shirtdress feels more like your vibe for spring, check out our shirtdress pattern review for ideas. And be sure to subscribe to Sew News to get new dress patterns coming your way in most issues!
Originally published 3/10/2021. Updated 6/14/2021.