Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I made this wrap dress a couple of weeks ago, and have really been looking forward to showing you the finished dress! This is the new Ramona Wrap Dress sewing pattern by Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio. If you know me, by now you know that I am a huge fan of Kay's patterns, and when she told me that she was working on a new wrap dress sewing pattern, I immediately wanted to make it, sight unseen.
I also immediately knew that I wanted to machine piece the dress with hexagons using Tula Pink's current line for Free Spirit called 'Acacia'. This is a whimsical line featuring raccoons, feathers, and hummingbirds, in 3 fantastic colorways. The hexies were cut using the Jaybird Quilts Hex 'n More ruler. I had never machine pieced hexagons before, and I used Kati of From the Blue Chair's fantastic tutorial, which made it really easy and quick to do.
The pattern is really great and only uses 5 pattern pieces (skirt back, skirt front, bodice back, bodice front, and sleeve). There is no zipper closure, as the dress wraps across the front and ties at one side. If you looked at some of the big reveal photos on Kay's blog, you'll probably notice that my ties are showing (and hers are hidden except at the bow). I fiddled with the ties a lot and this was the best that I could come up with (I guess my mind gave up after the hexagons, lol). Also Kay has pointed out that I left my tie ends raw-edged (I didn't mean to), lol. :)
I especially like that the dress is finished using the bias binding on the entire outer edge of the dress. At first I wanted to use a purple fabric for this (which is what I used on the sleeves), but at the last minute I changed over to this black texty fabric by Sweetwater. I felt like the purple was a little bit too tame for me, and I like that the black text fabric gives the dress a bit of extra pop.
I'll be wearing this dress next week at Quilt Market for my Schoolhouse talks; I bought some purple tights to wear with it that will hopefully look alright. I suppose I'll see when I get there...I like to fly by the seat of my pants like that. ;-) Anyway, check out Kay's new pattern, which will be available for sale later this week! It's a keeper!