Wrap Shirt

I finished this wrap shirt last weekend. I used Simplicity Pattern 3877. The pattern is actually for a dress with a faux-wrap front and a full skirt with godets. I wanted to test out the pattern on the bias so I made a shirt by cutting out the pieces for the bodice. I used the same fabric I used for the Kasia Skirt. Matching the stripes was a bit of a mind puzzler. The layout and cutting probably took as much time as the sewing.

To alter the pattern to make a shirt, I added a peplum around the bottom for an actual wrap style. To make the peplum, I overlapped the skirt pieces and traced them to get one pattern piece for the front and one for the back. I then cut two pieces for the front and one for the back. The fit could be a little better in the front but I'm pleased overall. The pattern has different sizes according to cup size and I think going between sizes would fit me a little better.

The shirt is a muslin for a dress I started thinking about a long time ago. I may finally be ready to make it. First, I bought this fabric from the thrift store.
Then I saw this dress in a J.Crew catalog. The fabric is almost the same as what I bought. The dress stuck in my mind. Miraculously, I found the clipping. I remembered it somewhat differently. It's neither bias cut nor a wrap style. The neck is not a style I would wear but it does have some nice ruffles.Perhaps I was actually remembering this Jovovich-Hawk/Target dress. Dots instead of stripes but it has the wrap and ruffles. Again, the straps are more bare than I would usually wear though. (Do you think the model looks like Jewel?)
Finally, I saw the Portico wrap dress wrap dress currently on the J.Crew website. Portico wrap dress from J.Crew

That's what I had in mind all this time. It's the perfect combo of all of my inspirations. The first dress has the fabric and the feeling I want. The second has the neckline ruffles and the wrap front. The last one has cute cap sleeves, neck ruffles, a waistband and a lovely bow. Now that the muslin is done, making this dress is finally getting closer to fruition.

I'm going to a wedding next month and I need to find something to wear. I'll either do this dress or try something with McCalls pattern M5619. I'm having trouble deciding what I want to do. Of course, I could always wear one of the many, many dresses in my closet, some never worn, but it's always so nice to have something special and new for a big event. Don't you think?