Paris is magical. If you are strolling on the Champs-Elysées, enjoying the view and being in Paris, you will immediately fall in love again with the person walking next to you. Lately, on the news we see a quite different Champs-Elysées... Let's not talk about that, but let's enjoy the stylish world of Paris through the eyes of Ines de la Fressange.
Almost every woman has a wrap dress. Mainly because it is a very easy to wear all day. Almost every seamstress has created a wrap dress. Mainly because it is an easy sewingpattern and the result always looks fabulous!
THE wrap dress!
In 1974 Diana von Frustenberg, a Belgian-American designer, invented the wrap dress. It has become an icon-status-dress. For over 40 years now, it is still fashionable, easy to wear and it survived nearly every fashion trend.
Women just love it because it is so easy to wear at work but also during holidays or at the glamping.
Above all: it looks flattering, versatile, and easy to wear for almost every figure.
What is a wrap dress or a wrap skirt?
A wrap dress is a piece of garment which looks like a shawl or stole or other fabric wrapped about the upper body. In case of a skirt: the fabric is wrapped around the lower body.
The fronts are closed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or fastening buttons. This forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs the woman's curves.
And a faux-wrap dress or skirt?
The faux-wrapping is almost the same design except the closure: a faux-wrap dress or skirt it is not open but closed. You need to slip the dress over the head or step in the skirt. The faux-wrap or the normal wrap, are looking exactly the same, but the real wrap-dress is much easier to wear.
All about faux-wrap skirts à la Chanel: The faux-wrap couture skirt.
The wrap dress is a nice clothing item to pack for holidays. It is almost married with beachwear as women love the ‘beach wraps’. The sarongs and towels are worn in the same way as the wrap-dress, but the wrap-dress is a lot more sophisticated.
The wrap-cloting is also a big favorite for balanced sports like yoga. It is easy to put it on or to put it off when you start heating up or you need a cover for the cooling-down last minutes of the sport-session.
A special sewingpattern:
Vogue 1548: Very Easy Diana von Frustenberg Original
We tested the sewingpattern. Although it is not easy to get it in hands, you might have the luck to buy it on an auction site or a marketplace. The pattern is worth a lot!
But of course any other sewingpatterns about the wrapdress, will do the trick as well.
The pattern is indeed easy and fit almost every woman’s figure. Use stretch fabrics only!
If you want a plain cotton wrap-dress, better use: Simplicity Amazing fit 1686.
Tip: last but not least, wearing the wrap dress backwards, might be possible but does not look good: the neckline is simply to high-up and looks like it would reach your chin.
Tip: be sure to use a locker for the hems and the seams. It will give the dress a perfect finishing touch.
If you are not able to find this collector's item sewingpattern, there is good news. There are enough sewingpatterns available which are almost or exactly the same.
Take a look here; we really love for instance Simplicity 8735.