If you like to follow social media challenges like I do, you must have heard about “Sew together for summer”. It is hosted by three lovely ladies, Monika, Suzy and Sarah and it is basically an invitation for the entire sewing community to sew a specific type of garment for the summer. Last year’s theme was the shirt dress and I participated with my Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It. This year is is the summer of the wrap dress and you can imagine how excited that makes me!
To take part in this challenge, you don’t have to sew a specific pattern. You may choose whichever pattern you like, as long as it is a wrap dress. Faux wrap dresses also count, if they wrap at the bodice. There are so many amazing prizes to be won and the winners are picked randomly, so you can enter no matter how experienced you are. Hattie and I are sponsoring the challenge, too, offering our SMYLY prizes. You can find more details on how to enter at Sarah’s blog.
My favorite picks
I really want to participate in this challenge again this year, so I went through my pattern stash to see what wrap dress patterns I already have. Turns out I own quite a few, some of day I’ve already made in the past, while others I haven’t tried yet. So this gives me the perfect opportunity, if I manage to find the time… I also researched a bit online to find other wrap dresses I might like and I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my favorite picks.
Are you ready?
The Samantha dress – SMYLY patterns
I couldn’t start with anything else than our own pattern. The Samantha is a faux wrap dress which wraps at the bodice, so you can perfectly enter it in the challenge. It is a very quick sew and the fact that it is made out of knit fabrics makes it even easier to fit. We have a 20% offer on it until May 13th if you use the coupon code SEWTOGETHERFORSUMMER (and you also get the first issue of SMYLY magazine included in the price)
2. The Eve dress – Sew Over It
This dress and I have a weird history. Back when it was launched, I didn’t really like it. But when more versions started to pop up online, I started to fall in love with the style. Unfortunately, this happened at the end of last summer so I only managed to make one Eve. I’m really excited to whip up a couple more for this season.
3. The 1940s wrap dress – Sew Over It
Another pattern from the same company, which I absolutely adore. I think I purchased it the minute it was launched and I made my dress the next days. I love the style and the little details that make it so special, but keep in mind that it is quite an involved make. It took me 2 days of non-stop sewing to complete it -and I am a fast seamstress- but it is worth every minute.
4. The Erica dress – Seamwork
This is a pattern that I have in my stash and it’s actually already cut and waiting for me to sew it. I have seen many lovely versions online and it looks like a simple wrap dress, so I’m excited to make it.
5. The Aldaia dress – Pauline Alice
This dress has to be one of my most worn pieces of the season. I fell in love with the pattern just from the line drawings and the fact that it is so so versatile. The different combinations of each version can give you up to 27 different looks. How amazing is that? I really like how the bodice fits in the version I chose and I definitely need to make more soon.
6. The Appleton dress -Cashmerette
I’m so bumped that this dress doesn’t come in my size! Every version I’ve seen online is simply stunning and everyone praises the fit of this pattern, so if the sizes fit you, you need to try it!
7. Reggie dress – Seamwork
Another pattern that I have in my stash but haven’t tried yet. I love the fact that it is intended for woven fabrics and also how it looks on the model shots. But, to be totally honest, I’m not sure how it will look on my figure. Nevertheless, I really like it!
7. Highlands Wrap dress – Allie Olson
The first think that stole my heart when it comes to this pattern is the photos! They look so fresh and stylish. I like all the versions included in this pattern and I might have to break my pattern ban and get it for the challenge.
8. Wren dress – Colette
This dress is made out of knit fabrics and is on my list ever since Lisa Comfort made it for her vlog. It looks fairly easy to make and doesn’t require too much fabric.
9. Lliria dress – Pauline Alice
I’ve been swooning over that dress since it was releasing. Its vintage aesthetic really appeals to me, but so far the weather didn’t inspire me to make it. Maybe the time has come?
10. Dita dress – Wear Lemonade
My friend, Hattie, made this pattern last year and it looks amazing! It wraps both in the front and in the back to mix things up and I really want to make it. It’s been sitting in my stash for months now, which is totally unfair, haha!
These were my 11 favorite picks for wrap or faux wrap dresses that you can sew and enter the #sewtogetherforsummer challenge. I hope you liked them! If you made any of the patterns I mentioned, leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!
For more pattern suggestions, you can also take a look at Helen’s roundup post.
Until the next time, happy sewing.