April 26, 2013



Here it is, the yellow wrap dress that I made for my brother’s fiesta wedding.  All in all I am pretty excited about the way it turned out.  I must say that this dress is a bit loud for NYC, but hopefully I have another opportunity to wear such a dress soon.

Pattern: Vogue 8379

Materials Used: Floral knit from Denver Fabrics

Sizing: After reading other reviews I went down one size from my measurements and it worked out well.

Changes Made: As you can see I made a lot of changes.  I changed the sleeve into a very gathered sleeve.  I also cut the back on the fold instead of making a seam down the back.  I also created a sloping high-low hem.  I also lined the bodice with a dancewear nude fabric to add some stability and coverage.  Next time I would also lengthen the lie by at least a foot so that I could tie it into a bow instead of a knot.

The Good:  A great solid pattern.  Very easy to follow.  Easy to customize.  Sews up really fast.  I think that wrap dresses are usually very flattering and look good on all body types.

The Bad: The original pattern is a bit conservative for my taste (or as others have said very business appropriate).  Otherwise great.

Conclusion:  I highly recommend this pattern for anyone that is looking for a basic wrap.

And just for fun here is a pic of me and those of my siblings who were able to attend.


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  • Reply Erica April 26, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Love the bold floral pattern and the hemline is so pretty. 🙂

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 26, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      thanks erica! you are the sweetest.

  • Reply Ally D April 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Stunning! Drapes beautifully!

  • Reply Natasha Jane April 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Looks wonderful on you and I love the fabric choice!

  • Reply Jill April 26, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    So, so beautiful. It certainly doesn’t look too conservative now, looks fun!

  • Reply Jennifer @ Workroom Social April 26, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Looks really good and comfortable too!

  • Reply Carolyn April 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Kelli, that dress is amazing and you look amazing! I love the changes that you made to the pattern and the fit is perfect!

  • Reply katherine h April 26, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    That dress is truly gorgeous! Perfect for a fiesta wedding. I love all those colours together.

  • Reply crystalpleats April 27, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Beautiful dress and looks like lots of fun to wear. You made a plain pattern cover look very stylish. That dress would be right at home here in California. Hope you get to wear it again, soon.

  • Reply Fiona April 27, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    Really gorgeous!

  • Reply Gail April 27, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Stunning dress – the yellow sets off your gorgeous red hair beautifully.

  • Reply Suzanne April 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    It is gorgeous, and you look amazing in it. I love all the changes you made.

  • Reply lisa g. April 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    i love how this came out and it’s just beautiful on you! definitely not your average wrap dress.

  • Reply sallie oleta barbee April 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Wow – you look gorgeous! I think the dress is a real stunner! I love the bold print and color, and as I said before, it’s never a bad thing to have “that” dress in your wardrobe!

  • Reply kristin April 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Oh it’s gorgeous! Seems like you could make it again in a solid and it’d be a completely different (but still very comfortable) dress. Hope you saved your notes! 😉

  • Reply Crab and Bee April 27, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    How pretty! Those gathered sleeves are awesome.

  • Reply Rikki B April 27, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    You have a great-looking family there (there are more you say?)! I love big families! 🙂 I commented on PR, but I’ll say it again, that dress of yours is *stunning*! 🙂

  • Reply gingermakes April 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Gorgeous! I absolutely love this on you! It’s just so fun and cheerful!

  • Reply Angela April 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Beautiful!! Love the changes you made to the pattern!

  • Reply Cirque Du Bebe April 28, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Kelli this is so stunning on you! The colors suit you so well, with your amazing hair that I’m jealous of!

  • Reply Becky April 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    It’s so loud and cheery (which means I love it!) I’m generally a bit on the fence about the hi-low hemline thing, but it works really well on this dress, and looks very nicely finished inside.

  • Reply Kelly April 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    It turned out as beautiful as I imagined! That cheery fabric is so perfect.

  • Reply kat April 28, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    I love this and you look beautiful. I wish we could have been at the wedding too.

  • Reply Craft Sanctuary April 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Wow! Love that fabric!

  • Reply grainline April 29, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Love this dress so much Kelli! So so much more awesome than the original, the sleeve modification is just perfect. Also I’ve said this before but I’m going to say it again, if there was an award for best hair in blogging you’d have it!

  • Reply Shelley Hesson April 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    Breathtaking dress, Kelli. The fabric is gorgeous, and I love how you gathered the sleeves.

  • Reply Kelli May 5, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    This turned out so great! I think you were right to choose this pattern and then make the alterations you did. I still love the Vogue, but this is perfect! So appropriate for the situation and so lovely. Great job, Kelli!!!

  • Reply Jen Bennion May 10, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    I finally found your blog 🙂 You look beautiful in the dress. I love the alterations you made to originally pattern. Well done friend!

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  • Reply Unknown May 23, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I love this dress and totally want to copy you. Can you elaborate on what the lining you used is?

    • Reply Kelli Ward May 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      i only lined that bodice and I did so with some kind of polyester nude stretch fabric in the dancewear section of Joanns. I really think you could use any nude or white knit though as long as it had a similar stretch and weight to your fabric.
      hope that helps.

  • Reply Aubrey May 25, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The dress turned out great. I need to talk to Rian about that skirt. Please tell me she just bought it. I NEED it!

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