Our warm-weather wardrobe expansion continues! After making a few more tailored dresses, we wanted something a little more simple, and wrap dresses seemed like just the ticket. We love how versatile they are, and how flattering they are for a wide range of body types. They layer well with cardigans and tights, and add some much-needed colour into the grey rainy days we’ve been having. Both of these dresses were made using McCall’s M6959, and by changing us just a few little details the same basic pattern resulted in two similar but distinct dresses.

McCall's M6959 in Liberty Tana Lawn Mitsi B.
McCall’s M6959 in Liberty Tana Lawn Mitsi B.

For the first dress we stuck pretty close to the pattern instructions, with one main change being that we didn’t really like the look of the contrast binding with this fabric, so we just attached ties to the edges where they would have come from anyhow. The inside skirt of the wrap is nice and wide, so there’s little risk of exposure on a breezy day, and the ties on the inside keep it nice and secure, while also making the fit flexible.

Close-up of the tie details on the inside (left) and outside (right).
Close-up of the tie details on the inside (left) and outside (right).

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It’s not always easy to tell on the bolt how wearable a print will be, but if you love it, we think you should go for it! The colour of this Mitsi B. Liberty print is so cheerful, and the floral pattern becomes much more regular and almost subtle when made into a dress.

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For our second dress, we once again left off the contrast binding, and then took things a step farther with the wrap ties. For this dress, we left a space in the side-seam for the inner tie to pass through, allowing it to wrap around the back of the dress and meet up with the tie in the front, where we added a belt loop. It gives the back of the dress a little more definition, and takes away the slight bulk of the interior tie. For extra practicality, we added side-seam pockets to this version too.

McCall's M6959 sewn up in Liberty Tana Lawn Ciara B.
McCall’s M6959 sewn up in Liberty Tana Lawn Ciara B.
Detail of the tie threaded through the side-seam, and the slit of the pocket.
Detail of the tie threaded through the side-seam, and the slit of the pocket.

Ciara B. is another Liberty of London print we loved but weren’t sure would translate well to clothing. We are so glad we went for it though! This has turned out to be our favourite new dress, and the all-over print becomes almost neutral on this scale, with the greys and pinks offering just the right amount of contrast to keep things interesting. Active prints like this one are also excellent for beginner sewists, as they help obscure any little errors in the construction. Similarly, because they obscure small details, they’re best suited to these kinds of simple patterns, where the overall look is about the shape and style, and less about the details.

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Spring dressing: Floral Wraps
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