Wrap and Duro Roundup!

I love it when y'all send me photos of dresses you've made from patterns I've shown here … I suppose it's like being an elementary school teacher when your grown-up students come back to visit!

Here are two really great versions of the from (check out her site for her bridal designs!). This is the fancy one — I never would have tried this pattern for a dressy dress, but it's really gorgeous:

kessler evening

And this is the "picnic" one — she changed it to have wrap ties, instead of the front button closure, and shirred the shoulders:

kessler picnic

Sbanks made this gorgeous black-and-white version. She says the bottom band was an "I-ran-out-of-fabric" decision, but I love it — it really works. (Also, I'm of the opinion that "more gingham" is like "more cowbell" — always appropriate.)

sbanks wrap

Yvette in San Diego made this — the color combination is just lovely. She says: "The dress is silk chiffon, lined with some silk I had left over from a UFO, the bands are rayon georgette. I made a few alterations: lengthened the sleeves 3 inches, took out all the superfluous seams (back center seams, side panel seams), extended the facing around back. The next one is going to be in cotton, I’m in no hurry to sew chiffon again, and I am going to lengthen the ties so that I can wrap and tie them in the front if I want."

yvette Duro

I'm going to do that "lengthen-the-ties" trick myself for my next one. (And oh yes, there will be a next one … I found a serendipitous fabric match that has me chortling in gleeful anticipation. "I gloat! Hear me!")

And one last one — check out Erica B's version.
Erica Duro

(She didn't send it to me, but I found it through trackbacks …) Gorgeous! And go read her blog, .

0 thoughts on “Wrap and Duro Roundup!

  1. Erin, thanks so much for mentioning my Duro and my blog! I didn’t send you the pic because I thought that you were a little tired of them now, but I had to make one.


  2. I’m really beginning to get the Butterick wrap now… I like it so much more in the dressier versions! *applause*Erica, I love your fabric there!


  3. Just want to say thanks for such an inspiring blog! I have been sewing most of my life, the past 15 years mostly for my daughters, home dec and quilting. Now, due in part to your blog, I am sewing for myself more. Being a plus size and never finding the style I want in stores coupled with the dresses you feature and the links you have, the “Mama must sew list” is growing.


  4. I like the top 3 dresses and I love the 3rd one the best. I really like the gingham border on the bottom of the dress. Who cares if you ran out of fabric!!! It looks inventive to me and like you gave the dress a little bit of extra Oomph!!!


  5. the Butterick wrap dress now makes sense-perfect in red plaid! It always looked stiff and a bit too hippy in other versions. Dammit, another project on the pile!


  6. Erin, Thank you for posting my dress. I really like the wrap dress with the ties. I am partial to ties in the front and that looks beautiful. I love this blog, love, love, love! Yvette


  7. Erin – thanks for posting my pic and the others! It was nice to see how others interpreted the dress.Rebecca – The red plaid is my fav – the ties are a great addition.floridaprincess – Thanks for the complement!


  8. Erin,Thanks for posting my wrap dresses! and for linking to my site!!! Now I’ll have to make sure it’s updated… Every design you post moves another project further up my “urgent” list; I just don’t think I have enough places to go to show off my handiwork. I’ll have to keep pestering you with them!Thanks again,Rebecca


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