My holiday wardrobe recently received a mini face lift thanks to two new makes – my new pleated skirt and this emerald velvet Highlands Wrap Dress! This dress has been getting a lot of wear. I’ve already worn it to my sister’s baby shower and two holiday parties… and I’m on the lookout for other fancy occasions to invite myself to so I can wear it some more. 😉
Pattern: Highlands Wrap Dress by Allie Olson in view B
Fabric: Stretch Velvet II in Emerald from Blackbird Fabrics (sadly, it’s sold out now)
Size: I sized down to a size 2 from my regular size 4 because I used a knit instead of a woven
Modifications: The Highlands Wrap Dress is drafted for someone who is 5″6 and, since I’m only 5″3ish, I shortened the skirt pattern piece by 1/2 inch at the top length/shorten line and then by 3/4 inch at the bottom length/shorten line.
Also, I sorta unintentionally used the sleeved bodice from View B. I initially planned on sewing sleeves but, once I had it basically finished and up on my dress form, I thought it would look better and less heavy without them. So, I made the View B bodice sleeveless by making my own facings for it. I just traced them off the bodice at 1.5 or 2 inches. It was much faster and easier than seam ripping the dress apart and cutting the View A bodice.
Thoughts: I’m a fan of The Highlands Wrap Dress pattern! This is the first Allie Olson pattern that I’ve sewn and I’m impressed. I think it’s well drafted for my body type and the instructions are clear and easy to understand. I’m looking forward to making another one of her patterns soon. In fact, I’ve got the Lonetree Jacket in my winter sewing queue.
Even though I love this dress and have gotten a lot of wear of it (and will continue to wear it), I do think the heavy velvet fabric makes this dress not as flattering on my waist as it could be. There’s a lot of bulk with the overlapping front, elastic casing at the back, the waist ties, and the button tabs. All that bulk felt heavy in the velvet and is the main reason I decided to leave the sleeves off. But, since the velvet fabric makes it feel so luxe and it’s winter (read: holiday cookies), that’s not really a deal breaker for me.
Next Time: I want to make this pattern in a lightweight woven fabric. I think it would be a great summer dress in View A in some sort of drapey rayon. Also, I think this would be an easy pattern to hack. Wouldn’t it be cute to sew the side seams straight and curve out the wrapped front panels like this or this?
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