Blue wrap dress redo

I actually did this back in March, but things were frantic before the Jane Austen Festival, and illness and other distractions have meant I haven’t caught up with blogging!

I made the dress last year, for the workshop Beverley Eikli and I presented for the Romance Writers of Australia conference. However, there were a few issues with it. To start with, I put the sleeves in the wrong way around. Yep, stupid mistake. The other main issues though was that the straight-cut wrap skirt in the front, with all the fullness in the centre back, did not work for my pear-shaped body, and the wrap panel pulled way across. I really do need some flare birth control from underbust to (wide) hips.

Fortunately, I had some material left over, so I cut some flared side panels and added them to the skirt on each side, between the front and back pieces (obviously.) While this added only a few inches at the waist – countered by gathering the back some more – it gave more inches over my tum and hips, and has resulted in a much better drape and look for the skirt:

Regency style wrap dress

Regency style wrap dress


It’s still not perfect but it’s much better than it was, and it was done in time for me to wear at the Jane Austen Festival – although I didn’t get any photos of me wearing it there.

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