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Pattern Review: Victoria Jones Collection – Beach Wrap Dress 303

Threads magazine - 162 - Aug./Sept. 2012

Sewing Tip: This design could easily be made reversible with a second fabric.

This review was originally featured in Threads #162 (August/September 2012).

Victoria Jones Collection 303

This classic Polynesian pareu comes in midthigh and floor lengths. It wraps around the front and fastens with long ties at the back neck. For a different look, the shoulder ties can be twisted in front prior to tying in back. The short view has an identical left and right front, whereas the long version has a larger underlap for modesty and an inseam pocket on the left side. Inside ties at waist level keep the panels secure. The outer edges are finished with a 3⁄8-inch hem. The pattern designer offers additional help on her website and can be emailed through her site,, with questions on fabric selection, fit, or construction details. The illustrations are accurate, and the directions are well written and easy to follow. The sewing is simple and goes together quickly. The pattern is suitable for traditional Hawaiian prints; silk, crepe de Chine; batik; rayon; challis; soft, lightweight cotton; eyelet; gauze; and chiffon. It is shown at right in cotton.

(Sized XS-XXXL) for busts 29.5-52 in. and hips 31.5-54 in.)

Sewing Tip: This design could easily be made reversible with a second fabric.

-Tested by Nina Hancock, Midlothian, Virginia

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