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Sew a Better Knit Wrap Dress

Design tweaks and sewing tips for easy-to-wear knit styles

Threads, Issue #210, August/September
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Emphasize asymmetrical garment edges with contrasting binding. Pattern: McCall’s 7893, modified. Fabric: polyester/spandex jersey, NancyNixRice.com.

Are you tired of the tug-of-war between fashion and function, between chic and comfortable? Many of my wardrobe planning clients find the easiest answer to balancing those benefits in jersey dresses. Sewn in spandex-blend solids or prints, they offer stretch, wrinkle resistance, washability, and figure flattery. One of my favorite jersey styles is the wrap dress, a classic since the 1970s. There are many patterns available for jersey wrap dresses, offering a variety of silhouettes that can work for any figure type.

Jersey wrap dresses excel in the versatility department. Wear one to the symphony with dressy pumps, then to the grocery store with flats or sandals. Carry it into cooler weather with tights and boots or into summer with bare legs and flip-flops.

Rely on one for a polished travel look, too. I recently wore a navy polka-dot matte jersey wrap dress and coordinating cardigan overnight on an international…

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