Designing My Ultimate Jersey Wrap Dress with Spoonflower Fabrics

by - 10/12/2018

Designing My Ultimate Jersey Wrap Dress with Spoonflower Fabrics
Hi pinups! It's been a while since my last proper sewing pattern review and vlog, but in this post I'm back with a bang with both! I'm excited to be teaming up with Spoonflower again for another batch of projects using their unique fabric design service. This time around, I've decided to bring to life some of my dream sewing projects, including my ultimate leopard print wrap dress...

I'm a jersey wrap dress addict. I can't get enough of them. After trying out Spoonflower's fabulous Cotton Spandex Jersey in one of my previous posts HERE, I thought this time around I could try one of their other stretch fabric offerings 'Modern Jersey'.

With a jersey wrap dress in mind, I had a browse at some new season patterns and came across the Simplicity 8735 wrap dress pattern. The pattern offers a lot of style variations along with different cup sizes, which is perfect for me. As I've made a few fuller skirt styles recently, I thought this time around, I would try a more fitted style, opting for option A on the pattern.

Here's a peek at the pattern:

The Fabric:

I used to have a leopard print jersey wrap dress in my wardrobe about 5 years ago, but it was a dress I wore as uniform in a retail shop and I didn't like to wear it out of work after that. Ever since I've missed having a sassy leopard print wrap dress in my wardrobe and wanted one back in my life.

Leopard print is such a hit and miss design. Some can be really tacky and cheap looking and some are odd colours and print sizes. I've bought a lot of leopard print jersey over my dressmaking journey and whilst I liked them all enough to want to buy them, I've never come across one as nice as this.

I think that this is a perfect example of what Spoonflower does best. I know I'm not alone in my search for the perfect leopard print fabric and when I searched for it on Spoonflower, there is SO many designs available. I knew I wanted something classic and simple and as soon as I saw this print I knew it was 'the one'.

Get the fabric: Gold Leopard Print in Modern Jersey

I opted for the 'Modern Jersey' fabric and it's the most beautiful quality jersey I've laid my hands on! I think I may even prefer it over the Cotton Spandex Jersey I used previously as the fabric is just so soft and silky to touch but it isn't see through at all. It's just the most perfect fabric for a wrap style like this.

Firstly, I like that this Simplicity pattern offers different cup sizes (up to DD), which is great for me. It features a princess seamed bodice which I always think is a nice design line and I think it works well with this busy print. 

I found the pattern very easy to follow and enjoyed the sewing with no headaches to report! I have sewn my fair share of wrap dresses and jumpsuits recently so I have a good understanding of how they go together. This one was nice and straightforward.

This pattern says it's suited to pretty much all fabrics, including jersey and it features a facing around the whole neck edge rather than a neck band. This is where my criticism comes in... I don't think the interfaced facing style of this pattern works the best with jersey. Yes you can do it and there's nothing wrong with it, but personally I don't like to interface stretch fabric and I think a neck band would have suited this more.

I think this pattern would work much better with stable fabrics and I don't think I would use this pattern again for jersey fabric. However none of this will stop me from wearing this dress, I think it just comes down to personal preference, and for me, I'd prefer a stretch neck band.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: Simplicity 8735 Wrap Dress Pattern

Fabric:  Gold Leopard Print in Modern Jersey

Notions: None.

Sewing time: A couple of hours to half a day.

Modifications: Nothing.

Fit: Really good thanks to the cup sizes and stretch fabric.

Difficulty: Simple.

Watch out for: Make sure you use a stretch stitch on your machine.

Make Again?: Yes. Not with jersey, but perfect for viscose.

If you fancy seeing a bit more of my ultimate wrap dress, it's featured in my latest Sew & Tell vlog, along with a quick look at my next Spoonflower project:

So whilst I wouldn't use this pattern again for a jersey make, any leopard print wrap dress is still a winner in my eyes. Overall, I'm very happy with this dress and it's a welcome addition to my wardrobe and I know I'll get a lot of wear out of it over the coming months. Like I say in my Sew & Tell vlog above, I think this dress will look great with tights and heeled boots, layered with my leather jacket.


What print would make your ultimate wrap dress? Or perhaps you're also searching for the perfect leopard print design? Don't forget to visit Spoonflower today for thousands of unique designs!

Thanks for reading, pinups!
Abi xo

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Spoonflower.

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