Wrap dress pattern giveaway

In my last post, I recounted my sad and sorry history with making wrap dresses. That is, until I made the Style Arc Kate dress.
Just because I made a hash of three different wrap dress patterns, doesn't mean YOU will. In fact, I am sure nearly anyone who has sewn before would do a much better job on any of these than I did. And so, in my neverending quest to declutter this house, I am giving away these patterns to anyone who expresses an interest in any of them.
To recap, I have:

Vogue 8379
This is one of Pattern Review's dresses of 2007, 2008 and a Hall of Fame dresses for 2009, with 118 reviews all told. Wow. My pattern is in sizes 8-14, which was my problem. I should have got sizes 16-18.

Next up, Kwik Sew 3489:
Not as popular, but still a nice pattern, and not a heck of a lot different to the Vogue. There are some great examples on Pattern Review. I note some reviewers had the same issue as me in finding the dress ran big. Kwik Sew Sizes XS - XL.

Lastly, Colette Crepe

There are so many pretty versions of this dress on the interweb. But really, this dress on me was always going to fly in the face of reality - it is just not a dress for someone of my ahem, years or personality. And that girlish aesthetic has never been for me, even when I was a girl! Colette sizes 0 to 18.

Please understand these patterns are not store-perfect. The patterns have been removed from their covers, and traced and refolded. I've done my best to get them back in to their sleeves, but I admit this is not a big skill of mine.

So that's it. Want any or all? Leave me a comment indicating which pattern or patterns you are interested in by 9pm Australian Eastern Standard Time Thursday January 23, 2014. If more than one person expresses an interest in any particular pattern, I'll have a draw. If no one expresses an interest in any pattern, St Vincent de Paul is the winner!
I'll ship anywhere on the planet, so don't be shy - introduce yourself.


  1. Hi there! Could I put my hand up for the Colette Crepe dress pattern? It is a bit girly but I'd like to try to make it work. I'm Mel by the way, a Kiwi living in the USA. I've been reading your blog for a couple of months now, and I completely share your feelings about polyester!

    1. Hi Mel, thanks for commenting. I think the Crepe is such a feminine style, just not for me.

  2. Hi! I'd love to have the Kwik Sew pattern. I love wrap dresses. Thanks so much for the offer!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Anne. I think wrap dresses are classics.

  3. Would love to try the Colette pattern.Looks fabulous!

  4. I would love to put my hand up for the Colette pattern too. Thanks!

  5. I'm not putting my hand up for the giveaway, which won't surprise you given my previous comment about wrap dresses! I just wanted to say it's a lovely giveaway and what an excellent decluttering strategy.:)

  6. Thanks, Felicity! No, I'm not surprised that you aren't putting your hand up for the patterns. Hope I'll have a pattern to give away that you might be interested in soon!

  7. I can't believe you have so many wrap dress patterns, so glad the Style Arc worked for you in the end! I wouldn't mind trying the Vogue pattern if no one else puts their hand up for it. Thanks Paola!

  8. I won't enter but I have had success making faux wrap dresses with just the bodice wrapping over and not the skirt part. I have used new look 6429 and simplicity 2369. Both very popular but style arc seem to have great sizing. I have only made two so far and am very happy. Yay that they are Australian too. Your wrap dress looks great and the poly positive is at least they don't crease but not the best for our awful heat waves.

  9. Apologies Anne as I'd love to join you in the draw for the Kwik Sew ;) it may just delay my purchase of Style Arc's Kate though ;) Thanks Paola.


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