Whoa, Cirque du Soleil was AMAZING.   It makes me want to run away with the circus, for realsies.  I got a little misty eyed as Matt and I were walking in because I've wanted to see Cirque du Soleil since I was a little girl.  I don't have a bucket list, but if I did, this show would have totally been on it.  And it did not disappoint.  

I got to wear my cute new dress, which was perfect for le occasion, too.  Here's the wrap up on that supa' fine wrap dress:

In some of the previous pictures I realized I hadn't undone the basting on the from pleats.  Looks a lot better now, doesn't it??

*Ninth Dress Report Card*

PATTERN INSTRUCTIONS: Easy, no frills.  It was a See & Sew pattern, so no complicated steps but no cushy guidance either.

PATTERN SIZING:  With a wrap dress, it's probably harder to tell, but for the first time ever I melded (my husband hates that word) two sizes and it fit great.  12 shoulders and hips, 10 waist.

FABRIC CHOICE:  Well, this should come as no surprise but YEESH!  I love the way this fabric looks and feels but I hated sewing with it.  I think I would hate it even if I had used a pattern that called for such a stretchy fabric, so the fact that this pattern didn't call for such a stretchy fabric made it. the. worst.

Stripes: I tried matching up lines previously and I was so conscientious of it then, but horizontal lines were a different lesson all together, so this fabric helped me there.  I thought the stripes laid in pretty good places once the dress was done.

The lining is suitable.  The polyester stretch is a heavy, but does the job which was to make the fabric less sheer.  (I still wore a slip under it yesterday, but also it was cold and I wanted ever layer possible!)  I cut off the bottom five inches or so off the skirt lining to lessen the load.  If I were to make this dress over again with the same fashion fabric, I'd definitely line the bodice.  The fabric is thin enough that with some undergarments, I have bra lines (like panty lines, but for your bra).

My construction of this dress is pretty bad.  I failed in a lot of cover-up-able ways, which I'm thankful for.  But I felt the same about my efforts with the Sixth Dress, and the Seventh Dress remains unfinished, so I really have to knock this next one out of the park!

Pattern: $2.99
Fashion Fabric: $11.14 (sale!)
Lining: $3.00 (clearance!)
Notions: $0 (though I used some leftover interfacing to stabilize the sashes)
TOTAL: $17.13...cheapest dress to date?

Good lord, that section has more notations than Barry Bonds' home run record.

PERFECT OCCASION:  Done and done.  I wore it to Cirque du Soleil last night!  I felt a little fashionista-y and totally appropriate with the crazy colors.

WOULD I MAKE THIS DRESS AGAIN?: Maybe.  I don't know how many simple wrap dresses a girl needs, but I wouldn't rule it out.  This dress can easily be cut and sewn in a day.


  1. Great Dress and fantastic fabric. What you can't see does not matter in my mind. I think the most important thing is to keep sewing and you improve with each dress.

  2. beautiful dress
    I'm following your blog!
    kisses from Brazil


  3. Well, my friend, there are matters aplenty, some which could possibly be pretty detrimental for the wellness and budget.

  4. Fabric is so funky and fabulous.

  5. Your dress looks great on you! Anyway, I also liked cirque du soleil

  6. your dress is really good, bridal sarees from asopalav sarees.

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  8. What great fabric, and a lovely simple design that you've chosen to show it off as well. It looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing the breakdown too - I can completely relate to your struggles with difficult fabric and trying to line up patterns - I did a wrap dress a while ago which had a bit of a pleat at the waist, and ended up with the pattern miss-aligned by a centimeter or so. It bugged me like crazy but everyone else said it looked great. Please keep sharing!


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