As a woman with curves, dangerous curves, and as a new member of the Patterns for Pirates Testing Team, I was eager to test the Wiggle Dress. I like to dress to flatter and celebrate my shape and curves and not cover them up. Being a full hourglass shape I have determined that fashion that graces my curves and follows that shape is the most flattering on me. Although I think the swing or trapeze type tops and dresses look so adorable on a lot of women, they do nothing to flatter my shape or make me feel my best.
The Wiggle Dress and Top Pattern comes with several options from which to choose. Three different bodice choices: off the shoulder, and boatneck with either a high or low back option (the low back option will still cover your bra band); three sleeve length options; and four dress length options (above the knee, below the knee, midi or full length). There are also back zipper and kick pleat options!
Stable knits work best for this pattern but as you will see in my floral version it also works with softer knits, like French Terry or Double Brushed Poly, although you will get a more “casual” look.
HINT: Shape Wear will be your best friend for this fitted dress!
I sewed three versions, all in the XXL size graded to the Plus 1X at the high hip. You choose your size based on your chest measurement, then grade according to the size chart. 90% of women in every size will need to be grading most patterns, so don’t skip this step as you will get the best fit.
First up is the off the shoulder, below the knee. I have been hoarding this gorgeous Ponte fabric waiting for the right pattern to show off the scroll design. There are three pieces to the pattern: the front cut on the fold, the back cut mirror images, and the sleeve. The pattern went together easily and the tutorial was easy to understand so I did not run into any construction problems. The bodice on every version uses 3/8-in elastic around the entire top to hold the dress beautifully in place. The elastic is a 1:1 ratio (there is a cut chart) so no need to be concerned about trying to stretch it just right.
I love this dress and my sweet husband of 34 years loves it even more. He was more than happy to take the final shots of this dress, over and over. 😉
The second version I sewed up was the boatneck with the low back. I wanted a more relaxed casual dress to wear with boots or booties for the Fall, so I chose this mauve French Terry Floral from Sly Fox Fabrics. This version is oh so comfy!! Really I want to wear it daily. I styled it with booties and a cardigan. This fabric is stretchier and softer than the stable Ponte so this is where your shapewear really will help you get a smooth appearance.
For my third version I really wanted to use this red and black Ponte. I knew that the stretch was questionable according to the pattern but I was being stubborn and tried it anyway. Well, this is where the dress lived up to its name. I really had to wiggle to get into it and oh yes, not breathe! Make it work time! I wasn’t going to give up on this because I really like the fabric and the style so I opened up the side seam from hem all the way to the sleeve hem and serged on this black stretch lace! Talk about adding some drama and fun and a little surprise to this date night dress!! I really love this solution and what was a silly choice now became a fashion moment! Of course you can do this to your well-fitting dress by placing the lace over the seam (centering the lace on the side seam) then sewing the lace down on each side. Then turn it over and cut away the fabric leaving ¼ inch of seam on either side. Press the seam over to the dress side and topstitch it down.
This is a beautifully fitting garment and every tester in every size looks beautiful! So, whether you have dangerous curves or not, this style of dress will accentuate any woman’s body, give you confidence, flatter your shape, and make you feel your best!
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Please feel free to comment below, where you will be wearing your new figure flattering Wiggle Dress.