Pleated Wrap Dress | Butterick B6154

I wanted to make a wrap dress after I bought a long sleeved black Calvin Klein wrap from TJ Max. Every time I’ve worn it, I’ve received a compliment on it. I love the way it looks and fits and how easy it is to wear. I found Butterick See & Sew B6154 for a pleated wrap dress at  JoAnn Fabrics for only $2, so I thought I’d give it a try. It didn’t exactly match the look I was going for, but it was cheap and didn’t seem that hard to make.

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For the most part the pattern is easy to follow. I did run into some confusion attaching the neck facing, so I just made that part up as I went.  This pattern also needed a lot of modifications to fit correctly. The second time I made this, the process went much faster, after all the fit issues had been resolved.

It also requires a very specific fabric, so that narrows the flexibility on what you can make with it. I tried light-, medium-, and heavy-weight jersey knit fabrics as I made different versions of this pattern, and the heavy weight was by far the best to use. It held the shape of the dress and can take wear much better.

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Pattern: Butterick See & Sew B6154
Fabric:
Blue DressKaufman Laguna Stretch Jersey Knit | Some kind of floral printed stretch fabric I found in the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabrics
Green DressJersey Knit Floral Shadow Print Green/Cream
Time to Complete: 4-5 hours
Modifications:
• Evened out length – after “wrapping” the dress the hem looked askew, so I cut the left side so that it was even with the right. This happened both times I made it, so it was probably the pattern and not just the fabric
• Shortened front and back bodice by 1/2″
• Shortened v-neck to stop gaping and so that it wasn’t so low
• Made the ties long

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Overall its a fine, relatively easy pattern to make – it’s comfortable and I’ve made it twice. However this isn’t the exact look I was going for, so next time I’m going to try Butterick B6128 for a wrap dress.

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