Monday, July 12, 2021

Green Floral Elodie Wrap Dress

Woven wrapstravaganza, part two! See my last post for part one.

This is the Closet Core Patterns Elodie Wrap Dress, which I've been meaning to make since last summer. 

The Elodie pattern has release pleats at the bust as opposed to the darts that the Hannah has, cut-on sleeves (where Hannah has set-in), and a voluminous (but ungathered) skirt in multiple lengths. For my Elodie, which I was treating as sort of a wearable muslin, I went with the above-knee length version with shorter sleeves. 

The pattern goes up to a size 30 (58 inch bust, 51 inch waist, 61 inch hip). I chose a size 20 from the curvy, D-cup range according to my measurements, which seemed to work out great. I didn't make any fit adjustments.

Since this was intended to be a wearable muslin, I used this rough cotton fabric from my stash. I originally purchased it at a market in Hanoi. It's not high quality fabric, but I loved the floral and phoenix print (a relative of the print I used for this Charlie Caftan last summer) and it was dirt cheap. 

If you've been to Hanoi, you probably saw this fabric used for curtains or cushion covers (particularly at the local coffee shop chain Cộng Cà Phê... please treat yourself to their frozen coconut coffee there if you ever find yourself in Vietnam!). 

In any case, this fabric was perfect for a wearable muslin! I wanted to use a fabric with a little bit of body since the versions of the Elodie that I had admired most were made in more casual, structured fabrics. 

Plus I wanted to use this version as a test for cutting into a beautiful piece of essex linen I had ice dyed a few months back...


Construction-wise, the Elodie is a pretty straightforward sew. The only thing I found tricky was the opening for the belt/tie at the waistband, which involves some hand sewing. Mine is a little messy as a result, but it's covered by the belt so I'm not worried about it.


I made some small construction tweaks as I sewed up this dress: I interfaced half of the ties for a bit more structure (probably unnecessary in this fabric!). I skipped the patch pockets. Finally, I finished the skirt hem with bias tape to maximize length, rather than doing a double-hem.


I'm really happy with the fit of my Elodie. The only thing I might consider tweaking is taking a small wedge out of the upper chest. When I'm standing up, it looks great, but when I sit/slouch, which I'm wont to do, it's slightly gape-y. But only ever so slightly...


I like the waist tie that wraps all the way around (as opposed to Hannah's side tie). There's something about it that makes the whole dress feel more secure and less likely to unwrap. This is clearly a personal paranoia of mine.

Despite not having a lot of overlap relative to the Hannah (or the Roseclair, more on that soon), the skirt it feels very secure and not flash-y or anything. The fit is really nice in the lower back and bum, skimming very nicely over my body.

I'm quite happy with my Elodie dress! This style feels very "me" in a way that the Hannah dress didn't. I know folks hate this word, and it gives me the creeps when other people say it to me, but I find this shape more flattering on me than the gathered skirt look. Plus the Elodie dress in this fabric feels fun and playful and summer-y. 

Spoiler alert: I liked it so much, I cut into my ice dyed fabric with this pattern!

14 comments:

  1. perfect dress for summer - looks great and love the fabric.

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  2. I love this bright color on you. How did the skirt get so full without gathers? You do look comfortable in this dress. I like the sleeves and the length. Shorter than you usually choose.

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    1. Thanks! It’s full more like a quarter circle skirt.

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  3. Great dress and I appreciate your thoughts. I've got a linen rayon blend picked out for this pattern and was trying to decide if it was too structured. The Telio fabric is just a little thick, but has that nice rayon drape. You've help me decide to go for it. I get what you mean about "flattering" (I am assuming that's the tricky word). I made the gathered Gypsum skirt recently and love it, but I lhave thought a lot (too much) about how it's not as flattering as other cuts on my short rounded body. I'm working to break with those old and so deeply lodged voices that reduce everything a woman wears to how it is enjoyed (or not) by others. Can't think of how many times I heard "that makes you look hot" said between teens and grown women when I was younger. Our clothes were always being evaluated through the male gaze. We're social animals and we do care how we're perceived, but there are so many screwed up views we allow to rob us of the joy of wearing what makes us happy. Just looking at your colorful print makes me happy!

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  4. Love this one, Meg! This fabric is very pretty and makes a fun dress for sure.

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  5. Gosh this looks nice on you! I love the print and the vivid colors look great with your coloring! It is a style I would like to try, but that deep v neck would make feel very self conscious…as many v necks seem to do these days.

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  6. Gosh this looks nice on you! I love the print and the vivid colors look great with your coloring! It is a style I would like to try, but that deep v neck would make feel very self conscious…as many v necks seem to do these days.

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  7. Gosh this looks nice on you! I love the print and the vivid colors look great with your coloring! It is a style I would like to try, but that deep v neck would make feel very self conscious…as many v necks seem to do these days.

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  8. Yes, the Eloise looks like the winner.

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  9. Yes, the Eloise looks like the winner.

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  10. This is so lovely, and looks so good on you! I love the concept of wrap dresses, and I have always been disappointed with how they look on me. I think you have nailed it--without the gathers on the skirt you are not overwhelmed by mountains of fabric. I may give the Elodie a second look! The fabric, the shade of green mixed with other bright colors is so perfect. And- at the risk of going against trend, thanks for making this in a knee length! I think the other thing I dislike- is the way midi or ankle length skirts add too much volume (just my humble opinion!).
    Love this!

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  11. This dress looks like a cool tall glass of Summer!! You look fabulous! I love your wearable muslin. You brought so many treasures back from Bangkok and Vietnam etc. I have been watching you sew for years and you still pull them from your stash. And you moved with that stash! We are thinking about moving but the task is daunting! My hubby says half of my stash has to go!! Over my dead body! Love watching you sew, hope your stash never ends!

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  12. Very flattering silhouette!

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