I made this summer pool wrap for the first Summer Essentials Sew-Along back in 2010. I always loved the colours and fabric, but the fit was less than flattering. As you can see, even on Mrs. Singer, it is very boxy. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to rework this item to make it wearable. What I really wanted was to have a version that was fitted, flattering, and with the option to wear to work, if I chose.
I started by adding 6 contour darts: two in the front, two in the back and one on each of the wrapped flaps. I took in the side seams by 1.5" and removed the too-wide bias tape and replaced it with 1/2" instead. I finished the armholes without the bias tape showing, as I wanted to highlight the curve of the flap at the front of the dress.
The raspberry polka dot buttons are purely decorative but add the tailored detail I was looking for. Besides, who doesn't love polka dot buttons?!
This is one of my most successful refashions and I am really happy with the results. The dress has no fastenings, beyond the decorative buttons, and is a breeze to wear. It is also lovely and cool, which is perfect for our hot Canadian summers.