Prepare to Sew
Taylor is a timeless woven wrap dress with long princess seams, full gathered sleeves that finished with an elastic casing, a faced neckline and front closure, and a waist tie that wraps around natural waist.
The Taylor dress is fitted at the bodice, but it lets the fabric flow on the gathered sleeves. Princess seams on the skirt provide gentle shaping, and the wrap bodice and tie cinch at the waist. Pay most attention to your bust and shoulder measurements when selecting a size.
Fabrics to shop:
The most important qualities to consider when you pick out a fabric for this dress are drape and ease of sewing. Princess seams are designed to curve with your body, so a lighter fabric will create a more body-hugging, flowy silhouette. You will be sewing along curves and pressing the seams, so consider how easy the fabric is to work with.
Shop for lightweight to medium weight woven fabrics such as:
- Rayon challis
- and Tencel
Fabrics to avoid:
Princess seams can add bulk across the bodice, so avoid anything too heavy like flannel, denim, or canvas.
Taylor Woven Wrap Dress Sewalong
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Taylor pattern
- All-purpose polyester sewing thread
- Sewing machine needle
- 1 yard (.9 meters) of lightweight fusible interfacing
- Loop turner
- Safety pin
- Point turner
- 5/8 yard (.6 meters) of 1/4” (6 mm) braided elastic