Hey there, I’m Sienna, and I’m going to show you how to sew up the Taylor wrap dress. Taylor is a timeless woven dress with long princess seams, full gathered sleeves that finish with an elastic casing, a faced neckline and front closure, and a waist tie that wraps around the natural waist. The Taylor dress is fitted at the wrap bodice, and the ties cinch at the natural waist. Pay most attention to your bust and shoulder measurements when selecting a size. The most important qualities to consider when you are picking 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. Look for lightweight or medium-weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, batiste, lawn, voile, rayon challis, cupro and Tencel. Princess seams can add bulk across the bodice, so avoid anything too heavy like flannel denim or canvas. In addition to your fabric, you’re also going to need some all purpose polyester sewing thread, some sewing machine needles appropriate for your fabric.
You’re going to need 1 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing, and I’ll talk about a little bit more about that in a moment. You’re also going to need some form of loop turner like this or honestly, a safety pin. You’ll also need a point turner for some points, and you’ll need five eighths of a yard of quarter inch elastic. If you are using kind of a drapey fabric, like a Tencel or rayon challis, I would recommend instead of using a woven interfacing, I’d recommend using a knit interfacing because that will kind of retain the drapeiness but also give it the necessary structure.
All right, so here’s a standard woven interfacing and then here like a like a lightweight knit, and you can see that it’s definitely drapery than the woven. It also is a little bit sheer, so if your fabric is a little sheer, this won’t be as obvious on your fabric. If at any point in this process you have questions, hop on over to the Community. There you can post your questions, upload photos, and chat with other Seamwork members who are also watching the class. Let’s get started.