I had the Little Black Dress book by Simon Henry for quite sometime and had always wanted to try out projects from it. So when my sister was visiting I decided to try the wrap dress called Greta in the book. I made a muslin using the draping techniques described in the book where the sloper is made by pinning the muslin fabric onto a live model wearing a fitted T shirt or on a mannequin. In my case my sister was the model. Since I had only made flat patterns before, this was new but quite easy to follow. I made the bodice and skirt sloper separately. But instead of the flared skirt described in the book I made a half circle skirt (The fabric I used - modal is very drapey and I thought a half circle skirt would look better) I attached the half circle skirt to the entire bodice thus making it a faux wrap dress. The fabric belt was made separately and sewn at the waist on the right side. I added flutter sleeves since they are my sister's and my favourite type of sleeve.
The dress has no zippers so it was fairly quick to sew. I take a lot of time sewing invisible zippers :) Since part of the skirt is cut on the bias some portions will stretch out. So I let the skirt hang on a hanger overnight before leveling the hem. I used a bias tape to hem the skirt after leveling the hem.
My sister loves this dress and says its very comfortable.
The half circle skirt pattern was put into use immediately after I made this dress. I made a tulle skirt which I will blog about next.