The humble wrap dress can often be overlooked as far as variation possibilities because it’s such a utilitarian design. But simple doesn’t have to mean boring! I pulled a few favorite ideas for wrap dresses that I think would work beautifully with the Crepe pattern with a little tweaking. This pattern is perfect whether you’re heading into cooler months (pair with a cardigan and some bright tights) or summertime…
Who said a wrap dress just has to be for daywear? I love this 1950s silk example of a dressier wrap. The slubbed silk adds elegance to the design, while still staying very classic. Did you see those tassels on the waist sash? What a great idea for dressing up a wrap! (And would look even more dressy with beaded tassels.)
Including this might be cheating a bit, but I wanted to show how to apply rick-rack to a wrap dress neckline in a way that doesn’t scream “rick-rack”! Using self-fabric, bias strips applied over half the rick-rack gives it a less recognizable look and tones it down. This would also be a charming embellishment (though require a bit more bias strips!) around the hemline of the Crepe. (Learn how to make your own bias tape here.)
Finally, one of my favorites! Have you ever thought about adding a collar to the Crepe? Drafting a Peter Pan style collar is quite easy, and requires only a little extra material and time for construction. The best part is that the collar is extended to the back, which would be easy to do with the Crepe as well. It’s these little details that count!