Wiggle Dress Patterns to Sew
Wiggle Dress Patterns
In this post we are taking a look at the classic wiggle dress pattern, take a look at our pinterest board embedded at the end of this post to see our growing collection of Wiggle Dress sewing patterns and inspiration.
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What is a wiggle dress?
Also known as a pencil dress, the Wikipedia entry says the definition of a wiggle dress is “A dress whose hem is narrower than the hips, causing the wearer to walk in short strides with legs close together, producing a sway or wiggle of the hips”.
Not sure that description really does this dress style justice, the right wiggle dress is about enhancing and celebrating your curves – it’s a dress that looks good on women of all sizes, the key is emphasising the hour-glass figure.
The classic wiggle dress often has sleeves which adds to the timeless and classy look of this dress style, perfect for the office or for a special occasion dress and great for those women who prefer to cover up their upper arms. It’s a very ‘grown-up’ dress style that gives you masses of options for day or evening wear.
Michelle Obama looks great in a wiggle dress!
Is a wiggle dress easy to sew?
There are so many great wiggle dress patterns that you are bound to find a pattern that suits your skill level with a little searching – we’ve put together a Pinterest board full of wiggle dress patterns for you to browse below. You could also try the Simple Sew Loretta Wiggle Dress which so many Love Sewing readers have enjoyed making.
Many patterns give you the option of sleeves, and a skirt that flares from the knee. If you’re a beginner, tackle the basic bodice and skirt before you attempt to add details. One very important task before you cut into the beautiful fabric you have chosen for your new wiggle dress pattern is to create a toile, a practice dress that will enable you to adjust the pattern for a perfect fit (and save you wasting your more expensive fabric) – Just like Stacie from blog Notions of a Dressmaker did…
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Soooo… today i made my first ever toile! I’m fairly happy with the fit, apart from around the hips where you can see i’ve pinned it in a bit. I’m also going to take a bit out of the back seam! I really want to cut into my lovely red velvet now but I suppose I should make these adjustments to this version first shouldn’t I?! 😩 #sew #sewing #isew #sewingisfun #sewingismysuperpower #sewingblog #sewingblogger #memade #memadeeveryday #imakemyownclothes #sewingproject #seamstress #seamstresslife #imakemyownclothes #walessews #instasew #imakemyclothes #diyootd #sewistsofinstagram #sewingforme #sewersgonnasew #makersgonnamake #blog #dressmaking #sewaddicted