I have been planning on making a “wiggle dress” from a stretch woven gingham I bought on Fabric.com. I was considering draping one from scratch but I think I would rather just modify a pattern I already have. A wiggle dress is really just a sheath or a tightly fitted bodice/skirt combination. Below are the options I have from the patterns in my stash. I have to stop myself from buying any new patterns. I was at a local store the other day called Baron’s which was going out of business. They had just sold a small metal filing cabinet designed for storing patterns for only ten dollars. I was so disappointed! I have been looking for something like that. They did have another cabinet for only thirty five dollars but it was huge and I have nowhere to put it. So my patterns stay stuffed into their cardboard boxes in my pantry next to all sorts of kitchen items. But I did get an adjustable dress form at the thrift shop sale for only 12.50$ this week! It’s ugly as sin being covered with this yucky grey sticky nylon fleecy fabric. ( Yes, those are a lot of adjectives, aren’t they?) I already have adjusted it and am working on a dress for Isabelle’s friend who is a size 0. I would never have been able to get it on my good dress form.
So here are some ideas for straight sheath type dresses. Taper any of them in to get a tight fit and you have yourself a “wiggle dress”.
I’m not so sure about that high neckline. It looks great in the drawing but after doing a search of images of other sewn versions I think the neckline seems a little unflattering. I could redraw it lower. I don’t think I have made a sheath like this without a waistline seam before.
This one is simple but may look a little bit plain in the gingham.
A simple but basic dress.
I like the sleeves but his one seems a little too conservative with the pleats. I could turn the pleats into darts and taper the fit of the skirt. I want this dress to look like something Joan from Mad Men might wear.
These last two patterns are just tunics cinched with belts. They look very quick to make.
I am leaning towards the first pattern. Which one do you like?