I purchased the Wiggle dress pattern by Patterns for Pirates a few months ago with the intention of making a formal dress for the cruise I was taking, but when I discovered there would be a white night instead, I made my white Anna dress. I finally got around to making my green lace version, and I love it!
I made a test version of the Wiggle dress using a sparkly purple spandex fabric a couple months ago as a cold-shoulder version. It turned out really well. I love this pattern because there are so many options for it! For my test version, I traced out a size medium for my upper bust, did a pivot-and-slide FBA (tutorial here), then graded out to a size large for the waist and hips. I used the 3/4 length sleeves traces along the off-the-shoulder marking at the top of the sleeves, then sewing the sleeves on at just the underarm area to get the cold-shoulder effect and hemmed the top of the sleeves using the 1/2″ seam allowance. Patterns for Pirates has a great list of possible pattern hacks here that I used as inspiration. I used the sleeved versions of the knee length main dress pieces. This gave me more of a strapless version to cover my bra straps while allowing sleeves for a cold-shoulder look. Definitely plan to wear this version on a girls night sometime. I never took very many good pics of this version, but you have an idea of how this looked in the image below:
Then for my green lace wiggle, I found this gorgeous green stretch sparkly lace on sale at Jo-Ann’s. Unfortunately, I did not test which direction the 2-way stretch was going…so instead of the normal cutting layout, I had to cut out my dress the widthwise way of the fabric. Luckily, the fabric was very wide and I was able to get the floor-length off-the-shoulder version of the wiggle dress. I didn’t add any length to the dress this time, but next time I would add about an inch as I am 5’7″ and the dress is designed more for someone a little shorter. Then for the underlining, I used swimsuit lining fabric in nude as this matched my skin tone fairly closely. I basted the underlining to the lace fabric pieces before serging everything together. Love my serger. Then for the hems, I used a narrow zig-zag stitch. For the floor-length version, I used the short off-the-shoulder sleeves in a straight medium. Next time in a fabric with this amount of stretch, a large would have been a little more comfortable.
For my floor-length version, I used the same pivot-and-slide method as for my short dress version, I just cut off the top parts on the pattern line so I now had the off-the-shoulder version. I also put in a zipper this time as I knew the fabric wasn’t quite as stretchy as my purple version. The directions are for a regular zipper, but I used an invisible zipper as I liked the look better and my invisible zipper foot makes putting in invisible zippers so easy. I didn’t need a zipper, but I wanted the getting the dress on and off process to be a little easier. I misread the suggested zipper length though and used an 18″ long zipper in this version, oops. It worked out fine. Then I just put in a simple 1/2″ hem.
The directions are fabulous and so well-written. Putting in the elastic around the top portion was so easy with P4P’s directions. And as per other reviewers, so secure I had absolutely no worries about the dress falling down at all at any point.
I definitely see more versions of this dress in my future in a variety of styles, :). It’s a very flattering style and required very minimal adjustments for me to have a good fit. I like the idea of a tunic for the winter months in a nice stretch merino…
Here are some pics of me wearing the green version out to see Love Never Dies at the local performing arts center, :).