Dyanne Marte

The Perfect Wrap Knit Dress

Dyanne Marte
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  • In-depth Instruction; over 118 mins
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  • Available for purchase: $39.99
Meet your instructor, Dyanne Marte, and learn more about the dress you'll be making and the knit fabrics you might choose.
Dyanne shows you how to cut out your pattern pieces and adjust them to allow for the stretch in your fabric. You'll also be able to add or reduce fullness in the skirt.
With your pattern pieces adjusted, you're ready to start cutting out your fabric. Get tips on working with different kinds of knits, matching patterned fabric and block fusing.
It's time to assemble your dress! Dyanne discusses the thread and stitch choices that will work best with your fabric and guides you through sewing the side and shoulder seams, adding the optional ruching and attaching the bodice to the skirt.
Dyanne demonstrates how to attach and finish facings with a sewing machine or serger, then helps you tackle the tricky but satisfying steps of setting in the sleeves. Prefer a sleeveless dress? Dyanne's got you covered, with tips for drafting the armholes to suit.
You're nearly finished! You'll sew and attach the collar, add the neckline band and sash or draft the optional integrated sash. Dyanne shows you how to finish your seams and hem your dress - the final touches on your fabulous frock!
6 Lessons
1  hrs 58  mins

With fashion designer Dyanne Marte as your guide, learn how to sew a wrap dress that you can’t wait to wear. Choose the perfect knit fabrics, needles, threads and stitches to combine with a Butterick dress pattern. Personalize your pattern and add fullness for a design with more flare, or remove fullness for a more form-fitting look. Learn the basics and beyond of sewing knits with confidence as you construct your dress. Then add ruched details to the bodice for an extra touch of elegance. Get the tips you need to succeed at sewing set-in sleeves, a collar, a sash and finishing details. Transform drapey knit fabric into a figure-flattering dress so fashion-forward that friends will wonder where you purchased it.

Important Pattern Information

The sewing pattern on which this class is based — Butterick 5030 —is not included with your purchase and may be out of print — check with online retailers. This class is rich in essential sewing techniques, so if the pattern is out of print, we encourage you to look for an alternative pattern with similar style details. You might also be able to find the original pattern through a private reseller.

Dyanne Marte

Dyanne Marte is the founder and owner of the clothing line Dennya. She's also the creator of Sew Knits with Dyanne Marte, a website with workshops on design, construction and finishing techniques for sewing knits. Dyanne received her BFA in fashion from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her master's degree in design management from Pratt Institute. She has taught fashion design and entrepreneurship at colleges throughout Maryland. Dyanne also has worked in the fashion industry for companies such as New York and Co., J. Crew and Doncaster.

Dyanne Marte

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