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Delta Wrap Dress
An alternative sportswear option using Polartec Delta cooling fabric!

Delta Wrap Dress

Skill Level: Intermediate

Estimated Project Time: 2 hours

Background:

Wrap dresses are a Summertime necessity! Kirsten made this dress out of Polartec Delta, a cooling fabric with moisture-wicking technologies. An overlock machine is highly recommended for sewing this garment. It’s a great alternative article of sportswear that feels fashionable while keeping you cool in the Summer heat!
Pattern:
Simplicity Pattern #8735 - Style C

The fabric yardage was accurate. We found that the length of the length of the wrap dress is adjustable depending on your preference. Links are listed below.


Website:
https://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-storefront-catalog/patterns/women/dresses/simplicity-sewing-pattern-8735-missesmiss-petite-wrap-dress/

Fabrics:

We used Polartec Delta 6080-35M58 in the color Dark Citron. Alternate colors of this style can be found by the yard here, and in bulk rolls on our sister website here. This fabric’s patented construction has two unique surfaces: a soft inner layer that rapidly wicks perspiration away from the body, and durable outer layer that spreads moisture for maximum evaporation. Delta is extremely lightweight and uses odor resistant technology. It is ideal for base layers. This fabric is 52% Polyester, 44% Tencel Lyocell, and 4% Spandex


Process:

I began by following the pattern’s recommended fabric cutting layout. I found that in choosing a size for myself, it was best to select one size smaller than I usually wear, as the Polartec Delta provides a generous stretch capacity.

A benefit of sewing Polartec Delta is that there is no fraying during the cutting process. However it is a bit slippery, so I recommend having some intermediate experience with fabric cutting before diving in!


I decided to overlock all of my raw edges with a poly fluff thread to enhance the fabric’s flexibility and range of motion. By using a fluff thread, the seams are better able to bend with the fabric as the wearer moves.

I prefer my hemline just above the knee, so I took up the hem of the dress. The wrap tie closure makes the dress’ size somewhat adjustable, so you can feel comfortable during all your activities.







I made a small sweat-wicking neck tie out of my scrap fabric to add an extra element of flare and versatility to the look.







And here it is, the perfect alternate sportswear ensemble for anyone who wants to transition easily from the tennis court to the cocktail bar!