I Made a Wonder Woman Dress!

This pattern usually takes me one entire weekend to make from start to finish. Sometimes, I take breaks that make it take a bit longer.  But it was so worth it. Here is how I made a pretty, wearable, comfortable Wonder Woman dress!  First, here’s the finished product:

the back and side of the Wonder Woman Dress

The pattern is Colette Patterns “Crepe” – it’s available in sizes 0-18, and it is suitable for beginners in terms of the techniques used. Because it’s a wrap dress, the sizes are forgiving, and there’s no zipper!

For the Size 18 version shown here, the pattern called for 5 yards of fabric.  Their pattern assumes the whole thing is made from the same cloth. The WW dress assumes you need:

  • 3 yards of blue fabric w/ white stars
  • 2 yards of red fabric
  • 2 yards of gold fabric
  • 2.5 yards of 1/8″ cord for inside the piping
  • A yardstick (trust me)
  • A zipper foot for your machine
  • Fusible interfacing
  • marking chalk

If you don’t mind sewing pieces together end to end, you can get away with 1 yard of gold, but I preferred having some remnants over running out.

You can’t see it in this photo, but I also added gold piping around the sweetheart neckline.

Also, make sure that your 3 fabrics are all the same type of cloth (mine were all 100% cotton), that they are in the same color family (mine have a sort of vintage color scheme) and that they all have the same washing instructions!  I do recommend pre-washing and pressing all of your fabric before getting started.

make sure the stars are straightAs you’re cutting, I found it really important to make sure the skirt pieces were aligned with the stars evenly facing up!  It was pretty easy with the purchased pattern with the see-through tissue.

Red cloth: Pattern parts B, C, E, F, G, H

Gold cloth: Pattern parts: I (plus the bias tape for piping)

Blue stars: Pattern parts J, K, L

After you’ve cut the pieces, you’re pretty much following the pattern’s instructions until you get to Page 15 and the step entitled “Stitch Neck Facing.” this is where the piping comes in.

With what’s left of your gold fabric, cut bias tape (but don’t worry about folding it). Here’s the tutorial for that.  And then make your gold piping for the necklineSewing Piping

You’re going to be adding the piping on the same step as adding the Neck Facing to the neckline of the bodice.  It should follow from behind the waistband at the point where the sashes meet part C, up and around the shoulder, across the bodice front, around the other shoulder and back down to the other waistband. this gives it a finished look, and allows you to add all 2.5 yards of piping in one single seam.

Use the zipper foot (as shown) and choke up on the piping cord as close as you can get with this seam. If you’re too far away it looks really wonky. (I had to resew some seams because of that.)

The yard stick is to enable both the bias tape cuts, and because it’s the easiest, fastest way to turn that gold waistband right-side out.

Because I’ve made five of these dresses, I can tell you, try to sew the arm holes a little looser than the 5/8th seam allowance if you have big arms like I do. It increases comfort levels drastically.

I wore mine with my red converse when I modeled it.   Wear it with confidence and pride!

TA DA! Me in my WW dress

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