As we move from our first two months dedicated to pants, it is a breath of fresh air to sew up some other basics! We put out an ask to our facebook group, as to what they would like to focus on – and the resounding response was, you guessed it – BASICS! So, today I’m tackling one of my favorite basic shapes — the wiggle dress — in some amazing fabric from So Sew English! Now I know that wiggle dresses aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. And to that I say — at least try the tea before you decide it’s not for you! And I promised a giveaway, so be sure to read all the way through for details 🙂
I think that a properly fitted wiggle dress looks good on most people. Add to that the fact that they’re easy to make, easy to wear, and easily dress up or down, and you can see why I come back to them again and again.
This wiggle dress is the Givre dress from Deer & Doe. All you astute readers out there probably noticed that the Givre dresses in the D&D shop have color blocking at the shoulders and mine doesn’t. While I love wiggle dresses, I’m not a big fan of color blocking, so I simply mashed the color blocked pieces together for a simple, non-colorblocked dress.
But this is a styling post, so I’m going to show you 3 different ways that I style this dress for the office, a casual weekend, and a night out.
The Wiggle Dress Goes to the Office
I hope it doesn’t surprise you when I tell you that I have worn this exact outfit to work. In fact, I wore it the day I took these photos (convenient, huh?). Paired with a simple cardi and booties, it was professional and comfortable. Since I spend most of my work days sitting at a desk, comfort is important!
Get the Look:
The Wiggle Dress Goes Home
Even though it sometimes seems like I spend all my time at the office, I actually don’t. And while I spend a lot of my weekend time in jeans and a t-shirt, sometimes I like to feel more put together. In fact, looking more put together in general is one of my main goals for 2018.
The wiggle dress is great for that situation too — it’s easy to wear but feels like I stayed in my PJs all day. And unlike a fuller skirt, there’s little to no chance of flashing anyone while dealing with my crazy kids! To up the casual factor, I paired it with an oversized cardigan and Chuck Taylors.
Get the Look:
The Wiggle Dress Goes Out to Dinner
And now the situation everyone expects with a wiggle dress — the night out. The nice thing about a wiggle dress on a night out is that it doesn’t need much to dress it up. I tend towards minimalist in my styling, so I love a piece that pretty much dresses itself up. And a sleek silhouette in a statement fabric like an SSE floral print, does just that. For this look, I let the dress do the talking and paired it with simple heels (I’ll get better about not cutting off my feet, I promise!) a fun necklace, and a great bag.
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And a giveaway!
So Sew English agreed to sponsor this post and is generously offering TWO $25 credits to 2 lucky Sew Altered Style followers! That’s enough for 3 yards of beautiful fabric. My dress is made from the navy colorway of their Corrine double-brushed poly, which happens to be sold out right now (big sad face), but the black colorway is in stock, as well as literally dozens of other beautiful prints.
So how to enter?
Hop on over to the Sew Altered Style Facebook page, and leave us a comment. And maybe stick around to join our FB group Sew Altered Style Society, as well 🙂 We have a great group of sewists over there who are passionate about sewing great-fitting, well-curated wardrobes.
We are currently running our Maker March 2018 photo challenge on Instagram and today’s prompt just happens to be — PRINTS! Show us your favorite printed make or fabric, and be sure to tag us @sewalteredstyle, @ssefabrics, and use the hashtag #makermarch2018 to enter.