Modal Wrap Dress


I’m back, with more modal jersey! (Here’s my last post.) This time I sewed Cashmerette’s Appleton Wrap Dress. I’ve made it several times before: as a pattern tester in rayon knit, then in Japanese-inspired polyester ITY,  a maxi sleeveless version this summer, and one for my sister in rayon bird knit! This one is actually for my sister too – but we’re almost the same size, so I’m modelling it today.


As I mentioned in my pervious post, Cali has lots of great colours in this fabric. This time I used the Slate Blue. It’s buttery soft on the outside, with about 20% two-way stretch. It’s 45% polyester and 55% modal. It sewed up nicely, and the dress took 2 hours to make!


Modal offers a beautiful texture and drape. Unfortunately, it’s not a fabric that will hide what’s underneath, so you can see the outline of my undergarments and slip quite clearly! That’s ok though – it’s just the nature of things. (And the reason why I sew prints most often for myself!)


Top marks to the pattern – it was quite windy while I took these photos, and no matter what direction I faced, I didn’t end up with any photos where the wrap skirt was blowing open!

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I think this colour is lovely – and actually, it’s very close to the colour of my sister’s childhood bedroom! She’s a prolific knitter and had lots of handmade lace shawls, so I picture her wearing this dress with cosy wool in winter, and strappy sandals in summer!

Have you used modal before? What would you make with it? 

Gillian is a teacher, cat lady, and colour-fanatic, and blogs at .

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Hi! My name is Gillian, and I love to sew! I blog at and I run the Sewcialists.

I’ve enjoyed sewing since I was a kid, but when I started sewing clothes in 2012, it became a bit of an obsession. I’m all about wearable, comfy everyday clothes – and my wardrobe is overflowing! I’ve pulled all the colours that I love wearing into my personal colour palette, which keeps me inspired and my fabric shopping on track. I’ve ordered from Cali Fabric for years, and I’m so excited to be able to join their blogger team!

I live in Ontario (Canada) with my nerdy and awesome husband and our two cats. I’m a teacher by day, and fabric hoarder by night!

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4 thoughts on “Modal Wrap Dress”

    1. It’s all about the machine! I use a cover stitch machine, and it gives a reliable nice finish every time. Before I had it, hems were much more of a headache!

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