May 22, 2020
There are lots of great fabric options for making the 271 Sunset Wrap! The pattern uses about 2 yards of a 60" fabric or about 2 1/2 yards of a 56" fabric. These are great lengths to use up fabrics in your stash. Also great length to splurge of some good fabric for a garment that will be a wardrobe staple.
Inspired by the elegant and simple styles of the 1940s, this easy one-arm wrap shawl is a breeze to make, allowing you to sew up a beautiful wrap in an hour or less. This wrap can be made for winter with heavier-weight warm fabrics or is perfect for summer evenings made from lightweight material with good drape.
And, another little trick to think about, is that this pattern can be made without the exact right amount of fabric. If you have a great fabric that would work, but are short by 1/4 yard or so, you can still use this pattern. Just shorten the pattern by folding a pleat perpendicular to the long side until it is the length you wish. Of course, you don't want to make the pattern so short that it cannot be draped over your shoulder! So use your judgement!
The main fabric rule for this pattern is that whatever fabric you use, it should have pretty good drape. A very stiff fabric will not work well with this pattern as you want it to fall gracefully around your shoulder and neck. However, you can easily test the fabric by draping it over your shoulder. If you like the way it hangs, it will be fine for this pattern!
Suggested fabrics: Fabrics with good drape such as silk chiffon, charmuese, rayon, crepe, and wool or wool blends. Note that back side of fabric can be seen.
Below are some fabric suggestions from some of our favorite fabric stores. Please note, these suggested fabrics are based on fabrics that are in stock at the time the blog post is written, and may go out of stock from store at some point. If link is invalid for specific product, look for a similar fabric you can substitute.
And, this fun and beautiful double gauze from Oak Fabrics is gorgeous and would be a fun fabric to use for the wrap.
Here at Folkwear we have made several of the sunset wraps using the voile we have in stock. These are available for purchase at Folkwear Clothing. The voile drapes very nicely and wears so well. We have Sunset Wrap kits available with the sheer organic cotton voile.
Knit fabrics will even work with this pattern, with a few modifications. If using knit fabrics, either serge or stitch seams with a zig-zag stitch. The hem can be turned up only once (at 2 inches from cut edge) and the hem edge can be serged, cut, or left intact since it will not ravel. Or, just trim to the hem line and leave un-hemmed. You just want it to look good from the inside since that side can occasionally be seen when wearing the wrap. To hem a slippery knit, I sometimes use Steam-a-Seam when I iron the hem allowance so that it stays in place and does not stretch. You can stitch right over the interfaced hem tape. Use a cover stitch or zig-zag stitch to sew the hem (if you are going to sew the hem).