I can’t explain why I am so attracted to wrap tops with ties! It’s a compulsion — put a pattern for one in front of my eyes and my lizard-brain kicks into gear, causing a rush of adrenaline, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. (In my world, apparently, lizard brains have what biologists have identified as exceptionally over-developed Sartorial Cortexes.) See my recent post about the Fibre Mood Wallys wrap blouse as well.
This is the Elmira Wrap top from Seamwork. This teal green one is my second go at making it. I used a rayon-cotton-modal blend sweater knit which is the perfect soft, stretchy, luscious, comfy knit. It didn’t behave all that well with my serger, as you can see from some of the wavy seams, but that hasn’t stopped me from wearing this a lot.
Which is a bit surprising, since I assumed the cropped length would make me NOT want to wear it. I feel like my waistline has been slowly expanding lately, so I thought a cropped sweater would make me feel all self-conscious about that. Wrong! I actually feel great wearing this sweater with a longer top underneath and a pair of high-waisted jeans.
Rewind to version #1. If I do say so myself, this hot pink one looks terrific! But alas, the smile on my face hides the sad truth that my fabric choice was all wrong for this. I used ponte di roma fabric (leftover from my fabulous Sew Over It Heather Dress), which is quite a bit more structured and less stretchy than the ideal fabric for the Elmira should be.
It looks pretty good in these pics but in real life if I so much as blinked, that front wrap would disarrange itself into a hot mess. I can’t wear something that I feel I have to be rearranging to sit properly all the time.
I have that problem with a lot of wrap tops. I think between a short shoulder-to-bust-point length, narrow shoulders, and a smallish bust, standard-size wraps just don’t want to sit correctly on me. I’ve learned that I usually have to take a good sized dart-shaped chunk out of the front edge of the front pattern pieces so that they don’t gape open. (I hadn’t done that here.)
What a waste of this beautiful colour! <sigh>
And now here’s a gratuitous pic of my Ernesto-Pesto Ernie-Burtzel Tiny Chicken. Spending more time cuddling with him has certainly been an upshot of the whole lockdown situation.
Do you like sewing and wearing wrap tops? Do you have any issues with fit? Would love to hear about your favourite patterns.
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