I’ve now made a fair few of these wrap tops and I thought I’d share some insights into my learning curve with you.

  • Choosing fabric is not as easy as it sounds. The best kind to use is a cotton, it’s nice and lightweight for a summer crop top and easy to work with. It also means it won’t shrink in a normal wash (30/40 degrees) so you don’t have to wash the fabric before sewing (what a pain that would be be, I just wanna get sewing!).
  • For me it works best as a crop top. That might be because I’m a pear shape and love skirts but it is also easier to make. I’ll publish a couple of posts about how to make a longer wrap top in September, ready for the end of summer. (You see I’ve got plenty ideas for what to write about already, my blog schedule is rammed ^^)
  • It’s better to line them fully – this gives them more stability and makes them feel more substantial, like an actual garment rather than a cloth you’ve thrown around your neck. This also – if done right – makes every wrap top you make reversible. Such wow! It also doesn’t really take more time to line it fully, it’s actually a bit of a pain to just line the neckline because it’s more fiddly.
  • Bias binding is my new favourite thing – it means you don’t have to cut 100% perfect and can just hide your mishaps. It also means you don’t lose any width/length, and it provides a smooth and accentuated finish.
  • No fabric is printed level – if you want straight lines / the pattern to run perfectly vertically or horizontally – cut the fabric precisely, don’t rip it.
  • Even if it’s a simple design – it’s worth doing every step as best as you can. It will just annoy you if you’ve scrimped on cutting the fabric properly and torn it instead. Most fabrics tear straight but the pattern often isn’t straight or the way it’s torn doesn’t match your second (lining) piece. That’s just annoying, take time to draw the measurements on properly, or even draw on pattern paper first.
  • If you want to make ‘a quick one’ buy plain fabric or a fabric with a pattern that doesn’t have a set direction, geometric patterns are good for this. This way you can just cut 1 piece of each fabric and don’t have to join front and back so the back isn’t upside down.
  • The optimum length for the bow for me is 176 cm (my waist is 76 cm). That’s not too long and not too short to make a bow with. (It is also my height. Coincidence?) So maybe the perfect bow formula = [waist] + 100 cm?
  • You can have a wine or two when making them but not much more. There’s a lot of straight lines to sew…
  • But most importantly: Wrap tops are SO versatile. Let your imagination run wild, the possibilities are endless! Show me your creations!