Hello there –

this week I’ve got a variation of the wrap top for you made from my favourite summer fabric – it’s a short top that is cut in a sort of oval and it will give you wiiings 🙂

This is what it looks like:

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You will need:

  • 1m of primary fabric
  • 1m of secondary fabric (plain lining or a reversible fabric)
  • 8 buttons of the same size
  • ca. 3m (ca. 118in) of bias binding (colour of choice that matches/contrasts both fabrics)
  • measurement for the width
  • measurement for the length
  • your waist measurement
  • circumference of your upper arm
  • an iron (I can hear you sigh, I know pressing isn’t the most fun but it won’t look as good if you don’t)

And here is HOW YOU * Craft It Yourself *

  • lay your primary and secondary fabric on top of each other right sides facing, fold in half, then in half again so you have a quarter – the centre point is where your neck will be cut out, and where you mark the measurements from
  • pin the 8 layers of fabric together so they don’t move when cutting
  • mark 1/2 of the width measurement along the top angle
  • mark 1/2 of the circumference of your upper arm at a right angle to the end of the last measurement
  • mark 1/2 of the length measurement down the other side of the angle off the centre point
  • mark 1/4 of your waist measurement at a right angle to the end of the last measurement
  • join the end points free-handedly (it’s easier than you think) – if that doesn’t work as smoothly as you’d like just try again (I recommend using tailor’s chalk for this so any wrong lines come off easily later. I also recommend rounding off any strange angles where the lines meet for a smoother finish. I didn’t do it like that but I wish I had.)
  • mark a radius of your choice off the centre point for your neckline (mine was 11cm) – pin along the line so it’s easier to cut

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  • CUT along the lines…
  • take the pins out and unfold your oval(ish) shape carefully – try to keep the 2 layers of fabric in place so that you can pin the neckline together easily. This is the first thing you’re going to sew together.

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(you can see I didn’t pin my fabric right sides facing which is why I had to painstakingly peel the layers apart then reassemble the other way round for sewing)

  • if you’d like a neckline as on the other wrap tops then cut a straight line of about 7-8cm down the front centre from the neck (you can cut longer, it depends on how much you want to reveal 😉 )

neck 2

  • now sew along the dotted line in the above picture, trying to get as close as you can to the lowest point of the neckline (this makes it neater when you turn the fabric inside out)
  • turn the fabric inside out, pushing the right angles of the neckline through crisply
  • press the neckline (it’s worth it and gives a neater finish!)
  • now topstitch along the neckline, doing a little V at the lowest point of the neckline

point

  • now fold your bias binding in half and press it before you pin it onto the edges (again, it’s worth it for a crisp finish! I learned this from the lovely Janice at the Walkaway dress workshop the other week)
  • pin the bias binding along the edges, starting from the centre back (it’s never absolutely perfect when you stitch the overlapping ends so at the back it’s less likely to be seen if it goes a bit pear shaped…) – once you get to the end tuck the raw edge of the bias in for about 1cm so that there is no raw edges showing
  • start topstitching the bias binding where it overlaps at the back and go all the way around
  • now for the trickier part… how to put it together….?!

If you have chosen to line the top with a plain fabric and don’t want/need it to be reversible (I’ve got an affinity for reversible at the moment – it’s like getting a bargain in the high street – 2 for 1? Why, yes please!) – anyway, it’s easier if you’re only going to wear the top one way around.

  • put the top over your head and pin the ‘sleeves’ together close to your arm
  • take the top off, lay it on the table and see if it is properly lined up everywhere / folded in half along the top – if not, adjust, pin in place, put on the top and see if it still works (basically you want sleeves that’ll be easy to get into, comfortable but still flared)
  • sew at the 2 points you marked, parallel to the top edge towards the neckline for about 10cm just to secure the fabric in place
  • put the top on again and overlap the front over the back piece at the sides, pin into a comfortable position here too
  • take the top off and again – see if it is properly lined up everywhere / folded in half along the top – if not, adjust, pin in place, put on the top and see if it still works (it won’t be exact because the back will be folded over but try to keep the front and back bottom hems level)
  • sew the ‘intersection’ in place (maybe a small triangle shape would do?)

If you want the top to be reversible, it’s gonna get a bit fiddly and I hope I can explain what I’ve done (it’s not a perfect solution but I’ve got an idea how to improve it, which I’ll share later on)

  • put the top over your head and pin the ‘sleeves’ together close to your arm
  • take the top off, lay it on the table and see if it is properly lined up everywhere / folded in half along the top – if not, adjust, pin in place, put on the top and see if it still works (basically you want sleeves that’ll be easy to get into, comfortable but still flared
  • sew 2 button holes at the points you marked (on the front piece), I did mine right next to the bias binding
  • sew 2 buttons for each button hole onto the corresponding points at the back, I sewed mine onto the bias binding for better stability
  • put the top on again and overlap the front over the back piece at the sides, pin into a comfortable position here too
  • take the top off and again – see if it is properly lined up everywhere / folded in half along the top – if not, adjust, pin in place, put on the top and see if it still works (it won’t be exact because the back will be folded over but try to keep the front and back bottom hems level)
  • the 2 button holes on the front might be slightly away from the bias binding (with mine it was 3cm) but I didn’t use my waist measurement to determine the bottom hem so it might be fine – either way, sew 2 more button holes on the front piece
  • then sew 2 more buttons for each button hole onto the corresponding position on the back piece

Whichever way you chose – you’re now finished! Well done, you! Do a little victory dance 🙂

Do up all the buttons before you put on the top, otherwise it’s a bit fiddly. It might be a bit tight at first but I’m sure that’ll wear in later on.

Instead of using buttons I’m sure you could also feed a ribbon through the lower button holes (also do button holes on the back piece) – I’ll try that on my next one, just didn’t have enough ribbon to try it this time…

Either way this is a few details of the top:

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Hope you enjoy making this, let me see your creations!

Cu next Friday xx

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