It’s been hot hot hot here lately, so I’ve not been doing so much sewing lately, although the heat has driven all of us into the basement where it’s tolerably cool and comfortable. And although I’ve been sewing for other people lately, this is the first little thing I’ve sewn for myself in the last 10 days. Is it really only 10 days? It seem like longer than that since my last post.
I used a silk jersey for this wrap top. It’s sorta kinda based on Burda’s wrap top 3-2012-121 but I wanted a top that didn’t require a tank underneath or a substantial FBA for proper coverage, so I stole the bodice pattern from Vogue 8379 because I know it fits without any major adjustments. I shortened the bodice by about 4 inches and add the long ties to the bottom of the bodice. They’re 57 inches long and 8 inches wide. I did not finish the edges, and am debating about doing so. There’s a big part of me that’s screaming “It’s not finished yet!”, and I may succumb and hem the ties properly. I used a long strip of self-fabric cut on the cross grain as a narrow facing for the neckline instead of the facing suggested by either Vogue or Burda. Both had facings at least 1.5 inches wide for the front. Why? A simple strip of fabric works so much better for knits.
I debated for a long time about whether to make a tunic or this top from the jersey, and I’m glad I went with this. I like the idea of tunics, but I think I’d reach for this more often. It’s cool in the heat of summer and I love the print!