It was about that time again where I needed to sew something that wasn’t a bra, and this time I settled on something that felt very fall to me – a wrap top. Something that is light, but cosy, that wraps you up, but doesn’t smother you in warmth just yet.
Specifically, I settled on the Elmira Wrap Top pattern from Colette, in my favourite Scarlet Bamboo!
I wanted something that was lightweight, fairly close fitting and easy to throw on with jeans, leggings and under a coat if need be.
I fell into their size 8, which is a medium, but with this fabric I thought I would go down a size to the small, and looking back I might have gone down to their extra small, because I still find it a bit roomy in the shoulders and across the lower back. The only other size modifications I made, after reading lots of reviews, was to grade the bottom of the arm and the cuffs to the size large because I heard they ran really tight, and I’m not the smallest-armed person either lol.
So I made up the top, with the ties, threw it on and…… was pretty unimpressed by the sad heavy droopy bow that the fabric ties made. It was not something that I was going to wear. So I got brainstorming and thought of a solution with these two smaller string ties, where I basically just lobbed the regular thick fabric ties off shorter and added these two little ties!
And of course, because I’m a bra & swimwear sewist, I made the ties by covering my swimwear elastic with the bamboo, just like you would make a swimwear strap. And because I can’t be bothered to do an actual hem, I finished the bottom hem with swimwear elastic as well, but the neckline edges I did with a thin strip of self binding that peaks out- which I really love and was SO much less bulky than their method of doubling the front.
I don’t know if that would qualify this pattern to be ‘heavily modified’, but I definitely took a quick look at the instructions and said ‘not today!’
I realized just how long it has been since I made myself clothing, because it’s been a while since I’ve been able to go out in public to do a photoshoot that wasn’t a beach!
Gibby was quite pleased that we chose his favourite park for the photos : )
Have you been doing any fun sewing this fall? What did you make?
Please link anything you’ve made this fall in a comment for me to see!!