On a previous post, I tested this wrap top on a muslin. Looking at the test fabric, I realized I chose a fabric that is a 4-way stretch rather than 2-way or moderate stretch knit, something critical when working with stretchy fabrics. So I decided to use a remnant of a knit fabric that is lightweight and not stretchy. Sorry about not providing technical details about this fabric I found at JoAn, but the service was so poor, I just snatched the bolt and quickly went through the cashier to pay for it. It is the same fabric I used for my daughter’s top McCall’s 6693- Top A. It looks to me the fabric must have only less than 5% spandex.
Notes about this pattern:
- The original pattern for this wrap top has some wearing ease, so is not supposed to be a fitted top. It is a layer top. The model wears a fitted camisole underneath it. That is why the neckline is lower and more open around the bust.
- Well, there is one word to describe this pattern New Look 6571. GIGANTIC. Even though I used a moderate stretchy fabric this time, and knowing that is not a tight fitting top, I had to use the smallest size. Usually I work with a size 10 or 12 pattern. I am not tiny at all. But this time I had to go with a size 8 which is the smallest! So I am a little baffled by this.
- I had to remove excess fabric on my back because I have a deep curve on my lower back
- Instead of doing double fold binding with knit fabric ( I failed the test miserably), I increased the neckline about 1 and 1/2 inch (including hem allowance) for modesty
- I used clear elastic all around the front and back of neckline. Why? Because is always the case that I have a top with severe “gaposis” (term coined by famous Sandra Betzina in her Fast Fit book) around my chest, and around the back of my neck. I like to feel front and back of the neck snuggly enough.
This is the result. I could have applied the elastic without stretching it at all, as usual, to stabilize the edges. But I decided to pull the elastic only around the problem areas. So you may notice those gathers. Maybe I went a little overzealous with it, but I like it that the neck area does not move around like I am swimming in it.
Another way that I could solve the “gaposis” or “modesty” dilemma, is by leaving the neckline intact (no alterations), and add a faux camisole. Stay tuned because I am working on it and will do a video tutorial about it!