I love wrap tops. I find them very flattering. I have this pattern New Look 6571 I bought for 99 cents a long time ago. Is for beginners like me. I decided to test the fit first with a remnant of black stretchy knit fabric. It is a two way stretchy knit fabric and it has a medium weight. I put the pattern on my dress form first to get a feeling for the proportions for this pattern.
I can see that I have to make the following alterations:
Narrow shoulders: I have to make a vertical fold at half of the shoulder and taper at bottom of bust apex
Narrow chest: My upper chest is very narrow so I always have to make a horizontal fold that affects the armhole. This means I have to “true” the armhole lines with the new alteration and walk my pattern front and back to make sure both sides are properly aligned.
Gaping neckline: The original outfit is supposed to be a low-neckline. I see in the picture that the model is wearing a dress or camisole underneath. I decided I want to wear this as a top so I need to increase one inch to avoid a gaping neckline. Maybe a decorative bias binding?
Making a muslin to test my altered pattern:
After altering the pattern, I made a muslin. I wanted to test the fit and also I wanted to test making a bias binding with stretchy fabric and finishing the edge with my Janome coverstitch machine.
First, I serged the edges of the binding and the top
Second, I folded the binding towards the wrong side of the fabric.
Third, I went to my machine to sew the edges with my coverstitch…
Oops…! for some reason, my stitches look like I was driving like a drunken sailor… in spite of using a guide seam to keep straight, the bulk of the folded fabric just kept shifting. This is what my binding looks like… embarrassing! It seems that I need to to this with a binding attachment? I don’t know if I really need one. Also, I noticed that the edge of the wrap top is too big. I have a gape about 1 1/2 inch wide. The neckline looks still to low to me. It could be that the fabric stretched when I was serging. Looks like I need to go back to the drawing board and make a second muslin test to get this right.