Poly Dupion Wrap Top
During the holidays I was looking through my closet for a fancy, but not too fancy outfit for a party and came up short. Have you ever found yourself in that middle ground where you want to acknowledge, yes this event is special, but the dress code is casual?
For holiday and special occasions I usually turn to fabrics with shine, sparkle, or luxurious looks. To fill in my middle ground wardrobe need, I paired the Peppermint Wrap Top with The Fabric Guys’ Premium Dupion in shot purple. The texture of the dupion reminds me of raw silk, the fabric has some shine when light hits it at an angle, and the contrasting warp and weft threads really give it a rich color that shifts from purple to purplish blue. This definitely checks off the luxurious fabric box.
Before diving into the Peppermint Wrap Top, let me share a few quick tips when sewing with a new to you pattern designer, all of which I used in the making of today’s project.
- Find your support: look for the designer’s Facebook group, tutorials, and blog posts to help you gain insight into the pattern or to seek help.
- Look for examples and reviews.
- Read through the instructions thoroughly before sewing.
- Muslin Muslin Muslin.
Despite my dislike for making muslins, sewing one up was my first step- I wasn’t going to chance cutting right into my fabric with a wrap top. I’m so thankful I did the extra work, because sewing according to the size chart was all wrong for me. I was swimming in fabric and the armscye was so low I couldn’t raise my arms without lifting the top too.
After reading some pattern reviews (yes, I should have followed my own tips) I saw that many sewists had to size down to deal with all the excess ease. I went down two sizes, raised the armscye 1/2in, and muslined again. Much better. There’s still plenty of ease for the casual look and I can move my arms.
After I got the fit all worked out, it was quite easy sewing up the final version in the dupion. The fabric keeps a crisp press, making it easy to press and sew the small hem along the long edges of the neckline/wrap ties.
I’m going to call this project a success despite the pattern. The combination of the wrap style and the special fabric make for a top that I can wear for many occasions.
I honestly would not recommend this pattern if you want to copy my look. Hopefully you can find a wrap top pattern that doesn’t have these problems: 1. The mysterious seam allowance. I had to measure between the cut lines and the printed seam line to figure out the seam allowance was 1/2in. This info should be somewhere in the instructions. 2. Excessive ease. Sewists are having to frequently size down. 3. Sleeve drafting. If you can’t raise your arms, there’s a problem. 4. Wasted paper. There are huge margins to cut off before assembling the pattern. Especially annoying when the pattern includes a paragraph imploring you to consider the environment before printing and in choosing fabric. Praises though for including instructions for nicely finished interior seams as most patterns don’t even talk about this.
Thanks for reading today.