Voile Wrap Top
Sewing has been my calm place since I started about 5 years ago, I feel like it soothes my soul. I hope that through these trying times you can find inspiration and calm too.
For this project I chose the white polka dot voile. I’ve only ever used voile as curtains before so I was curious to see what this fabric would be like. It’s a nice lightweight, with lots of drape and it is soft and smooth. It’s not as sheer as I was expecting, for this top I didn’t line it, but you may wish to line your garment. The fabric also has a looser weave, making it perfect for the warmer months.
I made the wrap top by In the Folds, it’s a free pattern from The Peppermint magazine. This is a nice easy make, great for beginners. There’s an opening in one side for one of the ties to go through, then you simply wrap it around yourself and tie it.
This fabric was actually very slippery to work with. I would recommend cutting it with a rotary cutter to stop it from shifting and distorting the shape. I also used spray starch to crisp it up and make it easier to work with. My machine handled this fabric very well, I had no issues. I used a walking foot, but I don’t think that’s absolutely necessary. I used a low heat on my iron whilst pressing, to stop it from melting the fabric. I’ve melted quite a few polyesters in my time, by using too high a heat on my iron.
The edges were fraying whilst sewing, and even though this pattern uses french seams so all the raw edges were enclosed. I used fray check on all the raw edges after trimming them, but before enclosing them in the french seam. Fray check does exactly what it sounds like, it stops fabric from fraying. I always use fray check on delicate fabrics to make sure they’ll last a long time and won’t fray in the wash.
Another tip for fray check is I keep mine in an old nail polish bottle. This is so that I have a small brush to apply the fray check, it keeps everything neat and stops it from becoming a gloopy mess. Using the small brush also makes it so much easier to apply.
This was my first time making the wrap top. Thankfully it goes up to my size, I made a size H for my shoulders and graded out to a J for my bust and waist. This pattern recommends using your bust and upper bust measurement to get the fit right. Thankfully with it being a wrap top, there’s not to much fitting to do.
I lengthened mine by 3”. To do that I marked a point below the bust dart but above the tie notches on the front pattern piece. I drew a straight line across, cut it and then added a 3” wide strip of paper. I then lined up the back pattern piece with the front and marked the same point, and did the same to add in the 3”. Next time I make the wrap top I think I’ll lengthen the ties by 2” I think the ties look a little short on me.
The instructions were very easy to follow. All the steps are broken up into small manageable bits. Although it uses french seams, the instructions make it easy to follow and I still think a beginner could tackle this pattern. The french seams are perfect for this fabric, as it is slightly sheer it’s always best to have a nice seam finish. This was a nice easy make and I had mine finished in an afternoon. The longest part was the hemming as the pieces are so long.
I love my top and feel very chic in it. It’s so easy to dress up or down.