Iíve been continuing to develop my love for Sewing with Knits as Iíve been taking the excellent Craftsy course online. This week I made a Very Easy Vogue wrap over top from pattern Vogue V8390.
Itís a wrap over top, with sleeve options. And I used a really lovely soft chocolate brown knit fabric from Girl Charlee. Although the fabric was only $5 a yard, its very nice quality, soft and thick with a good stretch and recovers beautifully with no rippling. But because it is so lovely and thick, it really wasnít a good choice for this top. Not because of the fabric, but because the pattern was rather Ďover the topí.
The pattern asks that you cut each side of the wrap over front twice, and sew them together, so you really end up with 4 layers of fabric on the front, and this makes it very heavy, very thick, especially across the tummy area, and very warm! Something I really didnít want here in Cayman where it rarely drops below 80 degrees.
And because of the 4 layers of fabric, the gathered areas are very very thick.
Looking at it from the gathered side, everything looks good. The top is very nicely cut and the neckline doesnít gape at all, it fits high enough to be comfortable and low enough to be Ďinterestingí. And the scooped front is a nice touch. The shoulders have little gathers too and the sleeves are a perfect length for covering that upper arm chubbiness. Its really very flattering.
However look at it from the other side and its not quite so good.
On this side, there are two layers of fabric gathered from the panel that wraps underneath, and then sewn into the side seam. And that makes the smooth side seam not so smooth Ė its very thick and puckered because of the gathers inside. I donít really see why the inside panel needs to be gathered Ė it would have fitted better if it was smooth. And with the doubling up of fabric, there were 4 pieces of jersey in this side seam.
However I do really like this top Ė but if I were to make it again I think I would make the following alterations.
- The front panels really donít need to be doubled up. I would only cut one and turn over a narrow hem.
- The inside panel doesnít need to be gathered where it meets the side seam. I would reduce its height and sew it into the seam without gathering.
- Sew a smaller size to take into account less fabric in front and get a smoother fit.
- Maybe reduce the length at the front a little to make it more hip length.
If you would like a nice and easy wrap top, I can certainly recommend the Vogue V8390, but with the modifications.
You can read more about this project, my progress on the Sewing with Knits course and my other sewing at http://so-sew-easy.com/vogue-v8390/