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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cake Pavlova Wrap



Sheesh, I made this top 2 months ago, during Cake Pattern's sew-a-long. I really like a good wrap, but have made very few so far. This would be the second top I've made that has long ties wrapping around the waist. The first was a Burdastyle blouse in linen. I had a good laugh when I looked in my closet and realized I'd made two very similar tops in the exact same color. Uh, how often do I sew with coral?



 This top has cut-on sleeves and some unusual construction techniques. I was scrunching my nose a bit while sewing thinking, "This is odd; this isn't going to work." Now that I've figured how to arrange the shirt with the ties, I think it's a really pretty top. I like the style of the wrap and neckline, which strike me as "geisha"-style.

Strangely, the ties are way too short in this size. I say "in this size" because I noted in other sizes people have made, the ties were very long. I managed to tie it, but it'd be more comfortable with a few more inches of tie length.

For personal preference, I'd lengthen the top in a future version. Come to think of it, I do lengthen most tops anyway. In this case, I'll look for (i.e. make) some high-waisted pants.



Some full length shots....

I did cut out and partially stitch the accompanying circle skirt. I did so with reservation as to circle skirts being a good choice for me. But I wanted to make a good faith effort to try it at least once!

Whoa! Wow! Circle skirts are NOT for me! My husband confirmed my thoughts with something to the effect of..."I hate the fabric, and you're more of a cargo pants type gal." Yeah, so, moving on...

If circle skirts ARE for you, note the waistband binding errata.



Below is the back neckline. The neckband is cut a little smaller than the opening, I suppose to pull the neck in a bit. The inside shoulder/neckline corners are reinforced with squares of interfacing, which doesn't make for the prettiest inside finish, naturally.



Below is the back of the bodice, which extends lower than the ties in a sort of flap. That's the part that was odd in my mind. Now, you either have to do something like this, or cut slits in the side seam to allow the ties to pass through and around the waist (which is how it was done in the Burda blouse I mentioned above). So, with a bit of careful arranging, it works.







18 comments:

  1. This is a nice color for you--I can see why you ended up with two similar shirts! The back flap rather than side slits is an interesting idea. You seem to have it well-arranged for the photos. I would want more length, too; that said, the shorter shirt with the higher waist pants makes you look very tall (but maybe you are tall?).

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    1. Thanks, I like this color, but I mostly end up choosing the greens and blues.

      Yeah, that's an interesting optical illusion since I'm just under 5'5".

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  2. This is a lovely colour on you so why not have more than 1 coral top.

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  3. I agree, beautiful color top! I have still yet to try a wrap top or dress, but I do have some patterns for it.

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    1. Thanks! I haven't done too many myself, but I have a vintage woven wrap dress I'd like to make soon.

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  4. That's a lovely top; nothing wrong with having lots of pretty coral wrap tops!

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    1. Thanks! I do like coral! Maybe I'll make a different style in the future, hehe.

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  5. I like the shape of this top and think it looks very pretty, including the shorter length, but the short ties would irritate me. I think others who have made this top have extended them.

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    1. Yeah, the short ties are frustrating. I could tie them in back, if my waistline were higher (to cover the gap!)

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  6. What a great top. Shame the tie is a little short.

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  7. Love your top, the colour is really nice and you look very good in it :)

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  8. Ooh, it's lovely Joy and I'm interested to read your notes, as I've finally made mine too. I'd read that it was short, so lengthened mine, and cut ties for the size above, I find they tie in a bow behind, but don't come to the front. It was really interesting and sometimes counterintuitive to make and I wish I'd cut a smaller square of interfacing too! But I am smitten and can't wait to make another. Looks great with cargoes, you're right.

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    1. Your version looks great! Glad you were able to lengthen it.

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  9. very pretty top Joy and a lovely colour too!

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