Sunday, March 20, 2022

Peppermint Wrap Top


Sometimes things just don't work out the way you'd like....

I've always really enjoyed following Lee at @leevosburgh and for her pretty low-key and effortless-but-put-together-looking style. When she posted this wrap top I (very optimistically) thought, 'I can just make that!' 

My base for trying to recreate this top was Peppermint Magazine's (free!) Wrap Top. The pattern is sized up to a 52" bust. The major modifications I had planned were: (1) make it short sleeved and (2) adjust the tie so that instead of going all the way around the body, it just tied at the front. 


In a first for me, I bought fabric off etsy for this. I purchased 2 yards of a cotton denim tencel for $7.10 a yard. I do think this fabric performed pretty well for its price. Though I did have a problem where if I had to seam rip, that process left marks in the fabric... I'm not sure if this is normal for all denim or something specific to this fabric. 

Sewing this honestly wasn't so bad. The modifications were surprisingly straightforward: I shorted the sleeves, shorted the wrap portion so it laid fully at the front of the shirt, and moved the wrap ties upward and also shortened them. I credit this to the pattern being very easy to modify -- nothing a little tracing with tissue paper couldn't solve.

Final Thoughts
Despite all this, I just don't like it... Wrap tops tend to elongate my already very long torso and neck. I also couldn't figure out how to get the bow to lay like it does in the inspiration photo. The fabric is also, I think, too thin for the structure called for in this type of shirt where you don't need to pull the wrap all the way around the body. You can see the creases causes by gentle wear and the wrapped fabric underneath very easily.

While the monetary cost was low, the time cost was a high and I truly just never wear this top... lessons were learned. 

1 comment

  1. All things considered, I think you did a great job. I saw you hack on IG and had to find out how you did it.