Did you miss me? January was such a crazy month I would start a blog post, but then completely get distracted and didn’t get to share this wrap top I made using Simplicity 8424. Ironically enough this is the perfect time to share it for two reasons Valentine’s day is this Sunday and the fabric that I used is from a Black and Latina own fabric company called Melanated Fabrics. In honor of Black History month, I wanted to highlight a few black-owned companies that you can support. My hope is that I bring my favorite products to light and that they become yours as well. And that we support them year-round and not just one month out of the year.
Let me start by talking about the fabric I choose. It’s bamboo ribbed knit and is super soft. Unfortunately the color that I choose which was Boysenberry is not available anymore; however, they have some other colors that would be perfect for a sultry look like this. Bordeaux would be my top choice. What I like about the company is that they package everything so well. I have purchased from companies before where it’s like they just cut the fabric and stuffed it in an envelope. No personal touch what so ever. I’d rather buy from a company where I know they value me as a customer.
Now the fabric was easy to work with and is tightly woven so it doesn’t fray. If you don’t have a serger you can get away with leaving the edges unfinished and not worry about your garment falling apart. Make sure to read the yardage because the one I purchased was like tubing. I was able to easily but it open and then have a longer piece of fabric to make the bodice so it’s nothing to stress over if you do the same thing. Now let’s get into the pattern.
Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit leggings in two lengths, tank top, wrap top, and pull over top.
You may remember I made another top from this pattern here.
Pattern Size Chosen: Medium
Fabric Choice: Activewear Knits, Jersey, Spandex Blends, Stretch Lace, Stretch Lame and Stretch Velvet
Color: Boysenberry looks purple in person and on camera.
Sewing Tools Needed That Aren’t Mentioned:
Rotary Cutter or Scissors
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you finished sewing it? Yes.
Are the instructions easy to follow? Very I believe a beginner could do this pattern easily.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The ties to wrap the top around were long enough that they didn’t drag, but also long enough that I could wrap them around my body twice if I didn’t want them hanging at my side.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: One of the ties went again the grain because I ran out of fabric and I had to shorten it because of that so I made sure that that one went through the hole and the long tie wrapped around my body. That way when I tied them off at my side they were even. Oh and I also shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length. I felt the other length was a little awkward since the sleeve would fall on the thickest part of the forearm.
Would you sew it again? Yes, I have some stretch lace in my stash. I may try that next.
How long did it take? This is a good 2 hour project from start to finish including pressing and cutting out the pattern pieces, marking the dots and notches and cutting out the fabric.
Tips to avoid it taking as long and other advise: Always double check that you have enough fabric. Other than that the pattern is straight forward.
Until next time…