I’ve been eyeing up this free pattern from Peppermint magazine for a while now. I’ve seen so many beautiful versions of the Wrap Top (designed by In The Folds) on social media that I finally decided to have a go at it myself!
If you hadn’t heard of them already, Peppermint magazine is an Australian quarterly lifestyle magazine all about style, sustainability and substance. And whilst they’re not a typical “sewing magazine”, they offer a new free digital sewing pattern with each issue (check out the full catalogue here). They’ve got a lovely range of patterns so it’s worth having a look!
The Wrap Top is exactly what the name implies – a full wrap top with a side seam slit. The sleeves are loose and slightly cropped and the top reaches the high hip. It’s a simple style but ever so effective.
I decided to make mine in a dotty viscose linen blend that I’d bought from My Fabrics last year. (This was actually from the same haul that linen I used for my Patsy dungarees!). I only had 1.5metres of not particularly wide fabric so I knew I’d have to be quite economical with how I used it.
In order to accommodate my fabric length/ width I had to make a change to the sleeve! I had the width but not the length needed so I chose to shorten the sleeve and widen it to make the most of what I had! What this left me with was a 3/4 length sleeve which I gathered with elastic at the cuff. It worked exactly as I’d hoped!
I also had to cobble together a little bit of the length in one of the ties but I doubt anyone will notice the extra French seam!
I feel rather sophisticated in this top! Im lucky that wraps tend to work really well for my body but I’m especially pleased with how this sits over the bust as it hits me just where I’d want it to without having to fiddle with it. It was a super quick and easy make too – I can see myself myself making lots of these in future!