Ottobre Faux Wrap Dress earlier this summer, photo below... and dealing with a faux wrap that does not stay closed well..... I was super worried about the wearability of this top. If you notice in the photo below, Ottobre's 'wrap' ends off-center anchored in the front skirt piece... whereas the Burda top's 'wrap' ends in the side seams... so that gave me hope. I do absolutely adore the Ottobre dress and have enjoyed wearing it.... with a cami underneath!
here, and the second here. When I first received my September issue, this cute top immediately caught my eye but feeling so wary about the gaping issue, was hesitant to make it. In Burda's photo below left, you can see how the faux wrap ends in the side seam.... but under the waistline.... more in the hip area.... and that concerned me.... until I recently came across Hila from Saturday Night Stitch's YouTube video version of this top where she shows her first version that looked like she may have moved the 'wrap' up higher... to hit more under the bust at/above the waistline and really liked it. (Her 2nd version is a lower hitting 'wrap') She also spoke of the tightness at the hips and tightness in the arms. She's so little and in such great shape, she didn't need to modify any of that.... but I knew I would need to so graded from a size 36 bust/waist to a size 38 hips. I did not add anything to the arm width because my fabric has a wonderful 4-way stretch but did take Hila's thoughts into consideration and only serged that seam at @1/4" seam allowance. All my other seams are a 3/8" seam allowance stitched on the sewing machine using a walking foot, then run through the serger to 'neaten edges of allowances together'. Oh, and I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 length and shortened the length of the top by 2". But the biggest modification I did was to raise the wrap insertion in the side seams to at/above waist.... just under the bustline. It wasn't hard to figure out and REALLY like the security it affords. I've worn this top for the last 2 days to check out the modesty factor and have to say it's fantastic. No problems at all. Stays nice and shut without feeling restrictive.
2018 Burda Challenge .....
....... and a make for Sarah Liz's Make a Garment a Month. :)
Mini capsule wardrobe item #1 M5890 top
Mini capsule wardrobe item #2 NewLook 6164 Skirt