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eternal magpie organic cotton wrap top

I had a very small piece of the spotty/stripy organic cotton jersey left over, so rather than re-burying it in the depths of the stash never to be seen again, I thought I'd use it up straight away. 

This top is loosely based on Burda pattern 7107, which appears to be out of print. I say "loosely based" partly because I didn't have quite enough fabric to make the tie as long as the pattern required, and partly because I read the instructions and then completely ignored them. 

eternal magpie organic cotton wrap top

I wanted to make a little summer wrap top that would tie under the bust, to add a bit of shaping to the dresses for those of us that suit a higher empire waistline. So far, so good! It does that beautifully, I think. 

Unfortunately, despite checking the measurements three times, and cutting out the biggest size on the pattern... it's too small for me. The two sides of the front don't meet, let alone wrap, which is really disappointing as it's otherwise absolutely perfect!  

eternal magpie organic cotton wrap top

It's pictured here on my lovely mannequin who is wearing a size 8-10 dress, and measures 88cm (34¾") around the fullest part of the bust. As you can see, the fronts now wrap over by a couple of inches, and the ties are just long enough to knot at the back if you don't want them hanging down at the front.

eternal magpie organic cotton wrap top

I've popped this one into the sample sale, so that someone smaller than me can pick up a bargain! 

What do you think though? As tops go... is this the sort of thing that you'd like to wear over one of your summer dresses? 

I'm definitely going to have to draw up a new pattern for something in this style - not least because I want to make one which actually fits me! 

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  1. Sophia

    I love the idea of this wrap, it would want to be a plain black or blue for me however because much as I LOVE patterns, I mostly can't overcome the anxiety I feel about actually wearing them (with the exception of Paisley) :)

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