Thursday, 29 September 2016

Wrap it Up

I always struggle putting together casual vintage looks. The fancy looks are easy, a big vintage prom dress always looks elegant and eye catching. But those casual looks that need to be comfy and well styled, whilst remaining obviously vintage, not so easy.

When I saw a recommendation for this easy to sew wrap top, I was very excited!
Especially since there is a lovely big bow in the front.

And let me assure you that it was very easy to sew. I would say it took about 2 hours to cut and sew this top, so a nice Sunday afternoon project.

For anyone new to sewing I would highly recommend it!

The soft capped sleeves are very flattering, and the bound neckline gives a crisp professional finish.
There are also endless possibilities for creative trim usage. I'm feeling some ric rac around the neckline and sleeve edge would be splendid.

No darts, and yet a lovely smooth fit.
Also no zip or buttons to be faffing around with, always a plus!

Outfit Details
Top- me made
Skirt- me made(self drafted)
Handbag- Vintage from Etsy
Earrings and Brooch- vintage dead stock- Bow and crossbones
Sunglasses- holiday souvenir
Gloves- Vintage- beyond retro
Bracelet- Sew very vintage

Click HERE to see the tutorial on how to make this cute 40s wrap top.

I'm super happy with how my little top came out and hopefully can make a couple more, get some trim going!
I feel like this pattern can be very differently styled too. With careful print and trim choice this top can easily fit in to different decades styles.

Let me know if you give it a try, I would love to see the results.




  1. Oo I'd seen that tutorial but wasn't sure about the versions they showed. Yours, however, makes me want to make one right now!! Great fabric choice, and the outfit is fantastically put together. A fancy casual look! X

  2. So very lovely! The tie detailing on the front really adds a lot of great visual interest and helps to make this a standout piece that adds something (all the more) special to a casual vintage look. Great styling and a fabulous make, sweet dear!

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  3. That is such a great top, I love your fabric choice and it looks awesome with your skirt too! I'd love to make one of these, I'd get a lot of wear out of it! x

  4. LOVE what you've done with this vintage pattern! You've definitely tempted me to make it too. Looks nice and simple but looks glamorous! Love your skirt too xx

  5. Absolutely gorgeous! You're a fabulous ambassador for that pattern, I'll definitely give it a go! X

  6. You have inspired me to try and make this top! I was just wondering what the seam allowance is? Is it the normal 5/8"?

    1. Yes, I did use 5/8" seam allowance. I always like to sew with this amount. Just incase it needs letting out or adjusting later, there is that little bit inside.

    2. Thank you so much! I made mine, but it didn't come out right. :( I can't move my arms, so I need to figure out where I went wrong. I'm a beginner and I can make skirts and I can even quilt. When it comes to top and dresses, I can never get it right. Oh well, thanks again! :)

  7. Love this top and I can tell you it's moved right to the top of my endless To Sew List! I really love it as it also looks like a good one for smaller remnants of fabric, and you could piece it if you needed too. You've made it look so classic with your styling! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  8. I love this top! I would buy one right now if you were selling it ;) It is so good to have lots of tops like this that can be dressed up and down but are comfortable to boot! x

  9. You look extremely chic and babe-a-licious in this casual outfit. I loved learning that this top was fairly easy to make (sidenote: brava!) for it does not appear that way at all and looks rather elegant! Great work! I am envious of your sewing skills!