Bella Wrap Top
Posted in Projects on Tuesday the 28th May 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
This top was completely a happy accident, but it’s quickly becoming a well-worn piece in my handmade wardrobe!! I’d planned on making the Bella Wrap Top at the beginning of this year in a great smoky blue rayon jersey I had leftover in my stash from a dress I made last year. I felt like I had a good amount of that jersey leftover, but when I went to start cutting, I realized I didn’t even have enough to make half of this top! I’d already cut out the pdf pattern and started thinking about other fabric options, but I just didn’t love anything that I had sitting on my shelf… And then I saw this awesome Speckled Knit Fabric!
I’d seen this fabric used by some other sewists in the past, and I thought it looked like so much fun! The bright speckles sprinkled throughout give a fun, laidback vibe without overpowering the neutral tone of the fabric. I love the versatility this offers - from far away, it looks like a plain cream colored fabric, but close up you really get those fun details!
After picking this fabric out, I couldn’t wait to feel it in person - the speckles made it difficult for me to imagine the weight and texture of this jersey from the photos! In my opinion, this fell somewhere between a standard jersey knit and a sweatshirt knit. The speckles give it a really fun texture to run your hands over! I love the way it worked out for this Bella Top, but it would also make a really great lightweight sweatshirt in my opinion - something like a Grainline Linden or the new Megan Nielsen Jarrah would be a couple of great pattern options for this fabric!
The Bella Top is a functional wrap design with straps extending from the waist / neckline and feeding through an opening in the right side seam. If I were to make this top in a drapier knit in the future I think I would want to add some lightweight, knit interfacing to the straps to help them maintain their shape. Fortunately, this fabric was just sturdy enough that I don’t feel like the shape is lost, or that the ties look sloppy as they wrap around the waist - even after a full day’s wear!
The big bell sleeves are certainly one of my favorite details of this top! I have always been drawn to design features that are inspired by the 70’s, and these big old sleeves definitely fall into that category! The fabric played a great role with these sleeves, too - again, a drapier fabric may have lost some of the detail, but this fabric does a great job of maintaining the full shape.
This top turned out to be a great addition to my wardrobe. I look cute and put together but I also feel super comfortable - and isn’t it every sewists dream to make a wardrobe of secret pajamas?? I’ve got a long torso, so the length of this top ends up almost at a cropped length on me. It hits right at the waist band of these low-ish rise jeans but also looks super cute with some high-waisted leggings. I could even play it up over a skirt or a dress for a different look!
Another huge bonus is that this pattern is very nursing accessible. Accessibility plays a major role in my clothing choices lately, and the things that are simultaneously cute, comfortable, and easy to feed my baby in are the things I’m reaching for regularly.
I’ve got the tiniest bit of this fabric leftover, and I’m thinking that it would make the cutest pair of baby joggers. I realized recently that I haven’t been taking advantage of all of the twinning baby girl and I could be doing right now, since she is too little to tell me no! This fabric would be perfect for some tiny little comfy pants. I’m even thinking of making myself some Hudson Pants in the charcoal colorway, as well as some pajamas for myself!
Grab yourself some of this fabric while it is still in stock! Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it!
XX Elizabeth @pinsandpinot
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