Hello!

As the world around us changes from one day to another I find myself drawn to my sewing as a way of coping and trying to stay sane. Hope all of you and your families and friends are healthy and safe.

This month I wanted to make a wrap top for which I did not need to add any extra closures so I the end I chose to make Simplicity 8791 using an abstract cotton and linen blend fabric.

Originally I wanted to make a mixture of view A (bottom) and view D (top). I made the normal changes I make for Simplicity patterns and shortened the bodice above the bust by  2.5 cm and made a toile. The finished blouse fitted O.K. every where apart from the bust. The dart point way higher than my bust. In the top I made later, I added back the 2.5 cm and the dart is in the original position. 

If you keep in mind that I am a shorty at only 1.57m or 5ft2 I wonder what was the standard they used for this pattern? So I advise you be extra careful if making this top and double check the position of the dart point on your body or consider removing the dart completely and add the fulness into the gathers in the front, it will probably be more flattering. 

For the ties I used a contrasting navy blue cotton just to add a bit of contrast to the pattern of the blouse. 

I left the length of the blouse as it was on the pattern (usually shorten the sleeves by about 5 cm) but in this case I wanted the sleeve to be longer on me and I skipped the vent that view D has (after making the toile I decided I like a normal sleeve without the vent).

As this blouse pattern is quite simple and does not have any special closures, it was easy to make and took very little time from start to finish. To make sure that the wrap covers my bust and I won’t end up flashing the public, I added a sew in press snap in the bust area to keep the wrap closed while I am wearing it.

And since I had enough fabric left, I managed to make myself a bag and a mini boxy bag to match my new top. The extra projects were fun to make. This means that there is a lot less fabric that gets wasted. 

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:  Simplicity K8791

Sizing:  H5  (6 to 14) and E5 (14 to 22)

Fabric:   1.5 m of abstract cotton and linen blend

Notions:  none required, but I used a press snap to make sure I save my modesty.

Modifications:  I cut a straight size 12, view D. But sewed the sleeve seam all the way down, without leaving an opening.

Instructions: As I do not use them I cannot really comment much on this as I tend only to check the seam allowance and glance at the diagrams.

Fit:  ok

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  Yes.

Watch out for:  the dart is way to high, even for me, so please check the dart point is in the right position on your body. With Simplicity patterns, usually, I have to raise the dart by 2.5 cm for the dart to fall in the right place. As I am only 1.57 m tall (5ft2) on this pattern I left it where it was and found it was too high still.

Make Again?:  Not sure, I might be making it again but I will either lower the dart by about 3 cm or as an alternate solution to this would be to consider removing the dart and moving the fulness into the front waist gathering, which would eliminate the need to lower the dart.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post. And please do share your makes on Instagram/Twitter by tagging @Minervadotcom and/or using the hashtag #MinervaMakes. I’d love to see what you create.

Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick