Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tessuti Wrap Top

I'm naming this my Tessuti Wrap Top because the fabric was a gift from the very generous Colette at Tessuti Fabrics. I felt compelled to get this done while my hair is still pink so I could look completely matchy-matchy coordinated.



The pattern is BWOF 1-2008-116. It looks like a wrap top, but really it's a top that you have to put on over your head because of the built-in camisole panel in front. This makes it more secure to wear than a traditional wrap top.


I'm grateful to the many other bloggers and Pattern Reviewers out there who paved the way and provided plenty of helpful tips on this pattern so I didn't have to do much thinking while sewing this up. I had to add a seam to the front ties in order to lengthen them, and I used Sigrid's cutting layout in order to fit all the pattern pieces on the folded fabric (BWOF would have you cut it in a single layer and since the ties are on the bias it uses up a lot of fabric). I also followed Debbie's example and sewed each tie into a lengthwise tube so the wrong side of the fabric wouldn't show.



Colette included a cut of a coordinating pink knit that I thought would be perfect as the "cami" that peeks out from center front. To get this, I added a horizontal seam in the front pattern piece. I cut the solid pink for the top portion and the main fashion fabric print for the bottom, this is visible below the wrap ties.



I'm so pleased with how this turned out! And relieved that I didn't turn this awesome fabric into a wadder, as is always in the back of my mind when I'm working with special fabric. I wish you could reach out and feel it yourself, the cotton knit print is just heavenly. I'm looking forward to showing off this top at work this week.

Thanks again, Colette!

38 comments:

Sue said...

Love the top and the hair!

alanina said...

Wunderschön! Both, the top and the hair!

Best wishes,
Nina

Claudine said...

Great top. The print is beautiful and you picked a good style for it.

.x.Helen.x. said...

Cute top - and I love the hair!

LauraLo said...

It's such a great top and it goes indeed with your pink hair so well. I love how you pieced the "cami" underneath, very clever efect.

Maja said...

Great top! I love your hair!

Lori said...

Very cute top, the pink is perfect for the cami.

Adrienne said...

Cute top!!!!!

cidell said...

Beautiful fabric! I want pink hair now too. I love the color combo. Perfect use of the fabrics.

Amanda S. said...

This is really cute! I LOVE the cami sewn into the top in the contrasting pink.

Colette said...

Christina,

I can't tell you how excited I am!!!

To see you in one of our fabrics...what a thrill - truly.

The top is fabulous and soooo perfect for that knit - great effect with the co-ordinating cotton knit.

you look gorgeous, as always and I hope you have lots of fun wearing your lovely Tessuti Wrap Top.

thanks again

Colette

Sherril said...

It's simply adorable. How clever you are to alter the pattern for a coordinating cami look.

senaSews said...

What a beautiful top and what a nice fabric. Love it with your hair, awesome!

flanthrower said...

What a clever pattern. I really like the pink contrast part. For some reason I can't work with knit/jersey fabrics...almost everything I've tried has failed miserably.

Lindsay T said...

Thanks for the open shot of this top...I always wondered how the camisole part of this top worked. V. cute, especially with the coordinating hair!

Sheila said...

Cute top.

Stephanie said...

Great top. I love the print and the cut, it's very flattering and can be dressed up or down. Your hair is so cute!

Melissa said...

That is so cute! I love your idea to make the top half of the cami a different color, I might just have to do that too. I need to make another top because mine was pretty much a wadder with too short ties. Now that fall is officially here in "Rainville", I should get busy.

Nancy K said...

Wonderful! I love what you did with camisole. Great idea.

Dawn said...

I love this on you! The pink camisole is perfect with your hair.

loopylulu said...

Cute use of the fabric.

Caitlin said...

Great fabric- what a great gift! It all makes a nice color combo with your hair :)

ambika said...

The top looks amazing & so do you!

Leslie said...

I agree with Lindsay, the open shot unwrapped is very helpful. And how cute are you in that top!!!

melissa said...

ooh I just love it! It looks so comfortable and wearable. And the pink will be so welcome in the dreary depths of winter, and always remind you of your summer hair. :)

yaiAnn said...

Love your hair and the top! I need to eventually make one of these. I'm lacking in tops to wear to work. This would be just the thing!

Candace said...

That is a great top!

Sew4Fun said...

Love your top (and your hair)! You picked the perfect pattern for this fabric.

Sewfast said...

Gorgeous!!! You did a fabulous job on that! Love the hair! My daughter just got pink peek-a-boo highlights. One of her best friends is a hairdresser, so Sara is Abby's guinea pig!!! Mary

Columbia Lily said...

awesome. It looks absolutely great!

Vicki said...

Great! Thanks for the link also to Sigrid's layout. I missed that when I cut mine out but will use it if I make it again. You look very Pretty in Pink!

Katrin said...

The top is absolutely gorgeous. I love the way you treated the "cami".
Best regards,
Katrin

Tany said...

GORGEOUS!!! Love the new top and the Pink haier!! You look stunning!

Isabelle said...

Just fabulous. The top, and the hair!

colour by number said...

Very flattering top! Love the hair. So carefree.
I solely want to travel to Australia to meet Collette and visit Tessuti! I follow all the pattern reviews and try them all--great inspirations!

angie.a said...

Looks fabulous! I've had this one in the cue/queue for months. Your hair is darling too!

Paola said...

The top is gorgeous! And the hair is divine.
Barcelona is wonderful, When will to come to Gran Canaria ( Canary Islands, Spain)?????? We will have a coffee !

Tj said...

Ah that is so cool! I'm really struggling trying to make this top using the German version of the 1/2008 Burda (more than is usual for a Burda pattern). I've used Google translate but it all seems very strange/nonsensical. Does anyone have an english version photo/scan of the instructions they can put up somewhere for this? I would really, really appreciate that!