On Monday, February 1st, I’m going to kick off a little sewing miniseries on my blog! I came up with the idea out of the blue, because I have a sewing pattern I’ve been totally obsessing over for the last month and a half (if you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed!). I’ve sewn up 4 different versions (hopefully a 5th by the end of next week) and worked out two big pattern hacks/modifications, and thought hey, why don’t I spread the love out over a week of posts?
It all started with Butterick B6285, a “patterns by Gertie” (Gretchen Hirsch) Butterick pattern for a wrap top. She announced on her blog back in November that she was going to do a sew-along for it, and a few posts in, I became enchanted.
You see, I had completely overlooked this pattern when it was released! I think because it was sewn in a busy print on the pattern envelope, and that made me have a hard time “seeing” it:
Source: compiled from Butterick B6285 pattern art, copyright The McCall Pattern Co.
The patterned fabric threw me off, as did the long ties in a bow at the front, even though it wasn’t that long in the envelope artwork, and there was a line drawing to boot. For whatever reason, none of it grabbed me at the time it was released. (Which is kind of hilarious to me now as I embark on a week singing its praises and I’m already planning many more versions.)
But it all changed when I saw Gertie’s gray version on her blog on one of her inspiration posts during her sew-along where she knotted the ties in the back:
Source: Gertie’s wrap top sew-along, copyright Gretchen Hirsch
Boom. This was the game changer! (And a reason to love sewing blogs for inspiration!) It was at that point that I saw the potential for it to be a serious wardrobe staple for me, but with one major change: that tied-in-the-back photo planted a seed in my head… because what I kind of most wanted was a top that didn’t wrap around with ties at all, but actually tucked in. A stretch knit, vintage-inspired surplice top!
But first, I would need to make up the pattern like originally written, although I did make one personal alteration and drastically shortened the length of the ties (I’ll talk about that next week, too). Then I spent a couple of versions hacking away at my surplice-top idea. And then, because myself and others who sewed the original wrap top found we wanted it just a biiiit longer since it’s truly waist-length (but it’s more complicated to add length thank you think), I worked out a way to lengthen the bodice of the wrap top, too, which ended up giving me an idea to better my surplice-top hack.
So it’s just been a rolling wrap/surplice top snowball of love lately around my sewing area!
Here’s what I’ll be sharing next week:
- Monday, February 1st – outfit post: my wrap top versions
- Tuesday, February 2nd – outfit post: my surplice top versions
- Wednesday, February 3rd – tutorial: lengthening the bodice on the original wrap top
- Thursday, February 4th – tutorial: turning the pattern into a surplice top pattern
- Friday, February 5th – wild card… I’m hoping to have a 3rd and finalized surplice top version sewn up to share! 😉
Stay tuned for more next week! Have a great weekend!
Oh fantastic! I fell in love with the pattern as soon as I saw it, but I was put off by the comments I’ve read about it being a bit short. I can’t wait to see your hacks next week!
Elena Knits says
I’m really looking forward to this since I have the pattern and the fabric but I wanted to lengthen it to be able to wear it also with pants. Your blog is always a treasure!
I am interested in seeing how you made the adjustments to this pattern. Looking forward to your posts.
These look so fantastic on you! I might need to copy cat!
Can’t wait to see your versions. I hated the pattern when I saw it in the rose print and was wowed by the grey version too. Looking forward to your feedback on the pattern!
Looks great!! I’m itching to try this top. Hard to find nice modest tops when your large chested..