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my wrap top

Added May 3, 2017

by kelerabeus

Beograd, Serbia






In the last photo you can see a gorgeous dress pattern I found in one of my vintage Burda magazines, from July 1974. It has an open back, beautiful flutter sleeves, a backwards wrap and, most importantly – it’s in my size! (a big thing with vintage magazine patterns, as they come in one or two sizes only) With vintage patterns you can never be sure about the fit so my plan was to whip up a quick muslin before cutting into a precious fabric I had in mind for this dress. Going through the leftover pieces in my stash I came across this lovely poly linen bland and I thought why not try and make my muslin into a wearable blouse? And that’s what I did.

I really believed this would be a quick and easy project! Oh dear.. was I wrong.
First thing I had to do is to lower the bust darts for whole 2,5cm – they were so high! Also, back sides were gaping and sliding off my shoulders so I sewed a bit of elastic along the edges of back opening to help keep them in place. It helped, but there were other problems still..
As much as I tried I couldn’t get back side to lay nice and flat, especially at the lower back area. Swayback adjustment would probably help with this (I often need one), although I have to figure out how to make one on these pattern pieces.
Also, it seems that back is pulling the front as the front of the top rides up a lot – I have to readjust it all the time! I’m not sure what’s causing this.. It might be because of the elastic that I added to the back opening, although it shouldn’t – it’s only lightly stretched, hardly strong enough to pull the front side up. There’s a chance that adding a skirt would fix this issue – after all, this is a dress pattern and I can see how the bodice might hang much better with the weight of the skirt pulling it down. Not to mention that I’m not even sure is this pattern designed for woven fabric in the first place! Instructions say nothing about the fabric recommendations (surprise surprise!), and while the dress in the magazine looks like it miiight be made in knit there ARE bust darts in the pattern so I guessed woven is ok too?

To sum this up, after all of this one thing is sure – I’m not in a hurry to start sewing this dress any time soon! I still love the design very much but I’m not in the mood to do all the extra work to ensure a good fit, at least not at the moment. I’m thinking about maybe using some tried&true pattern for the bodice (like #103 03/2011), tweak it a bit to get the same look and add the skirt and sleeves from the vintage pattern. It definitely sounds easier than trying to fix this one!

As for this blouse, despite all the troubles and fit issues I’m still calling it a success! First of all – it saved me from a huge amount of stress I would inevitably go through if I had decided to cut into a nice dress fabric right away. Also, the fabric I used was a leftover and flawed piece (can you see that left sleeve and back side of the peplum are different in colour than the rest?) and I was happy just to use it as a muslin for something – to squeeze a wearable garment out of it is a huge win!
As I mentioned, there’s this annoying issue with the front of the blouse riding up (I still have hopes that with some additional work I can fix it) but despite that I think it’s a very cute and wearable blouse. Also, it goes so well with so many separates form my closet (all made by me!) which is amazing, since I’m so bad when it comes to planning my sewing around my existing wardrobe :D
All in all, it’s a lucky accident of a blouse! And hopefully, one I’ll get to wear at least some :)

Material Notes

A poly linen bland with a flaw in a form of discolouration throughout the fabric. It’s a leftover piece from a dress I made a couple years ago and I was very happy to use it for something wearable!




Garment Type
Vintage, Romantic

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    May 28, 2017, 03.05 AMby hello Itsme

    Love it! Love the shapes, the lines, and fabrics, so retro and awesome! =D

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      Jun 7, 2017, 09.17 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! Happy to hear that :)

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    May 17, 2017, 01.19 PMby Stacyco

    Classy top. I also love the old editions of Burda. I find there many interesting models. Thank you for sharing!

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      Jun 7, 2017, 09.17 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, so glad you like it! I agree, so many beautiful (and surprisingly current!) designs can be found in old magazines. I always hope Burdastyle will start reprinting some of them :D

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    May 11, 2017, 11.39 PMby GULSEN GOKSEL


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    May 9, 2017, 07.09 AMby miinkaa

    It looks great. It caught my attention. It really looks vintage. I like old Burda magazines, I’m happy that my mum was subscribed to Burda when I was young. I like that you have a colourful wardrobe.

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      Jun 7, 2017, 09.14 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you very much! It’s so awesome that your mom was subscribed to Burda, lucky you! I’m always happy when I come across one of these vintage issues, such a score.

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    May 6, 2017, 06.47 PMby katanarose

    I think that you did a great job and the stripes are really flattering. As for the back gaping/front riding up problem, I think that it’s the photography of the original that’s misleading you.

    The shoulder portions of the dress should be wider than you made them and sit 1.5"-2" closer to your neck, this will help them lay better on your back because of where they cut across your shoulder blades in the back and therefore also not ride up as much. Adding the full skirt will help with this, but not enough. In the front view photo, the model has the dress askew to her left to make the neckline look wider but it’s actually bunched against her neck on the right udner her hat/hair. Also, in the back view of the photo, she has her arms down and crossed in front, arching her back to make the dress look more revealing than it would be if just standing naturally. Hope that helps.

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      Jun 7, 2017, 09.12 PMby kelerabeus

      Thank you, that does make a lot of sense! The instructions are so basic and obscure, I can’t even tell what type of fabric is designed for let alone any other fit details! I do like this design quite a lot though, so I think it’s worth the trouble fiddling with the fit in order to get the right look. Just not right now :D

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    May 4, 2017, 02.34 PMby gwenstella

    Ooooh I love the end product! Sounds like all the trouble was worth it! Love the way you have also styled it different in the photos. Such a versatile top. xx Gwen

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      May 5, 2017, 11.58 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you so much! I wasn’t even aware how many orange garments I have in my closet :D

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    May 4, 2017, 10.05 AMby Beccki

    I am in live with this blouse, despite all the issues you had making it i would say it is a beautiful success.

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      May 5, 2017, 11.57 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I have to wear it more to decide how I feel about the fit and riding issues, but I definitely love the style!

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    May 4, 2017, 05.45 AMby Maria Hayek

    It is indeed a cute blouse :) It will be a really pretty dress once you make up your mind :)

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      May 5, 2017, 11.56 AMby kelerabeus

      Thank you! I hope I’ll make the dress one day too, it’s a really cute design.

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