A Wrap Top with a Twist

Pattern: NewLook 6620/R10091
Fabric: Linen/Rayon blend from Joann

Who doesn't love a good wrap top! I first saw this pattern when Inside the Hem did her New Look first impressions video (I think it was early Fall). I love watching Lindsey's first impression videos. She makes me think about the actual construction and fabric selection not just the pretty picture of the model! With this pattern she did indeed point out that the pattern illustrations, cover shot, line drawings, and fabric recommendations are slightly confusing. But I love a wrap top and the idea of a deep V back wrap was intriguing so I threw caution, and a few dollars, to the wind and went for it :)

In the end, Lindsey's sewing alarm bells were spot on, here are my thoughts on this pattern and how I made it work:

1)  Fabric recommendations: The pattern suggests light wovens as well as interlock, jersey and ity knits. I made mine in a linen/rayon blend and as you can see the finished top has a less drapey more crisp wrap. I think ideally this pattern is better suited for knits. Using a lightweight woven works but a knit would give a more body hugging drape.

2) Size: I chose a  size  medium based on the finished measurements. That size gave me about 3 1/2" of ease in the bust. My only initial modification was to add 1/2" to the bodice length. If you choose to make it in a knit, I think I would definitely size down.

3) Fit:  I didn't have a lot invested in this fabric so I decided to make a wearable muslin. After sewing the shoulders and side seams, I did an initial fitting. The neckline sat above my collar bone which was not flattering and I realized it really needed a forward shoulder adjustment. Knowing I wouldn't wear it as it was,  I took it apart, lowered the neck one inch and did a 3/8" forward shoulder adjustment (which I squeezed out of the seam allowance!).  

Overall this is a really simple sew and could easily be made in a few hours.  I really do love this top, the wrap in the back is unexpected and a little sexy. I think I will make it again in a black jersey, sizing down to a small.

Happy sewing!
XOXO Shannon


  1. I just made this top and the fit is awful. I used a lightweight woven. The neckline is choking me. Thank you for detailing your alterations. I will give it a try with a knit.


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