A Wrap Top with a Twist
Pattern: NewLook 6620/R10091
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.