The Pavlova Wrap Top has a rich backstory. Those of you who have been reading 3 Hours Past for a while may well remember my white whale obsession with Advance 7701 last year.
I noticed the vintage pattern when Handmade Jane in the UK made this smashing red version. I couldn’t find a copy of 7701 in any of my “usual” online haunts, even over the course of several weeks. I couldn’t even find a similar vintage pattern. It was so frustrating- the pattern was obviously simple (sleeves all in one with the front) but just outside of the ordinary. I didn’t think I could just draft it.
In desperation, I wrote to Jane and called “dibbsies” on her pattern if she ever decided to sell it. Jane didn’t want to sell, but she did lend me the pattern! That’s right- she trusted the fragile, hard-to-find old pattern to the tender mercies of the international postal system during the Christmas rush. I took that trust seriously and was quite careful with the pattern when it arrived.
“wingspan” of the ties on one of the earlier jersey versions of this top. The back tucks into your clothes to keep your shirt in place and to cover up those muffins! I love this feature and left it in the Pavlova Wrap Top Pattern!
As is my habit, once I had my mitts on 7701 I started “translating” it to use with knits. I don’t have a thing against wovens, but at the time I was translating anything I could get my hands on, to see what would happen. I have this idea that knits (in addition to being super comfy and easy to wash) read as “clothes” to most people who don’t sew. Knits blend into the surroundings. Don’t get me wrong- I like to stand out, but if I’m wearing a knit then I feel freer to play around with fun cuts and bright colors- especially for casual wear.
7701 translated to knits was so much fun to make and wear, I made a pdf downloadable pattern for Craftsy from my drafts. It came in one size, and the linework and scaling was ugly ugly ugly. I cringe now, thinking about it. In fact, if you’re reading this and you bought the Kimono Wrap Top from Craftsy and you haven’t had an email from me let me know!
Despite its flaws, the Kimono Wrap Top was popular. I pulled the pattern from my online shop once I decided to make the top into a proper multi-sized pattern. From my obsession with the cut after reading a friend’s sewing blog to Cake Patterns second release, I thought it’d be interesting to compare the features of the three patterns:
7701- Vintage pattern. Woven fabric. Center back seam, back darts, darts in the front side seam. Darted shoulder, sleeves cut all in one piece with the body. Back “muffin cover,” neck facing piece with lapped seam. One size.
Kimono Wrap Top- Modern downloadable pdf pattern. Jersey fabric. No darts- bust shaping provided through gentle easing in the side seam. Back seam for chevron effect. One size.
Pavlova Wrap Top– Modern paper sewing pattern and digital download. Jersey fabric. Minimalist seaming for quick construction. Gentle bust shaping through ease in the side seam. Comes in sizes 30-50″ bust, ties come in lengths suitable for those with 25″-50″ waists. Ends of sleeves are finished with Cake-standard knit binding.
You can see examples of other simple vintage wrap tops on my Pavlova Pinterest board.
The Pavlova Wrap Top retains the “muffin cover” and the lapped neck facing (because any other neck treatment is less pretty according to my experiments). It also features “Shorter” and “Longer” sleeve lengths- length of sleeve from neck is printed clearly on the pattern piece in metric and imperial (2.54cm to 1″)!
The Pavlova Wrap Top is a refinement of a modernization of a vintage pattern. If I could layer 7701 and Pavlova on top of one another, they would be two entirely different patterns. I’ve refined and refined the patternwork to be suitable for jerseys- tweaking a line here, removed a dart there, simplified where I could.
I think you’ll dig the end result. If you have any any questions about the Pavlova Wrap Top pattern, ask below and I’ll be right here to answer! If you’ve made a Kimono Wrap Top pattern or Advance 7701 and posted it to your blog or Pattern Review, don’t be shy! Link below in the comments so we can share inspiration!
The Pavlova Circus was a little slow over the weekend- I figure y’all are a bit busy, and it would be best to outline The Circus slowly and wait for us all to catch our breath. Now that it’s the last work-week of the year (for many), look out! If you’ve pre-ordered a Pavlova Wrap Top and Skirt pattern, keep your eye on your inbox for my link to a special gift:
She’s a paper play pattern- Esme, the Petit Four!
Earlier last week, I got the itch to make a rag doll for my little girl. It’s been a while, and I’ve always adored making silly little dollies. I started making them when I was not much older than Lila. I sent an email to Cake’s cover artist, Mikhaela, asking her to make me an Esme dolly face template. She sent me this back (which I later made into a jointed paper doll):
We kept happily and feverishly adding little details like fingernails and a bracelet- working like a pair of Xmas elves! We couldn’t help ourselves and kept pinging ideas back and forth in realtime, I hadn’t realized what fun it would be to work with professional artists (duuuuuh). This weekend, I sat down and formatted all our little pieces into a Paper Play template for you to print out and enjoy. I will use this template for all the Petit Four Dolly play during the Circus and post my progress/construction shots to the sewingcake site.
Usually I start messing around with an idea here on the blog and then write about it and y’all let me know what you think. This time, I’m going to play with this little dolly template during the Pavlova Circus and you can play right along.
I don’t know what will come out of it, but I’m desperate to play around with some soft-doll making. I have piles of “hair” and beads and ooooh all the goodies I’ve been showing you the past several days… Stay tuned for “Esme Rag Doll” kit giveaways!
The Esme Petit Four Paper Play template is only available as a download to those who have pre-purchased a Pavlova Wrap Top and Skirt. I will send you an email with the link after your purchase. It’s my little Xmas present to you! After the Circus, the Petit Four Paper Play template will be available for purchase in its finalized version as a doll pattern on Craftsy.
The playtime will be found on sewingcake.com, with updates and tutorials what what I get up to with my Esme Petit Four template linked to the Esme Petit Four page. I’ll keep it light, keep it cute for a little holiday crafting with small (or big) people!