I’ve been sick with a sinus infection since last Friday. Today was the first day I was feeling myself. Stephen needed to run a work errand this afternoon(Koala Bushland Reserves), so Lila and I tagged along for a nature walk and a photoshoot in the forest.
This is the Pavlova Wrap Top made in the crinkled linen gauze I showed you a few weeks ago. It’s a woven fabric, not jersey as per the pattern. My measurements fall between 35 and 40, so I used a 35. I hear Cake Patterns is relatively generous with their wearing ease, so I went for the smaller size.
She’s tied at the back because I did not compensate for the woven fabric when I cut the tie. It does not prefer to stretch around my waist.
This is a fresh make, and it’s linen. Experience tells me the linen will relax over time, so it’s likely that eventually the ties will go round the front. I don’t mind either way, to be honest.
The 35 is a wee bit (2″) short for my waist length, which I can get away with in a jersey. I like this top and have worn it several times, but if I make this again in a woven I will lengthen the front.
I found the fabric surprisingly easy to cut and handle once I decided to ignore the texture. I just plopped down the pieces and cut.
The handling required a little finesse and fusible webbing, and when I overlocked the raw edges in Step 12 the fabric shrank from the cutting blade. Where the overlocking didn’t catch the edge, I simply made an old-fashioned double fold hem.
This fabric was an experiment, it’s just so different but I love it and had to play a little. The Pavlova Wrap Top can be made in a woven, though I’d recommend sticking to very soft or drapey ones. It needn’t be sheer, but I think a denser or crisper fabric won’t look right. This particular fabric will become very soft and drapey with wear.
I posted more photos and just the facts over at sewingcake.com.
The air is cool and soft, a light rain fell while we were out and it raised the fresh scent of damp trees.
What do you think? It’s unlike me to wear a sheer top, but I do like it and think I may play with that more later. After I make some nice camis! Do you wear sheer fabrics? What do you wear underneath?