Pick up any fashion magazine these days and you’re bound to find a wrap top on this season’s must-have list. The crossover style of wrap top is super-popular right now, and you can easily make your own version with McCall’s M6991.
Scroll down for a couple of tips for sewing this pattern. But first, some inspiration:
Sewing Tips for M6991:
VERY IMPORTANT: Choose a fabric that is the same on BOTH sides. The front pattern piece is a single pattern piece that is twisted. If you use a fabric with a right side and a wrong side then half of your bodice will show the wrong side. You can’t use a charmeuse, for example, with a shiny side and a matte side, unless you’re going for a half shiny, half matte look. Examine your fabric thoroughly in daylight and from all directions to make sure there’s not even a subtle difference in nap or sheen.
Fabrics that work well: crepe, georgette, jersey, washed silk, chiffon. Go for something with a gentle drape. If you dropped your fabric on the floor it should fall into a soft puddle.
Make a muslin first of just the front piece. We did our best with the instructions but when you have a large pattern piece that you have to do strange things to it—like twist it—it’s best to walk through it first with a muslin. Cheryl, one of our designers, said she struggled a little bit sewing her first version of this top, but that her subsequent versions went together in a flash. She recommends playing first with a muslin of the front pattern piece.
We include a fold-over self facing on the front pattern piece. If you’re an intermediate or advanced sewer who is used to making pattern modifications, you can eliminate the facing and use a narrow hem instead. Just make sure you add the hem allowance to the facing edge.
Omit the button if you plan on wearing this top over a cami.
You can also omit the yoke back facing if you want. Just clean-finish the seams using your preferred method.
If you don’t want the dropped back hem as we show in version B, then cut your pattern on the lines indicated for version A.
UPDATE: I just made View D of the pattern, the one with the shawl collar. FYI, it runs big! I could have gone down a size or two, though I think it looks good when it’s a little blousey.
I am currently sewing version D of this pattern, a wrap top with a shawl collar, but I want to make this crossover top too. What do you think of the crossover top style? Does it work for you?
I know, we technically still have a few more days of summer left. But once we get past Labor Day here in the US and all the kiddos go back to school, it feels like another summer streaked past us before we even knew it was here. Sigh.
To cheer us up, let’s look at some photos—a mashup of #mancandymonday and #throwbackthursday. In 1978 we traveled to Antigua to shoot these photos for Vogue Patterns Magazine. Love it. Scroll down for more photos.
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What do you think of the Ralph Rucci coat pattern (V1419) for a sewalong? There seems to be the most reader support for that pattern. If you want to sew a coat but not that particular pattern, check out a new Craftsy class that teaches you how to sew Vogue Patterns coat V9040.
Anyone going to the American Sewing Expo in September? We’ll be there in booth #420; please stop by and say hello!
We’re also sponsoring the Sewing Party on November 8. Read more about this cool sewing event here.
So glad you liked our Fall Collection video! Planning another one as we speak.
Have a great Labor Day weekend and here’s to a fantastic fall together!
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