I decided to make both the wrap top and the culottes so I could wear them separately or together as a faux jumpsuit.
I made both of these from a gorgeous rayon that I won from Smuggler’s Daughter. This fabric is heavenly. It feels like washed silk and drapes beautifully. This was my first time ordering from Smugglers Daughter and I was very impressed with the quality. Since ordering this, I have also ordered one of her medium weight knits (more on that to come!) and I was equally impressed with that as well! This fabric was made for this outfit combination. They pair so beautifully together.
While I am pretty pleased with the final results, these two makes did not come without their struggles. For starters, I had this pattern in the larger range (it starts at 16) and I really probably needed to make a 14 with a FBA. In true Whitney fashion, I plugged along and the results were two garments that were two big. I did proceed with caution as I worked so I was able to fit and make alterations on the fly, but I probably should have tracked down the smaller size.
Let’s talk about the two patterns separately. The top is a loose wrap top with a split high low hem.
Once again, because I made a top that was too large, I had to tack the wrap in place to keep it modest. I also ended up adding armhole darts because the armholes were HUGE on me. I’m pretty sure a smaller size with a FBA would have fixed this issue, but my alterations worked and this will make a great layering shell. The wrap gives it more interest than just a plain camisole.
As with the top, the pants also ended up quite large. I was warned by a YouTube subscriber that these culottes ran large, so I did so quite a bit of fitting as I went along. The end result fits great. I did, however, have an issue with the hem. As is very common in hems that have any bias and are made in a drapey fabric, the hem fell dramatically on these. I was prepared for this and let the pants hang for a day or so before doing the hem. However, when I went to cut the hem straight again, I was not careful and did a horrible hack job. Have you ever tried to cut your bangs even and by the time you take a little of each side and then go back to even it out again, you’ve cut your bangs to your forehead? That's exactly what happened with these pants. While I don’t think the end length is bad, they were supposed to be a bit longer. Oh well!
They feature pleats in the front and inseam pockets. There is an invisible zip in the side seam and the top is finished with a yoke and facing as opposed to an actual waistband. There are also belt loops with beg for a cute accent belt!
These two items were definitely one of those projects where you fall completely out of love with both by the end. However, I persevered and after stepping away for a bit, I once again am in love with both pieces.
Stay tuned for the last 2 garments.