Lovely wrap top that is a great transitional piece

A review of Vondel Wrap Top and Dress

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Reviewed by Anna Rose on 30th April, 2020

The Vondel wrap top lives up to it’s description as ‘…a feminine, easy-to-wear true wrap with a deep V neck and a long waist tie to close.” It was a pleasure to sew and is lovely to wear. The instructions were easy to follow, very clear, and concise. In addition, there’s 4 part sew-a-long with photos on the blog, plus a hack for a full length dress and an added button closure on the bodice. I made this top in a denim blue viscose linen blend. It suited this pattern really well. The French seams keep the fraying edges contained. I used my zipper foot in Step 9, finishing the neck, to get my stitch line on the bodice close to the yoke edge. I also found switching to the zipper foot when setting in the sleeves allowed my to have more control with easing in the sleeve head.

I made a few alterations. My measurements are HB 37.5 FB 40.5 W 34 H 43. I chose to sew a size 7 (39.25/33/43.25) and do an FBA (included in the instructions) and grade out to a size 8 at the hip, based on my previous experience with a HA pattern and my body shape, also due to linen’s tendency to relax while worn. As well, the size 7 yoke fit my shoulders better than the size 8 yoke. I also did a full bicep adjustment. The size 7 sleeve measured 13.5″ at the widest point, my bicep measures 14″, so I added 1.5″. I raised the tie position by 1″. I’ve worn the top a few times, and I’m satisfied with my alterations. I will add the snap at the front, as I found it gaps more than I’m comfortable with when I’m sitting.

I would definitely sew this again, and I would love to add embroidery or some type of embellishment on the yoke at the back and the front. I like the fit and the style of the Vondel. It has a nice shape without being too fitted or too boxy. Recommend!