As I always strive to make my creations as sustainable and ecofriendly as possible, this wrap was perfect as its boxy, drapey design left very little waste of my fabric. I used a taupe bamboo rayon knit fabric with little polka dots that you can find at Hart's Fabric. I love this fabric so much I bought all the colors- yes, ALL the colors. My favorite is the royal blue, but I decided to go with this color for my wrap, because I felt it would be more versatile as a layering piece. And nothing says smart sustainable sewing like versatility!
The bamboo fabric was pretty easy to work with for a knit, but I did have to use this trick from the Sewing Rabbit to stabilize as I was sewing a few small things on my regular sewing machine, as opposed to when I was serging.
As for the pattern... As a few of us testers found out, the armhole openings were far too big, 3" so, as compared to the armhole band. Justine Marie will be fixing this problem tout suite before re-releasing the pattern for sale to the public, so don't let this deter you! For those who may already have the pattern, perhaps from being a MeSewCrazy/SewingRabbit pattern member or have already purchased from Justine, I have a few pointers to work around this.
I ended up just forcing all of the extra towards the shoulder seam and made small gathers. You can see a few small ones in the picture above, but I felt that the shoulder tab hid most of it and what you do see looks like an intentional design feature. Other options would be: 1. lengthen the armhold band by 3" 2. Move your armhole notches on the bodice up by 1.5" (It will take half out of both sides of the armhole, thus removing 3").
**Update on the armholes: Justine has fixed the pattern issue! I knew she'd be on top of it in a jiffy!
My only other suggestion on the pattern is one to conserve trees and time, both of which are invaluable to me. Print only pages 19-34. The rest all create rectangles, which you can just as easily draw out yourself onto your fabric when you cut. See her cutting layout to make sure you get the grainright, but also, the grainline is parallel to the longest measurement in all of these. You will need 2 of all of the following measurements:
Armhole band - This will need notches on the long sides, half way, on both sides. (That's where you match it up with the shoulder seam.) Plus, this will need to be folded in half down the length measurement, so just take note of that for when she reaches that point in the instructions.
- XS - 4 1/8" x 16"
- S - 4 1/8" x 17"
- M - 4 1/8" x 18 1/4"
- L - 4 1/8" x 19 3/8"
- XL - 4 1/8" x 20 1/2"
Shawl, Neck and Front Binding - will also be folded in half down the length
*Using 10" instead of 9 7/8" probably won't make any visual difference.
- XS - 9 7/8" x 32 1/4"
- S - 9 7/8" x 33 1/8"
- M - 9 7/8" x 34 1/8"
- L - 9 7/8" x 35"
- XL - 9 7/8" x 36"
- All sizes - 2 " x 5"
I'm thrilled about how this turned out and can't wait to make another one!!
Thanks to Justine for letting EcoArmoire be apart of this pattern tour and looking forward to the next one I can join.