Time for a quick post on one of my new favorite patterns- a perfect top for Summer! This is the Calvin Wrap Top by True Bias in this lovely navy Linen. I love how elegant this top is- it really elevates a simple silhouette.
I’ve used this Monaco Linen from Stonemountain & Daughter in the past for my embroidery and love the weight, texture and sheen. It’s nice and opaque and well I like it best freshly pressed, I don’t mind the inevitable wrinkles. I’m wearing the top here with my much modified Tula Pants in a Lady McElroy Cruise washed Linen.
The Calvin is relatively easy to sew with really detailed and thorough instructions. I do like the bra strap hardware- makes fitting easy, especially on your first go at the pattern. I used a gold set I had in my stash from bra making and really love the look of the rose gold with the navy.
The only tricky bits were applying all that bias binding. I’m used to using bias so not a big deal. I really like the buttonhole opening for the ties and the hand-sewn loop. Nice quality finishes. I did add some extra length to my ties- Just to make sure they were the length I wanted and then trimmed them. I may measure my straps for my next version to skip the bra closures. We’ll see.
I think you can see from the picture above that this is a bit large on me in the bust. True Bias drafts for a C cup and I’m a B. I’m planning on making the dress version after I get back from my vacation and may try a small bust adjustment. I’m going to put it through the dryer and see if I can get it to shrink up a tiny bit more. Only downside to that is the fabric will lose a bit of it’s sheen. I usually air dry my nicer linen for that reason.
All the Sewing Product Details:
Pattern: Calvin Wrap Top
The Calvin pattern is a wrap dress and top with exposed bias binding that extends into long ties to form a bow closure. It has rings and sliders which create adjustable shoulder straps for an easy fit. View A is a short top that hits approximately two inches below the natural waist. View B is a straight dress that hits at mid calf.
I made View A- Size 8
Fabric: Monaco Linen – Navy
This light-midweight linen has a beautifully soft hand and drape. It’s perfect for blouses, dresses, skirts, light jackets, and more. This fabric coordinates with our popular medium-heavyweight Nevada Linen.
- Content: 100% linen
- Width: 60″
- Weight: 3.83 oz per square yard / 130 GSM
- Country of Origin: Manufacturer produces in both Ireland and Poland.
I’m planning on making a toile since I’ll need to grade out a bit for the hips based on my measurements. I want to make sure it fits really well before I cut into my Marimekko deadstock fabric. You can read more about my plans for sewing up that make in my Summer 2023 Wardrobe Sewing Plans Post.
That’s it for today! I’m sewing up a storm as I get ready for our Girl’s Trip at the end of the month! We’re headed up to NYC- then on to Palm Springs- and then to LA for my sister’s photography workshop. We’re staying at the Trixie Motel and going to see Barbie- so I’m feeling all the 60’s & 70’s vibes!
I’ll be talking all about my July sewing plans for our trip in my next YT video-so stay tuned!
Until next time, Happy Sewing!