Friday, April 5, 2019

The Greenstyle Clara Wrap Top

Do you ever see styles that make you think "No way can I pull that off!" Well, I think that a lot, and I especially think that sometimes when I am in the middle of a pattern test. Over the past few years, I have made a point to continually challenge myself and sign up for tests and make garments just to see how they fit my style and make me feel. Sometimes, I am quite surprised by what I end up loving and what quickly falls to the back of my closet!

I recently tested the Clara Wrap Top by Greenstyle Creations, and I have to say, this style challenged me! As testing progressed, though, and pictures flooded into the testing group, I couldn't help but notice -  this top looked good on EVERYBODY. Every. single. body. It lands at just the right place and makes you feel tiny where you should and curvy where you should. It has a bust dart, which is rare in a knit garment.

It is kind of risqué for my normal mom life, but I could totally see myself wearing it on date night. After making one Clara, I knew that if I am really going to wear this top out in real life and feel comfortable, I would need an undershirt. This is where the Staple tank, which was blogged about here, was born.

My perfectionist self has to admit, though, I am not loving the way my bindings look on my finished top. I should have ripped them off and went with the final binding length in the pattern because mine were too short, and I see all the lines that point to it. My sewing time is precious (and quite limited these days too) so I said, "Let's go with it!" and wore it as is. I always wonder if anyone notices things like this anyways. Learn from my mistake. Don't stretch your binding too much! It is always easy to cut excess binding off than to have to stretch it a ton to fit and have puckering. 

I wore my top with my Pace skirt (above) and also wore it with a pair of Inspire tights (both were blogged about here)

Are you wondering how to get a perfectly cute little bow when you tie your top? I found this YouTube video soo helpful!! 

I used double brushed polyester for my Clara. You want to use a lighter weight knit fabric with really nice stretch. The pattern comes in short, 3/4, or long sleeves and is being sold as part of the Sew Fab bundle that releases today. It will be offered in that bundle until April 15. Beginning April 29th, it will be for sale on the Greenstyle website. 

  • My top is the Clara Wrap Top made in mauve double brushed polyester from Knitpop. You can read HERE about how to purchase it in the Greenstyle blog post about the bundle it is included in. 
  • My skort is the Greenstyle Pace Skirt made in stretch woven from The Fabric Fairy
  • My leggings are the Greenstyle Inspire Tights made an athletic knit I found at Wherehouse Fabrics. 
  • My smile is because God has been so good to me! 
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Disclosures: I received this pattern for free as part of the testing process to give the designer feedback about the instructions and fit of the pattern. This post also may contain affiliate links, which means I receive a small compensation when you purchase via my link. There is no cost to you.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.

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