The time has come for one more addition to the Samantha hacks series. Today I’m gonna show you how to turn the Samantha dress into a lovely faux wrap top. Ready?
This modification is perfect for those of you who don’t like wearing dresses very often. The faux wrap jersey top can easily be worn as a top or even as an outer layer over a camisole and it’s so quick and easy to make that you’ll want to whip up a few for the entire season.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-straight ruler, measuring tape, pen and scissors
-your basic dressmaking tools
Start by tracing off the pattern pieces for the Samantha bodice: the front and back and the neckline binding. Then, you’ll have to decide whether you want to lengthen the bodice a little bit, so that you have a longer top. The Samantha bodice is designed to hit at the natural waist, but because I personally prefer longer tops, I decided to add a few centimeters to my version.
As soon as you finish this adjustment, you are ready to sew. Follow the instructions in the pattern’s booklet and construct the entire bodice. Then, baste stitch the overlapping front to keep it from moving.
Next, measure the waistline all around and we are going to draft a pattern piece for the tie. Its dimensions are pretty much personal choice but you can use the tie belt included in the pattern pieces as a guide. To give you some guidance, the tie pattern piece will be 9 cm wide. Its length will be your waistline measurement + 44 cm (22 cm on each side, I will explain why below). Draft the pattern piece and cut it out of your fabric.
Fold the tie right sides together and mark 22 cm on each side. Then, sew with your usual 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance, starting from one end, pivoting at the corner and continuing up until the first 22 cm mark. Do the same for the opposite side, trim the corners to reduce bulk and turn the tie belt right side out.
The last step is to attach the tie belt to the bodice. Pin the tie belt all around the waistline with the raw edges matching as follows: at the point where the neckline binding ends, start pinning the tie from the first 22 cm mark, essentially leaving the stitched tie free. Pin all the layers all around the waistline. The second 22 cm mark should be matched to the neckline binding again. The whole point of this is that the stitched ties will be left free in the front, so that you can tie them into a bow and give the wrap effect to your top.
Give everything a good press, tie a pretty bow at one side and you are ready!
Disclaimer: To make my Samantha top I used this beautiful viscose jersey, very kindly gifted to me by Lamazi Fabrics. James and Liana stock an amazing selection of high quality jersey fabrics, so make sure you go and have a look at their shop to find fabric for your makes.