It’s a Wrap top – free pattern

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top.  Video and free pattern.

I’ve had this pattern on my mind for a while now and at last, ‘It’s a Wrap!’

The Wrap Top is loosely based on the original Wrap Dress pattern that has been downloaded thousands of times and been the most popular pattern on the site so far.  This ‘It’s a Wrap’ top has taken some of the best elements of that dress and turned it into a blouse with a few variations that I think you’ll like.

Features:

  • Cross-over front bodice
  • Loose and casual sleeves with a little flutter
  • Pleats on one side to create soft draping across the front
  • Can help to hide a prominent tummy
  • Slightly shaped at the waist
  • Close fitting in the hips
  • Flattering look with no awkward ‘gaping’
  • Step by step photos and written instructions
  • Video tutorial too
  • Sizes from 32 to 44 inch bust

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

This has quickly become a wardrobe staple and I’ve been wearing this one everywhere.  It looks equally good in a print or in a solid.  The plain color helps to show off the pleats and gathers a little more, but the print looks fab too.   I can’t decide which is my favorite.

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Free pattern download

You can download the pattern and instructions for the Wrap Top from my design account at Craftsy.  It's a PDF file containing both instructions and pattern pieces all in the same file.  Enjoy!

Trouble downloading files?  Check out this article - How to Download and Print PDF Sewing Patterns

How to sew the Free Wrap Top Pattern

You can watch and copy me here in this video.  I’ve not talked a lot about sewing with stretch fabrics, assuming that if you’ve been following So Sew Easy for a while that you might have tried some of my patterns before, but if you need more help with that, there are tips and details in the downloadable instructions too.

 

See, that’s not too difficult and you can certainly make something with a nice fit.  Pick the right fabric and tell everyone you got this from a ‘nice’  store and they’ll never know you made this yourself for just a few dollars!  My fabric was only $5 a yard – that’s a bargain!

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

Step by Step Instructions

Materials needed:

Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

If you prefer written instructions, you can download these too.  The instructions include lots more details about sizing, tips for sewing with knits, fabric to use, how to print and put together the pattern, and of course sewing instructions – everything you need to know along with step by step photos as well.

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You can download the pattern and instructions for the Wrap Top from my design account at Craftsy.  It's a PDF file containing both instructions and pattern pieces all in the same file.  Enjoy!

Trouble downloading files?  Check out this article - How to Download and Print PDF Sewing Patterns

Enjoy sewing your wrap front top pattern, and do share your completed projects.  You can:

  • upload to Craftsy and link back to the original pattern
  • write a blog post and I’ll pin it to my ‘Your Sewing Creations‘ Board on Pinterest
  • send me a photo to share on the Facebook Page

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Love the way the pleats form the wrap front on this top. Video and free pattern.

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41 Responses to It’s a Wrap top – free pattern

  1. Esther says:

    Hello Mayra and Deby! Thank you so much for this pattern! I just finished making it and it fits beautifully! As you can tell, I’m super happy with this one. I made no changes to it at all. I cannot thank you enough.

  2. Debra says:

    I love the look of this top. Is it possible to increase the size of the pattern. I completed the wrap dress ans there was not enough coverage in the bust area.

  3. Bindu says:

    Is it possible to sew this pattern with Crepe or Satin or rayon fabric. If so any changes to the pattern need to be done. Its difficult to get knit fabrics near my place in my country.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      It is possible but you need to know how to fit a pattern to your size and have an understanding of “ease” in a garment, you will need to add a zipper to be able to get in and out the blouse. Hope this helps. We have a blouse designed for woven fabrics http://so-sew-easy.com/pleated-blouse/ and I will be releasing as the weeks go by more blouses for summer. Hope this helps.

  4. Valerie M says:

    I don’t have access to the stay knit tape. I am thinking of making my own from stitch witchery and a light weight no woven interfacing.

    • The best alternative would be to find some fusible tricot interfacing and then cut yourself some thin strips from the piece. This way its fusible and still has the sort of stretch you’ll need to use on stretchy fabrics.

  5. Anne Izard says:

    For those who are trying to achieve a little more modesty, Pamela’s Patterns has in her Unmentionable pattern, a triangular piece with ribbons or straps attached to the two top corners that wrap around your bra straps & suspend in the neck of your blouse. It can be made of scraps & fits in any neckline that is a little too revealing. That would be easy to draft & make in several colors for any top.

  6. Amber Burns says:

    Hi Deby. I am thinking of making this as a nursing top; do you think it will be suitable? – Just so I can figure out how many I will make and how much fabric I will need 😉

  7. Rachel says:

    My first ever wrap top is done. I had to do a fair amount of adjusting to the pattern because I am vertically challenged and the crossover was way too low on me. I just took out some of the length at the shoulder and a little at the waist… and Voila!
    My next challenge is a wrap dress…
    thanks for the pattern

  8. Alona says:

    should I add seam allowance or not? didn’t understands from the instructions.. 🙁

  9. Karen Falzon says:

    I made this top yesterday – it’s fantastic if you don’t look too closely at the sewing, I am a beginner! I followed the video instructions which were easy to do, starting and stopping when I needed to and finished it in 1 afternoon. I had very drapey fabric which I found hard to sew, next time I make it the fabric will be a little ” heavier”. I am also big busted and it fitted well, but I am going to put a stitch where the two fronts cross just to be on the safe side.! Thanks Deby, now to make something else in your fantastic list.
    Karen

  10. Tracey says:

    I have a similar long-sleeved top which is very flattering on all my parts. I am large busted and I use a piece to hide my cleavage also the fabric has a nice, multi-colored print which hides all my back flab. I love this pattern I can’t wait to make a million.

  11. Janine Evans says:

    I love this style of top. Have pinned it to make when the kids go back to school. Thanks for sharing.

  12. karine says:

    love it, see to be confortable to wear!

  13. Love it! (if only it came in super plus size :D)

  14. coyotewoman says:

    Thanks Deby… this is an exact duplicate of my favorite blouse. I’ve been thinking of copying forever. Love your blog.

  15. DonnaRae says:

    Awesome. Thank you so much!

  16. Pat says:

    Thanks for this pattern – looking forward to trying it.

  17. Beautiful top!!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your free pattern:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-its-a-wrap-top/2014/09/08/
    –Anne

  18. Doreen S says:

    Love the top! Thanks for sharing the pattern. Might give it a try but worried about “fat” mid section but heard wraps should help hid it (ha ha). Was afraid to buy a pattern and then not have it work.

  19. Lj says:

    Is the tape you use ‘on the bias’ or on the ‘straight’? I’ve found both.

    • Deby Coles says:

      For a knit garment like this, you should use a special stay tape designed for knits. It’s still cut on the straight of the grain, but stretches like a knit fabric would. If you don’t have that, then you could try with a bias cut tape, although I’ve never used it in this way, and I’ve a feeling that it might be too heavy.

  20. A very flattering top, Deby!!! I especially like the blue… really shows off the pleats.

  21. Anke says:

    I admired the wrap dress since a while, but as I am a full busted woman 😉 those kind of dresses always scream CLEAVAGE-ALARM! to me. Maybe I have to give it a try, when I find some cheap knit fabric, and then wear it with a top underneath or try to think about a way to incorporate a kind of “fake-top-part” to hide the cleavage. The waist is so flattering!

  22. Vanessa says:

    Thanks so much! Can’t wait to sew it up 🙂

  23. Jolien says:

    Oh, I like this one even better than the dress, thanks for sharing! <3

  24. Cindy says:

    Very cute! I just purchased lots of pretty knit fabric. I actually have fabric very similar to what you used to make this, the plain baby blue and the black and white print, as well. I will definitely be making this!

  25. Vicky says:

    You are amazing! I think it’s time to start sewing cloths instead of rag quilts!

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