I love all things that wrap; dresses, skirts, cardigans and tops! I’ve been looking for a good wrap top pattern for a while, with no luck. While Butterick 6825 was an easy sew, it was too cropped. I purchased Vogue 9315 with hopes it would be the one (as I loved View C), but before early reviews said it too was a cropped length so I returned it. I also own Simplicity 5555 and McCalls 6961, but I’ve yet to sew either one.
Then a few months ago Mimi G shared her version of New Look 6560 out of a white linen. She declared it a TNT pattern which was enough for me give it a try. I picked up this olive green stretch chino from Joann at the start of fall while all the spring fabrics were on sale. It’s still online and is also available in white, black, tan and tawny orange. The chino is has a slight stretch (97% cotton/3% lycra) and a slightly stiff hand. It would be great for anything with a structured silhouette. I was concerned that it may be too stiff for this shirt, but I decided it was similar to heavier blouse weight and went with it. In the end I think it worked well. So much so that I went back to Joann to pick up the white chino to make another one.
I cut and sewed a 14, but I overestimated the stretch. Next time I will sew a 16 or better yet lose a few pounds. I really hate that this project sat, cut out and ready to go, in my queue for months because I feel fall is here for good and I won’t have a chance to wear it. Thankfully, it came together quickly and aside of it being tight I love it.
My only complaint about this pattern is the terrible instructions. I felt certain steps were missing (for view C at least), the illustrations were lacking. For view C specifically they refer you back to two steps from view A&B on attaching the facing, but they are not the right steps. They also fail to mention the button closure for view C. I only glanced at the instruction initially because I hadn’t sewn in a while and just wanted to be sure. The good news is this top is fairly straight forward so the instructions aren’t truly need.
Pattern: New Look 6560
Pattern Description: These on-trend ruffle tie-waist shirts for Misses feature a real wrap design with sleeve variations. Can be made with or without a ruffle neckline, and pattern pieces are included to create the tie belt.
Sizing: 8-20 I sewed a 14
Fabric Used: Green Stretch Chino from Joann
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, albeit a little snug
Were the instructions easy to follow? No, they were poorly written. Thankfully it’s a straight forward sew.
Likes: wrap bodice, front yolk, gather shoulders
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None
Would I sew it again? Yes, I already have my white chino ready
Would I recommend it to others? Definitely
Conclusion: My favorite wrap top!