Completed: The Pavlova Wrap Top

25 Mar

Well, you guys. I done goofed. I put this outfit together in hopes of the emerging spring – and oh, it is indeed emerging… so much that Landon had to mow the freakin front yard a couple weekends ago because it was sooo lush and green and, like, springy – but today is heartbreakingly gray, freezing, and the windiest of windys. I don’t know why this didn’t occur to me before I left the house this morning, but a giant circle skirt is NOT appropriate for this kind of wind. I managed to learn this lesson immediately after I flashed everyone on West End Avenue. Hope someone out there was nurturing a stockings fetish! Ahhh!

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

Anyway, I think this skirt fabric is a pretty amazing floral for the weird transitional months – it has those pretty, bright, springy flowers, but they’re smashed up against a black background so it’s still a little srs bsnss. And it looks great with black tights (I always get all weird about what color tights to wear with my spring dresses, ok!). I got it at the flea market last year and I’ve been hoarding it ever since.

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

I originally cut this skirt out a couple of months ago, during an afternoon sewing date with my boo Lauren W. My fabric was large enough for me to cut a full circle, but hers wasn’t, and I wanted to be a good friend (and also get an idea of wtf I was doing before ripping into her fabric), so we pieced the pattern out so it has 4 skirt pieces, and then added pockets. You can’t see my skirt seams because my fabric is so robust and floofy, but trust me, they’re there.
Anyway, the sewing-date ended with a fully seamed skirt with pockets, and then it sat in my sewing room for… well, until last Friday. Lauren has been making progress on her own skirt at home (aw yay!!) so I decided to finish mine up, so I could wear it with my new wrap top. Don’t they match so well?! Like it was ~meant to be.

You probably guessed that the skirt is not the Pavlova circle skirt – it’s just my standard, self-drafted circle skirt pattern. It’s like a sneaky Pavlova, since it was cut into 4 pieces. Also, it’s not hemmed with anything but a very simple narrow hem. The fabric has a lot of body, so it stands up pretty well on it’s own. Which is great, because I don’t have any horsehair braid right now πŸ˜›

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

Anyway, let’s talk about the top! This is the wrap from the Pavlova pattern. I’m not even going to lie, I was a liiiiiittle apprehensive about sewing this pattern – something about that lapped seam on the neckline, not to mention the shoulder darts, looked intimidating! I really shouldn’t have worried, though – Steph has an incredible way of relaying instructions that makes them sooo easy to understand. The only problems I had with making this top was my topstitching – and I fault that to my fabric and lack of fusible hem tape to keep shit in place. I sewed a size 30 and made no alterations to the pattern.

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

My fabric is from NY – I bought it at Fabrics For Less. This was my very short, very solo return to the Garment District on Monday afternoon. Yes, after 2 full days in that madhouse, I WENT BACK. And I bought more fabric. Honestly, I was very upset about the lack of knits in my suitcase, so I got this mint cotton jersey as well as a matching red, and also the french terry for my Avocado hoodie. What? Why are you looking at me like that?

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

I don’t know if this jersey was the very *best* choice for this top – you can see everrrrrry single little lump under there (fyi, the line across my chest is actually from the hem of the wrap top, not my bra. Just so we’re clear ;)), as it’s super drapey and tissue thin. I just love the color though, and it goes with a huge chunk of my wardrobe! Word of warning – this is a short top. The front barely clears my waistband (which comes above my navel), and all my pants are too low to wear with it. The back is nice and long, though, which is sweet.

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

Also, this is one hell of a twirly skirt.

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

I forgot to mention – I added a thin line of mint piping between the waistband and the skirt, using a perfectly matching bias tape I had in my stash. Yes! I love it when these things work out!

Pavlova Top/Circle Skirt

Soooo… what’s next? Do I need plead a special case to the Sun God or what??


47 Responses to “Completed: The Pavlova Wrap Top”

  1. Tasha @ By gum, by golly! March 25, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    So this time last year was when we bought our house and we had to buy a lawn mower immediately and mow like 6″ of lush grass. Whereas right now it’s a cold, damp, dreary wasteland. Ugh.

    But onto more important things… love this outfit, they look great together! That minty Pavlova is such a great color. And the piping is a magical addition on the skirt. I feel like I’m seeing awesome use of piping everywhere and I need to get in on the game!

  2. Sarah W. March 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    It’s too cold! Cute outfit!

  3. Cheryl Fontenot March 25, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    So cute! Don’t you just love the mint green for this season?! Must have some things that color, pronto! Great job on the outfit, as usual πŸ™‚

  4. Megan D March 25, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    nice! i’ve been wanting to get the pavlova pattern, but i really want a wrap top for layering over tanks. do you think the pavlova would work for that, or know of any other patterns that would be better as a layering piece (in knit fabric)?

    • LLADYBIRD March 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      I think the Pavlova would layer fine, although I can’t speak from experience (not yet, anyway!). I know the Coppelia is really good for that; I always wear my black one over a black tank top as the fabric is a little on the sheer side πŸ™‚

      • Megan D March 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

        Thanks! I’ll check it out.

  5. strugglesome March 25, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I love this, and I’m sorry about the weather. It’s flipping SNOWING in Philadelphia and freezing in New York so I don’t even know about this nonsense, but this outfit is just adorable!

  6. Colleen March 25, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    I LOVE this outfit on you. With black tights. I keep thinking of things to make for the spring but my legs are over 50, don’t look good without tights, so I have the same tight problem. What’s a girl (vaguely) to do? Wear WHITE TIGHTS?????

    I tried to work outside and put a ton of layers on but it’s so cold here in North Carolina today it’s like North Dakota.

    Some spring. But, you look perfect for a blowy, windy, wintry March day!

  7. Red Point Tailor March 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    Great spring outfit! And the Pavlova top combined wonderful with the skirt! You look so lovely – sping and summer! πŸ™‚
    I have almost ready with my Pavlowa … I like this type of blouses.

  8. Lori March 25, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    That is a great skirt for winter, spring or summer (fall, too.) I like the piping, too, nice touch. Great top, too, wonderful color.

  9. Titi March 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    I want to know the flea market you go to in Nashville

    • LLADYBIRD March 25, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

      The big one at the State Fairgrounds πŸ™‚

  10. Bec March 25, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    Love it, the skirt is awesome..looks like stiffer material from the way it sits:)

  11. kristiellkay March 25, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    Quick question: do you make your circle skirt linings full circles, too? I’ve only made one circle skirt so far, and I basically just made 2, one as shell, one as lining. I think it gave a lot of body, but I want to give the horsehair braid a go for next time, and don’t know if I really want a full-on petticoat effect…

    • LLADYBIRD March 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      I do, because I feel like a narrower lining negates the whole twirlyness of a circle skirt (and a gathered lining would be bulky at the top). When I’ve lined a circle skirt, I use Bemberg rayon so it doesn’t give too much body, just makes it slinky so I can wear tights πŸ™‚

  12. kazzthespazz March 25, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    …and who doesn’t love a hell of a twirly skirt? Spring ready already.

  13. Michelle March 25, 2013 at 4:57 pm #

    I think it’s a short top, because you’re supposed to wear it with skirts and dresses. You could totally rock it with other skirts (: Or high waisted shorts, if you have any.

  14. Ripple Dandelion March 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    What a pretty shape the two pieces make together! Lovely outfit.

    On the circle-skirt-circle-lining question, one thing to consider is whether you want to be covered when twirling (if, for example, you plan on going square dancing). In that case, a straight or a-line lining can do the job.

  15. Philippa March 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    A really pretty springtime outfit. The colour of the top is gorgeous. Also get you about black background on the florals! However can’t sympathise too much on weather front – still have snow in England!! 😦

  16. StephC March 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    This looks great, Lauren! I love what you did with the Pavlova, even if you do find the jersey is a bit thin. πŸ™‚ I made a visual reference for lengthening the Top (hope linking is ok): And you can see many, many longer fronted Pavlovas in the sewalong flickr group. If links not ok let me know/remove, but I thought I’d mention it. For science. πŸ™‚

    Beee yoo tiful!

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2013 at 8:32 am #

      Girl, you know you can always link up here. Science is much celebrated πŸ™‚ Thanks for the references!!

  17. sewamysew March 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I wasn’t sure about this top going by the images I’ve seen so far with the wraps going OVER the boobies instead of under like you’re doing here (does that make sense??) If it works either way I think I’ll give it a go.

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Yep, you can wrap it either way – over gives more coverage, under is a little ~sexier. Although both have magical no-gape benefits πŸ˜‰

  18. gingermakes March 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Cuuuuuuuuuuute! These are both so adorable separately, but even cuter together! Way to go!

  19. Megan March 25, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I was undecided about that patten but I love the top on you! Very ballet dancer-esque, if that’s a word.

  20. Bron March 26, 2013 at 3:37 am #

    While both look fabulous I am actually responding to this post to say a very big thank you. I have just finished my first pair of Thurlow’s and can honestly say I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. As a beginner sewer I found the pattern instructions too vague but thanks to your sewalong I am now the proud owner of trousers which fit perfectly – I am already planning my next pair! I really appreciate your help!

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2013 at 8:33 am #

      Ah, that’s so awesome!! I’m glad I could help πŸ˜€

  21. Scruffy badger March 26, 2013 at 4:36 am #

    Lauren, you always do it! There I was on course thinking I knew what I was going to sew next, then you come along, with patterns I’ve already got, and knock me sideways by your super cute versions. Back to the drawing board….what really is my priority ( after my denim Thurlows – yeah, they are at waistband stage, way to go!)
    Love the fabrics you’ve used, and you’re right, black background floral covers a number of seasons… Even if spring isn’t here for us either

    • LLADYBIRD March 26, 2013 at 8:34 am #

      Ooooh, denim Thurlows! I can’t wait to see them!!

      I think we both really influence each other’s sewing queue… I, for one, already went out and bought that Robson pattern….

  22. Helen March 26, 2013 at 4:51 am #

    I LOVE this skirt. Beautiful fabric! And tht piping is such a nice detail. And the colours against a black background really work with your tights like you say (I also have that black tights in spring/summer issue).

    The top is lovely too!

    If you are talking to the Sun God, please have a word about the UK too! πŸ™‚

  23. sallie March 26, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    I’m pretty sure the Sun God will be sending you his lovely warm rays pretty soon in that springy get-up! You are, indeed, the essence of spring! Just lovely! I love how ‘pretty ballerina’ this top is. And pairing it with the circle skirt is a great move, you look so twirly!

  24. Jessica March 26, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Great wrap top! I’ll be checking out the pattern. πŸ™‚

  25. Kelly March 26, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    This is one of the greatest outfits ever! Those pieces are perfect together. I really love your skirt, the print is perfect and looks versatile for a floral.

  26. Helena undir VarΓ°a March 26, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Love your skirt and top, love your blog as well:-)

  27. Debi March 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Love, love, love!! Girl, your sewing projects rock!

  28. Heather March 26, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Oooo, I just finished one of these myself! I chose a floral print for my top, but I really like the solids people have going on, and the thin fabric probably helps reduce bulk around the waist like crazy. I love both your top and the skirt, such a fun spring look!

  29. Kimmie March 27, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Who on west end isn’t nurturing a stocking fetish?

  30. Jo March 28, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Pretty! I love how well it matches the skirt πŸ™‚

  31. missjoiedevivre March 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    These fabrics aren’t ones I would have thought to team together but they look exquisite together! Yet another mental note to self that I can attribute to you. They’re both a really lovely silhouette on you too, the whole combo is beautiful.

  32. puu March 31, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    i love to see how it compares to the copelia cardi – and i love the way you did that outfit. πŸ™‚

  33. Max April 14, 2013 at 5:18 am #

    Amazing outfit! That skirt *heart eyes*

  34. Joolz May 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Love the top!


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