A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a pattern test for Schultz Apparel for a wrap top called Ottilia. You can find the pattern here.
This is a wrap top with a puffy sleeve and it is awesome. The pattern was pretty easy. it took me only a few hours to completely finish it.
The front and back pieces have darts for shaping which is wonderful especially for curvier girls like me because then you aren’t always worried about the front popping open to show all of your assets.
The ties are long enough to tie a bow which is nice but not necessary.
You can see that I made this top to match a skirt so when worn together it looks like a dress. The skirt is a gathered skirt, with pockets of course, with a 3 inch wide waist band. I do love a wide waist band and it really helps make this outfit look like a one piece dress.
It looks just as beautiful with a different skirt though. If you are someone, unlike me, who likes to wear pants periodically you might be most comfortable with a pair that has a higher waist if you prefer to be covered and not let your middle section peak out. Some of the other testers like that tiny gap though. you can see what the other testers chose to do on the Schultz Apparel Instagram post here.
The fabric I used was some fabric I won from Gretchen Hirsch. I was super excited because it was a fabric I wanted but that wasn’t available to purchase in the US. I feel a tiny bit guilty that I didn’t use it to make one of her dresses though.
I am in the midst of another pattern test right now but it’s a secret. I’ll show you when I can, I promise.