Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My name is Kate, and I'm a wrap-a-holic.

Hi, my name is Kate, and I am an addict. I am addicted to wrap tops, almost uncontrollably. I became addicted so long ago that I am not sure I even remember a time when I haven't been addicted. Ever since that first wrap, well, I have not been able to stop. I seek them out in dresses, skirts, and tops. I seek them out in knits, in cotton, in silk, and sometimes, when the urge is too strong, I even seek them out in synthetics! There is not a wrap out there that I wouldn't try. I have done things for wrap tops that I am not proud to admit. I have pawed through sale racks, disregarding the clothing that slipped to the floor as I tried to find my size in the chaos. I have driven across town to multiple stores in a vain attempt to find a wrap in my color and size. I have even - insert embarrassing pause - tried to squeeze into unflattering styles of wraps under the guise that a wrap is flexible, and fits everyone. But I haven't done that in a long time. All of these behaviors are a product of my addiction, and my addiction is rearing its wrap-loving head and calling for another wrap. "Feed me," it says, and I am almost powerless to resist the call of the wrap.

This beautiful 1930's wrap top is available on eBay right now, and I am jonesin' to buy it. Just look at the beautiful cream and green example, with the Art Deco geometry and the flattering neckline. But I am trying to restrain for many reasons. One, my husband is tired of me buying patterns, and I want to make him happy. Two, I have already sewn two wrap tops this year - a floral wrap and a pale yellow wrap - and I don't really need to sew another. But the urge to do it is so strong, I don't know if I can hold out.

While the siren call is strong, there is one major problem with this wrap, the sizing. It is the thing keeping me from feeding my addiction immediately. This is a size 20, bust 38. But me, I am a size 24, bust 46. So, the question is, how hard will it be to size this pattern up by about 10 inches total? It's only five pieces, so it couldn't be that difficult, could it? I mean, I want it, I really really want it. In fact I think I need it. The urge is taking over my good senses...

That's it, I am placing a bid.

3 comments:

Caity said...

How hard? Ummmmm... well how much work do you wanna do? It would be soooo worth it, though, this one is divine...

Xan said...

Do you want me to be completely enabling and send you a diagram of these pieces with the locations to slash and spread them?
There are quite a few moves to make...

Kate said...

Yes, PLEASE! Enable me. :)

So far I have only managed to find one pattern (the Butterly Sleeve Wrap) that I can sew without completely reinventing the entire pattern to accommodate for my size and shape. And truthfully the wrap could use a wrap specific full bust adjustment if I wanted perfection. am thinking that pattern alterations are a reality of my sewing future, so I might as well start with this AMAZING wrap pattern. I would LOVE your advice and a diagram! Keep it as simple as possible. Thank you.