You know, I only sew things I think I will wear and like wearing. Most of the time I’m successful and happy with what I sew. Of course I have have sewing fails. Pieces that don’t fit right, the color or print is isn’t working, or the fabric isn’t right for the pattern. Every once in a while I sew something that turns out better than I imagined. Like all the stars have aligned.

Boardwalk Wrap Top by New Horizons Designs with Hazelnut Handmade

This Boardwalk Wrap Top is one of those times. I haven’t felt so good in something for a long time. Even when I made my color blocked Deer Creek Dress (which I love and wear all the time) doesn’t compare. The Deer Creek dress makes me feel cute. But this top…sigh.

Boardwalk Wrap Top by New Horizons Designs with Hazelnut Handmade

I love the color and fabric and the top hits me in all the right places. Honestly-I can’t remember the last time I wore something this fitted and did not feel self conscious about my mid section. I feel drop dead GORGEOUS!! As I type that it sounds so conceited, yet it’s true! And it feels good to wear something and think in my head, “I look good! I’ve got shape! I don’t need to hide anything because I’m AMAZING.” We all need some clothes that make us want to strut a little, right?

Boardwalk Wrap Top by New Horizons Designs with Hazelnut Handmade

This was my first time sewing with rayon challis and while it was certainly trickier than quilting cotton or poplin, I made it through. Getting it laid out smooth and straight so I could cut the pieces was harder than the actual sewing. But that smooth lightweight drape makes all that extra care worth it! I’ve worn this Boardwalk Wrap Top twice already and felt so comfortable it never crossed my mind to change out of it until bedtime. This mauve challis is from Raspberry Creek fabrics. It’s currently out of stock, but they have other solids in stock to pick from. Plus, they recently starting printing their designs on challis! I’m anxiously waiting their spring line. Maybe they will have a print on challis perfect for a dress…

Boardwalk Wrap Top by New Horizons Designs with Hazelnut Handmade

Okay-I recognize this Boardwalk Warp Top isn’t perfect–the fit could use a bit more tweaking–but my goodness it’s close! I widened the shoulders 5/8 inches on each side, shortened the bodice 5/8 inch and cut 11 inches off the tunic length for this version. And then I added a hook and eye at the neckline where the two sides cross. I didn’t want to worry about my neckline creeping lower throughout the day as I moved around and the fabric relaxed. Next time I probably need to take out 1/2 inch above my bust so the dart is a little higher. But I’m total wearing it as it is!

Boardwalk Wrap Top by New Horizons Designs with Hazelnut Handmade

I’ll definitely sew up this pattern again. I might have enough of this fabric left over to squeeze out a Boardwalk Warp Dress for one of my girls. But after seeing how flattering it is I really want to sew a white version for myself to wear during family reunion pictures at the beach this summer. What length should I go for? Midi or Maxi? And then what should I make for my girls to wear? Tops? Dresses? They will probably need to be white as well to match what the whole big fam is doing. I’m up for some styling advice!

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