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Merchant & Mills Heron wrap top

Merchant & Mills Heron wrap top

This is the Heron wrap top from the Merchant & Mills Workbook, made in emerald green linen (which was an absolute bargain at Fabricland). It’s a little different from the sort of thing I normally wear but I feel rather sophisticated in it.

It’s a great shape and I particularly like the side splits. Construction was not too hard - the only thing I had a little difficulty with was the collar pivot bit. You have to cut into the corners and I think I perhaps made the slashes too short or too long as I couldn’t quite get things matching up well. If I make it again I might pin it and then cut. It still came together but didn’t look that neat - it’s hidden by the collar though so I’m not too concerned.

Side split

Side split

The pivot point of the collar looks a bit dodgy...

The pivot point of the collar looks a bit dodgy...

...but you can't see it when the collar's down.

...but you can't see it when the collar's down.

I continued the side seam up another inch so the kimono sleeves were a little less open and less likely to show a lot of bra.

Also, the ties were far too short, which I think I have seen mentioned in some other reviews. I initially thought I’d made a mistake and that they should have been cut on the fold, but I double checked the pattern and book and as far as I can tell they are indeed single pieces. I cut new ties on the fold anyway, so they were twice as long, and they were a much better length.

I even wonder if this is a pattern error? I think you’d have to be pretty slim for the intended length ties to fit, unless I’ve completely misunderstood the way you’re supposed to tie them.

This is the size 12, I think it fits fine. It also feels very secure - often wrap tops seem in imminent danger of unfolding themselves but this one stays put. You perhaps don’t have maximum arm mobility but it’s not restrictive - I think that’s just the nature of kimono sleeves.

If I make it again I would probably add an inch to the length - this length does look good but on me it’s only wearable with high-waisted trousers, otherwise there’s the old kidney-freezing hem / trouser gap.

I don’t know if I will make it again - I do really like it but not sure I need more than one. I am considering an open version without ties as a smart-ish summer cover-up, though.

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