I dropped some island spice on the Tory Wrap Coat by Montoya Mayo for my 3rd make to showcase the fabric prints up for grabs on the #bhmpd shop this year! For this look, I chose the navy background with purple flowers on basic combed cotton. Nateida’s favourite colour is purple so it’s no surprise to me that she designed this print. Funny enough, purple is definitely in my top 3 color picks as well! If you feel inspired and want to grab any of the fabrics from the shop, Nateida is offering a birthday discount from February 1st to 9th with the code: BIRTHDAY. Remember there are other #bhmpd goodies on there too and they are all LIMITED EDITION so they won’t be available after the challenge ends
I knew I wanted to go the dressy route for this fabric. My two previous looks were more on the casual side. The fabric surprised me for sure! When I read 100% cotton, I was expecting more of a quilting cotton type fabric. I was so wrong! It has lovely drape for garment sewing. Of course not as much as your rayon and crepe; this basic combed cotton has a lot more body! But it is softer, smoother and definitely drapes more than quilting cotton. Perfect for this wrap coat style that needs structure for the collar and drape for the circle skirt!
I didn’t make a coat! Who would have ever guessed? 🙂 I went for a peplum style top instead. February is usually one of our cooler months. This year, it is blazing hot! That definitely influenced my decision making. The Tory has 2 bodice options and 3 skirt styles to create 6 variations. The pattern includes belt loops, a sash and pockets.
- Sleeved bodice
- Sleeveless bodice
- View A has a shorter skirt
- View B has a medium length skirt
- View C is a long high low skirt
I chose to start with view A, the sleeveless bodice and shortest skirt. The pattern is offered in sizes XS-XXL. I made a mock up of size L based on the body measurements, though I was skeptical about it being too big after reading the finished measurements. I was right! Especially for the sleeveless bodice, the L was a gaping hot mess! I sized down to a M which was perfect fit! The only changes I made were length adjustments. I shortened the bodice 1.5″ (standard adjustment) and I shortened the skirt 5″ to achieve that hip length peplum style I wanted. The back is just a tad longer than the front so it gives a subtle high low effect.
The armholes are finished with bias binding. I had no matching bias binding and honestly was not in the mood to make any. I also didn’t have much scraps left. I used 2 yards to make this top and pretty much used all of it! I decided to go for some chocolate bias binding so it would blend in with my skin. I omitted the belt loops because I think this works as an open jacket as well. Having no belt loops allows me to wear it both ways. I personally don’t like to see belt loops with no belt. I would recommend thread loops instead if you choose to make a top style instead of a coat style. I just think it would look more dainty.
Now because it is meant to be a coat, the armholes are not the most fitted. They do open out slightly and so does the wrap over front with the absence of a closure. I will always style mine over a tank top so no worries! This top is perfect for that ‘nice top, jeans and heels’ type of outfit! Especially when you can’t find anything to wear! My black jeans really allowed the colours in the top to pop. For jewelry, I went with silver rhinestone hoops and a simple rhinestone pendant necklace.
I absolutely love the silhouette of this pattern. More structured and fitted up top and then a flowy circle skirt at the bottom, with a sash to pull in the waist. Construction was very simple and easy to follow. Montoya has a sew along on her Youtube Channel which was super helpful! Highly recommend this pattern. My one piece of advice is to play around with the sizing depending on what look you’re going for. Montoya is one of our sponsors for the challenge, and has graciously provided a coupon code to grab this pattern during the month of February! Thank you Montoya!