Despite the fact that I use the handle 'Ms. McCall' as my online sewing persona, I have almost stopped sewing McCall's patterns. It's been so long, I couldn't even remember what size I take in them, but I LOVED Aleah's version of this top, and was freshly inspired by Nakisha (though who can keep up with her!!). Then Aleah actually gave me the pattern so I had to make it up!
Most people reading this will know to basically ignore the body measurements on the envelope because of the amazing amounts of ease built in to the patterns. This pattern comes in the rogue S-M-L sizing with each size spanning 2 of the numbered sizes so there's the potential for the ease monster to be truly out of control. My waist and hips measure between the 14 and 16 on the envelope. The 14 is a M and the 16 is an L. Let's not even get in to the whole full/high bust thing, because that would likely be a 16-18. I should have looked at the finished garment measurements, but I took an even lazier route to choose a size, I just looked at what Aleah made and reasoned I'd be fine with the same size so I cut a straight size S (8-10). Oh yes, the ease monster is alive and well.
Most of the top is made from a rayon challis. It's fairly deep stash, I didn't even remember it was there until went looking for something to use for this top. I'm pretty sure it's from Fabric Planet. I used a lace in the yoke, which is probably poly or rayon or something. I think it's from the Michael Levine Loft, and I don't have much of it, so it's nice to be able to use it on a small pattern piece like here.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Can you believe it, I did more or less follow them for the collar / front placket, and it basically sort of worked out. There's likely a better order of construction, but I couldn't figure it out. In the places I didn't follow instructions it was because I made a mistake or I was confused. I wouldn't say that they're particularly good or clear instructions but they got me to the finish line more or less.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Once you go down a bunch of sizes, I like it quite a bit. I did find the front placket scandalously low on me. I had to sew it up 2 or 3 inches. Before I had done that you could see quite a lot of my bra! The armholes are pretty high, but not uncomfortable. This is a nice surprise because a lot of times patterns that have sleeves have lower armholes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the finished garment?
It's still got a LOT of ease, but in the hot weather we're having, I don't mind it at all. I could probably take in the side seams 3" each side and not even notice the difference it's so loose. I seem to have cut the view D hem on the front, so I have very long shirt tails right now. I'm considering giving the top a bit of a chop at the hem.
|Yes, this is the size small.|
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably will! Although there's always some other shiny object to catch my attention, but this is a top that I would 100% buy RTW.
In order to accommodate the lace yoke, I made the bias strips for the armhole finishing long enough to go all the way around. In my case this added 17cm to the strips. I was a little worried how resiliant the lace would be, but it's been through the wash once with no problems so far. I just serged the yoke to the front and back. I did catch the seam allowances so they would face back on to the back, but they don't seem to want to stay that way.
I did a machine rolled hem at the bottom, so that means it's longer than intended. I do find rayon pretty well behaved in a rolled hem, so if I shorten the top, I'll probably do the same again.
These pics are not great I know, but just a few minutes later the heavens opened up and we had a rare California rain shower, so this is all I could get. I'll happily take the rain though!
Other things I've made, seen here are the Grainline Moss skirt, and Burda 3/2014 jeans, co-incidentally in the same red denim from Premium Denim Outlet.