This is a bit of a palate cleanser after Wrapapalooza and before I start on my holiday dress.
I wanted to make an easy top, one without a high neckline. Lately I have found that high necks bother me. I’m hoping that stops before winter sets in. This seemed like a good option, and it was sitting in my pattern stash.
Pattern Description: From McCalls’ website, Close-fitting, pullover tops have collar variations and narrow hem. C and D: button trim. I made View D, with bracelet length sleeves.
Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12.
Fabric Used: Cable style lightweight sweater knit (sold out, sorry) from Gorgeous Fabrics. Does it look familiar? Anyone? You might have seen it on the cover of a magazine recently. 🙂
Machines and Tools Used: My Juki MO654DE home serger and my Pfaff 2130 home machine. Shoulder press, silk organza press cloth, sleeve board and ham, along with Naomi the wonder iron.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10. I could have probably used a jersey/ballpoint needle instead, but the stretch worked fine. 3 buttons from my stash. I’ve had them for at least 10 years. I’m not sure where I got them. They are light enough that they don’t weigh the collar down too much.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were fine. This is a pretty straightforward pattern.
Construction Notes: First up, I made a FBA. After I did that, I cut it out on a folded piece of tracing paper, with the fold at center front, so I had a single complete front bodice piece. I wanted to do that so I would have complete control over the placement of the cable motifs. I used a single layer layout for cutting.
I serged all the main seams. I stabilized the shoulder seams with a strip of fusible interfacing. Instead of setting the sleeve in per McCalls’ directions (after the shoulders and side seams are sewn), I set the sleeve in flat. It worked just fine.
Originally I was planning to make the full length sleeves, not bracelet sleeves. But when I hemmed them, they got all stretched out and wavy.
I cut off the wavy part and used a scrap of fusible interfacing to stabilize the hem. I probably could have avoided the issue if I had hand-hemmed it, but I wanted to make this all on the machine. The fusible interfacing worked fine for the sleeves. I also used it on the hem, but it still is kind of wavy. The hem on this pattern is pretty flared out. I may take the sides in a bit at the bottom to get more of the look I prefer.
The collar is made from a single piece of fabric. I couldn’t get both the center front motif and the center back motif to line up, so I just went with the CF.
Here you can see the back on Shelley
Likes/Dislikes: This is a perfectly passable pattern. It goes together quite well and quickly. I like the collar detail.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I probably won’t do it again, though I do recommend it. This is a nice piece that will look good in many wardrobes.
And while DH was doing the Wrapapalooza photo shoot, he got a quick shot of me in the top.
Conclusion: A good, slightly elevated basic that sews together easily. This can pair equally well with jeans as with a pencil skirt, and if you do it in, say, a sequined knit it will make a nice evening option.
My next project is going to be my holiday dress, a lace number. I have to muslin it, so I’ll have more on that as things progress.