Pattern Review: McCalls 6839 Top
Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and tunic have back neckline variations and stitched hems. A: Back pleated drape, cut on crosswise grain. B: Back yoke. C: Draped back. D: Shaped hemline (wrong side show) and narrow hem. C, D: Back tie ends.

I made a hybrid of views C and D – I added the sleeves from view D to View C.

Sizing: 8-24. I made a 12, tapering out to a 14 at the bust.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: A sold out animal/snake print ITY from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s sold out, but there are Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki 654DE serger, Pfaff 2130, Naomi the Naomoto, sleeve board, shoulder stand.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/10, thread. That’s it!

Tips Used during Construction: And Now, A Word from The Pressinatrix

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 to make.

Construction Notes: I started with a 12 at the shoulders, tapering to a 14 at the side armhole seam. I didn’t do a FBA, because the flat pattern measurements at a 14 seemed to obviate the need for it, and in fact it wasn’t necessary.

Likes/Dislikes: I like the cut, and it is a great length for me. The neckline is pretty wide, and it does just barely show my bra straps, so I’ll put lingerie guards in to keep it properly in place. The back is low cut, but not so low that my bra band shows.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This pattern is listed as out of print on McCalls’ website, but I saw it in the drawers at my local Joann last week, so you may still be able to buy it. Here are pictures on Shelley:


and Front

All in all a great top.
Happy sewing!

3 thoughts on “Pattern Review: McCalls 6839 Top”

  1. Dorothy Sabourin says:

    Ann, thank you for your ongoing sewing inspiration! Although I have not had time to sew recently, there are patterns (your recommendations from Style Arc) and yards of Gorgeous Fabrics from your store in my sewing room just awaiting attention. Will share pictures once these projects are completed. Wishing you continued good health.

  2. Leanne says:

    I received an email yesterday that showcased your garments with your (always) Gorgeous Fabrics! It was so cool to see you associated with one of the Big Four.

  3. Yvonne says:

    I LOVE the colors in this! What a dramatic top this is. I’d love to see a picture of you wearing this. I know you look gorgeous in it.

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