McCalls 7412 Top
Let’s start at the top. I saw this pattern when it first came out, and I thought it was just adorable. It’s WAAAAAAY out of my wheelhouse, but I’ve seen women my age (and some older) wearing this kind of open shoulder top beautifully. I had some Milly fabric left over from my StyleArc Artist Tunic, so I decided to take a gamble.
Pattern Description: From McCalls website, “Loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunic have scoop neckline, cold shoulder detail, and sleeve/hemline variations. A, C, D: Flared sleeves. B: Purchased scalloped lace trim and bishop sleeves. C: Hemline ruffle. D: Layered sleeves”
I made View B, omitting the lace trim.
Sizing: 4-26. I made a size 12.
Available as a PDF? No
Fabric Used: A remnant of the Milly voile that I used for my StyleArc Artist Tunic.
Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MD654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto, ironing board, sleeve board, shoulder stand, Clover Hold It Stiletto, silk organza press cloth.
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, 1/4 inch elastic from stash, thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes, more or less. I screwed up a little bit on the shoulder band so it ended up wider than the picture, but it’s not terrible and I’m not going to go back and pull it out.
How were the instructions? They were fine. This is very straightforward to make. The only slightly tricky part is making sure you line up the openings for the cold-shoulders properly.
Close up of the cold-shoulder
Construction Notes: Nothing unusual. I sewed the seams with my Pfaff, and serged the seam allowances together, rather than sewing a double seam. This pattern would work quite well with French seams.
Likes/Dislikes: You know how I said this is WAAAAAAY out of my wheelhouse? Well there’s a reason I don’t stray too far from my wheelhouse. I finished it, tried it on…
And I hate it.
It makes me look like a mile-wide stump, and a pregnant stump to boot. It even makes Shelley look fat.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? No, I will not make this again. This was a fail for me. The word “blowsy” came immediately to mind when I looked in the mirror. Though I still think it’s cute and I think on the right person it can look great. I’m just not that person.
Conclusion: Win some, lose some, learn something. I’ll donate this to Sister Thrift near where I live so hopefully someone will love it and it will benefit the dogs and cats at the local Humane Society.
McCalls 6930 Shorts
These, on the other hand, are right in the middle of my wheelhouse!
Pattern Description: “Fitted shorts or tapered pants (below waist) have shaped waistband, side-front pockets and back zipper. A, B: Back patch pockets. B: Scalloped hem. C: Carriers and stitched hems.”
I made view A, the short-shorts.
Sizing: 6-22. I started with a 14, but backed it down at the waist significantly.
Available as a PDF? Yes!
Fabric Used: A heathered dark wash denim from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course). That fabric is sold out, but you can see similar Here.
Machines and Tools Used: The usual suspects (see above)
Needle/Notions Used: The usual suspects (see above) as well as stash interfacing, a zipper from stash and two trouser hook/eyes.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They’re fine. Again, this is a straightforward pattern and goes together readily.
Construction Notes: I started with a 14. I’ve noticed in previous McCalls shorts and pants that I end up with a lot of gapping at the back waist, so I tried them on before applying the back zipper and sure enough… I took about an inch out at the CB. That did the trick without distorting the side seams. I sewed all the seams on the Pfaff and finished the raw edges on the serger.
Likes/Dislikes: Love these! They went together readily, and they are really cute. I’ll probably make the longer versions as well.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes.
Here are shots on Shelley. I won’t subject you to my Mary Melanoma pasty white legs again. 🙂
The side pocket detail
And the Back, slightly overexposed to show the pockets
Conclusion: These are a winner – this weekend I was batting .500 – ah well. This happens sometimes.