Otherwise known as my new mullet blouse. When all the high-low hemlines came out last year I thought they were ridiculous. I still think some of the dresses I see are kind of silly looking. Maybe this top is too! But you know how you see styles more often and they grow on you? I decided to try it because I don’t have any blouses to wear with skinny jeans this summer. I basically live in white jeans in summer so I had to get sewing.
I probably should have posed with my bike after falling off due to riding in stilettos.
This pattern has some issues. Seriously, McCall’s, what is up with your sizing? I’m getting so sick of the sizing confusion with big 4 patterns. I couldn’t care less about the number I need to sew but at least if you recommend a size, make it fit with a normal amount of ease. As a beginner, this is so frustrating and makes me hesitant to try new projects. This top has a small-medium-large size range. Easy, right? Well, my bust and waist measurements put me in a medium, my hips in a large. The fact the description says it’s suitable for maternity gave me pause. I made a small based on the finished garment measurements. Fits totally fine. WTF? The medium may have helped the front lie flatter and fit better through the shoulders and upper back but it would’ve been even wider. IF there’s a next time, I may try a medium through the shoulders but take in the sides a bit.
The pattern is labeled ‘Easy’. Is that because it’s not fitted and has relatively few pieces? When something is “Easy” I think a beginner should be able to pick it up with a basic amount of knowledge and put it together easily. The design is simple. But for an Easy pattern to call for the arm bands, the placket and the yoke facing all to be hand sewn (slip-stitched), it’s a little ridiculous. I totally disregarded those instructions and top stitched or edge stitched. The diagrams are predictably unclear (nothing new for big 4 patterns).
The placket made me crazy. To be fair, I don’t know where the problem lies –with me because I read the directions 50 times and I still don’t know if I did it correctly (likely) or the pattern for the method of attaching the placket and teeny, crappy illustrations. Part of the issue was I was picturing a placket in the traditional sense – one that looks like it’s on top or folded over the front and edge stitched. I checked all the shirts in my closet and didn’t find anything similar to what this pattern called for. It looks fine I guess. I just wish there was a decent diagram in the instructions.
Yes, I’m pointing at you with my remote. Another windy day!
The fabric is cotton voile and with the pouf of the sleeves, I’m glad it wasn’t too stiff. Mine is very thin and requires a camisole. The V-neck is so low, you need one anyway. It would be a fun top if you had fabric in a pretty print to showcase.
The worst thing though? When snipping a thread, I cut a hole right in the front! I didn’t know the proper way to fix it so I improvised by covering it with a satin stitch. The collar covered part but it’s still really obvious. Sad. Too bad I don’t have shoulder length hair anymore.
I’m not sure about my feelings on this top. I like it in principle – good to wear with skinny jeans, boxy but still current. The sleeves are just silly.
The front length doesn’t hit at a great place but that’s my issue, not the pattern. Given the time involved for the simple result, I doubt I’ll make it again. On the other hand, now that I understand the darn placket (I think), I could complete it quickly. Can you tell I haven’t decided if I like it yet?
Next up will be some super-simple, comfy summer dresses.
Have a great weekend!