Monday, December 29, 2014

Finished: McCall's 7093

Hopefully you had a fantastic Christmas (if you celebrate it!). We had a great one!


Airport selfies with mama y papa, and my baby girl too!


I got a Hancock gift card as one of my Christmas gifts and promptly spent it!

I couldn't stop thinking about both tops here and while waiting for my parents to get ready yesterday I cut out 7094 (on the right). I washed up two cuts of rayon challis -well my son did...he washes my fabric often!- and one of them shrank up a lot. The other one, not so much...but neither of them were enough for view D (top image).

So I cut 7093 instead! hahaha!


I decided to use black as a contrast for the pockets and thought it would be cute to have the sleeves be contrasting too.

I'd estimate this pattern took me about 3-3.5 hours to complete.

I sewed a straight size 16. I used 1/2" seams at the front raglans and 5/8" at the back.
I sewed 1/2" side seams and did narrow hems.

There was something funky about the bias binding for the neckline. They had you cut a bias strip and fold it in half, and stitch in place, trim, fold to the inside and top-stitch. No problem. EXCEPT it didn't seem wide enough. I double checked that it was supposed to be sewn with a 5/8" seam allowance and didn't see anything contradicting that. Next time I'll adjust for it.

They have you hem the sleeves and then set them, and I attached them first because, raglans. But the sleeves are kind of fluttery (I can't find the right word!) and hemming them resulted in some wonkiness of the top stitching. I ripped out stitching 3 times and I think as a result, stretched out the fabric.

I am NOT a fan of where the sleeves hit on me. But I know better re: cap sleeves. I don't think it looks bad, just not my favorite. I had my mind on cap sleeves because I didn't have a lot of fabric. When I decided on black contrasts, I could have gone with the longer sleeves - duh.

Also, I think I'll shorten the sleeve dart just a tad next time.

On to the important stuff...the pockets.

Easy. Peasy. There's no weirdness there; it's very straightforward. The top of the pocket is hemmed and then it's basted onto the inset piece. It's then caught in the seam between the front and inset, and the other side on the side seam. Boom. Done. Pockets! They are meant to have a slight drape to them, but I think that's illustrated in the pattern art.

It has a pretty exaggerated hi-low hem so if you aren't into that, beware. I really like it!!

The print on this fabric is so dreamy and I love it paired with the black. Yes, the challis came from Fabric Mart. :)


27 comments:

  1. Cute top! I picked up 7094 (and a few of the others you did), and at the moment, it's a leading candidate for my next project if/when I ever finish my Neverending Coat.

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    1. Hahaha! This is the coat that never ends... :)

      7094 wasn't on my first list but as more people talked about it, I became more interested in it! Can't wait to see yours!

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  2. Wow, it looks great, I like the two contrasting fabrics you chose. And that son of yours pre-treating fabrics, he's a keeper! Back to the shirt, I'm not a fan of the hi-low hem just because on me I feel that it emphasizes my belly area. I don't want that but on you, it looks great. This shirt design was made for you.

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    1. Thanks Graca!

      This was one I knew I had to have right away!

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  3. Lovely top! I love that it has pockets.

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  4. Really nice. Is this from the latest collection? You're fast! Very cute.

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  5. BTW--I just saw that you were named PR Member of the Year! Congratulations!

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  6. That top! That's the one I want to make, if I get to buying it. Love your fabric choice. It's super flattering I do think. And I saw you are the patter review member of the year... that is sooo cool. I seriously love reading all your sewing banter and seeing what you make, no one deserves the crown and sash of being name PR member of the Year more then you :) (I hope you'll get a crown and sash... or make your kids make you a set!)

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    1. Thanks Kathy!

      oooh. I wants my sash!!!! hahaha!

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  7. Very nice. I like the contrasting elements of it.

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  8. Nice. I like the shoulder shape and contrast and the fabric is lovely.

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  9. I really want to try this one, looks fast and has a cute longerish sleeve option (always necessary!)

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  10. Gorgeous! And so useful with the pockets! I'm so jealous that your Hancock has the new McCall's. Mine didn't as of Saturday, but I see they are on sale again Jan 2nd, so not too long to wait. Happy New Year, Nakisha!

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    1. Thank you!

      That isn't too long to wait at all. Yeah, my Hancock is SO fantastic in that respect!

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  11. Great top! I love the black contrasting fabric- good choice. I am not a fan of the cap sleeve on me either ;-)

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  12. What a great top! The contrast details look awesome.

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  13. I'm making it in a 22 in peach skin. im having trouble getting the seams on the raglan to match to the bodice. I wonder if it stretched. So strange. Any advice?

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    1. Sorry I made this almost 2 years ago and don't really remember construction details.

      It could've gotten stretched - easy to do with lightweight fabrics!

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