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|McCall's: 5388 (Pullover top) - Type:Tops |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Rayon [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Pullover top with thin straps, front and back yoke, gathered bodice with hem frill.
I correspond exactly to size 14 on McCalls chart, but knowing that the big 4 run large, I made the 12. I should have made the 10. This is one BIG pattern!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but only after I had made all of my sizing alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions for this pattern seemed very convoluted so I put it together slightly differently. This method is quick and pretty simple to do, but you do need to have the fit exactly right as everything gets sewn together pretty much in one go, so if you need to alter later there will be a LOT of unpicking to do!
1.Sew straps, turn through and press.
2.Machine baste straps to right side of front yoke.
3.Prepare front and back yoke and facings as per Sherry's shirt cuff tutorial
4. Sew front facing to yoke, clip seams, turn through and press.
5. Machine baster strap to right side of back yoke.
6. Sew back facing to back yoke, clip seams, turn and press.
7. Sew bodice side seams.
8. Sew frill side seams.
9. Overlock or finish side seams and frill hem.
10.Sew bias binding to underarm, clip seam, turn to wrong side, press and topstitch.
11.Sew frill hem and press.
12.Sew gathering stitch to front and back bodice and frill.
13.Gather front and back bodice, pin to yokes and topstitch.
14.Gather frill and sew to bodice, overlock and press.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the style of this garment. I don't usually wear frills, but wanted something to layer under cardis and jackets and this was a weirdly shaped remnant that the pattern pieces fitted into nicely. I didn't like the instructions, see above!
Vintage rayon spot fabric.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1. Took side seams in by 3cm at underarm, tapering to 1.5cm at hem.
2. Shortened length by 8cm before adding frill.
3. Added extra width to frill so it would be more gathered.
4. Shortened straps by 3cm.
The front yoke is still too big though, so if I make it again I will need to take a small gape dart, about 2mm at CF.
The straps are also a tad thin and I would add 3-4mm to the width to cover those bra straps properly.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I will sew this again as I worked so hard getting the fit right!
I think the pattern has some potential for lots of different fabrics, contrasting yokes, pretty braids for the straps etc. It could even be lengthened into a cute sundress.
I would recommend it for more experienced sewers though as this pattern has a lot of different techniques in there!
I am happy with the final result and it fits nicely into my wardrobe, but I think I will wait until next summer before making another!
More pics on my blog
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