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Posted on:7/28/14 3:14 PM
Project Photo:McCall's: 6899 by jewelea

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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Cotton-Poly Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
I came across this pattern when looking for an easy-fitting top to make up this beautiful, very lightweight knit. It's a gift for a friend who usually wears something loose and long sleeved over a camisole or tank top in the summer, so I thought this both suited her style as well as being perfect for the knit with its ornate pattern. I made version D; I especially like the sweep of pleats across the back. .

It's labeled Easy but don't expect it to be Fast, because there's a lot of pleating to do both back and front. Plus, as the other reviewer noted, the front bands and collar and the sleeve bands are a bit fiddly. I also could not sew the bottoms of the front bands as instructed; I think the bands were slightly too large for the opening, so I turned under the bottom of the top band and stitched it down which worked fine.

I tried out using the ties thinking that they could be brought from the sides to the front and tied loosely to give some waist definition in the front while leaving the back free, but that didn't work at all, so I ended up leaving the ties off.

I differed from the instructions by sewing the sleeves on flat before sewing up the side seams. That way I could top-stitch the seam in place, stopping about an inch on other side of the underarm seam. Then I sewed up the side seam, stopping exactly at the underarm, then sewed up the sleeve seam, again stopping exactly at the seam intersection. I think this was as easy, if not easier, to do than setting in the sleeve as instructed.

I usually don't wear over-sized garments because I don't think they're very flattering on me, but after trying this on, I'd consider making it for myself without the long sleeves. It's both graceful and comfortable with enough detailing to take it out of the ordinary.
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carolynw said...
Beautiful and so timely for me as this pattern is n my cutting table.Will watch for problem with the bands. Thanks for sharing your always beautiful work.
7/28/14 6:53 PM
Tonya P said...
Lovely! I made this a couple months ago and sadly, found that while it is a beautiful garment, it overwhelmed my small frame so I passed it on to DD who is beautifully curvy. The front bands were rather troubling for me too. Good to know I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing.
7/28/14 3:53 PM
Melwyk said...
Very pretty-- the print does suit the style very well. I love the swishiness of it.
7/28/14 3:37 PM
 
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