I used a striped blue and white cotton shirting fabric. I decided to add my own little twist by lining the flounce in a solid blue cotton poplin. I also added piping above the flounce in the same solid blue color.
|McCall's M7542, Version D|
It's been some time since I have made a woven top (I usually prefer knit tops) and I do need more tops in my wardrobe so this contest was just what I needed to get me working on another top. The pattern's bodice has a boxy shape which I normally avoid but I do like how this top turned out.
In case anyone is interested in lining the flounce, following are the steps:
First, for each sleeve I cut the flounce in each fabric of course:
I hand basted them right sides together and machine stitched with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I hand basted because I wanted to make sure the pieces did not shift as I handled them. Using the 1/4 seam allowance meant I did not need to trim the seam allowance and it would make it easier for me to press the seam open.
The trickiest part was pressing the seam open. I pulled the circles apart at the small center opening and inserted my Dritz seam roll. I placed the seam over the end of the seam roll and pressed with a steam iron 2 inches at a time. I did not worry about wrinkling the rest of the flounce. I could always press out any wrinkles later. For this important step, what mattered was making sure the seam was pressed open.
Once all of the seam allowance was pressed open, I turned it inside out from the center opening. I pressed the edge flat making sure that the edge did not favor one or the other side of the fabric.
I basted the center opening closed and continued with constructing the sleeve treating the flounce as one. Once the flounce was attached to the sleeve, I pondered how to best finish the inside. I could serge it but I did not want the serged edge to show when I lifted my arm or should the wind blow. My solution was to cut a bias strip and bind the raw edge.
The cotton shirting has a very tight weave which made it difficult to ease the sleeves. There is one sleeve I am not completely happy with so I will unstitch and re-attach that one (the left one). I did not have time to finesse the sleeve because the deadline to enter the contest was today, May 7, and I needed to finish in enough time to have photos taken before my photographer had to leave. I may make this pattern again with one of the other sleeves. Perhaps I will make it in another cotton shirting or a fabric with a looser weave. I may also add waist darts for more shaping but I will do so only if I use a solid color fabric or a busy all over print. The options are endless and that's what so great about sewing!
So cute! I'm really interested in this pattern. Glad that you reviewed it. You did a fantastic job!ReplyDelete
Thank you Eli cat! You should get this pattern. I am sure you would make a terrific top!Delete
Great version of this blouse. The pattern itself is boxy and I think you did a great job to make it yours.ReplyDelete
Thank you sewmanju. Your version was the inspiration for my fabric choice.Delete
Great looking blouse, and the construction of the flounce on the sleeve is awesome.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Mariela Alethia! The idea for that flounce came to me as I woke up one morning.Delete
Very nice. Love the sleeve lining and piping.ReplyDelete
Thank you Beverly! It took some extra steps but I am happy with the results.Delete
Your version is wonderful! I already liked this pattern, but you made me like it more! Also, how fun to participate in the contest. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Thank you Vanessa! Those many sleeve options make it a really nice pattern.Delete
I love this! That flounce is so fun!ReplyDelete
Thank you Bianca - I do love the flounce!Delete
that's so cute! I really love the fabrics you chose :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Carolyn! I like the juxtaposition of a man's shirting fabric in a feminine silhouette.Delete
Very pretty top! Love the fabric and sleeve flounces 💙 You did a lovely work, good luck on the contest 👍ReplyDelete
Thank you Hana Velvet Ribbon. There were so many beautiful entries so competition is high but it is fun just to participate.Delete
That's a great looking top! Thanks for reviewing - now the pattern goes on my wishlist!!ReplyDelete
Thank you Virginie. Yes, you must get this pattern and make it up. I know you will make something beautiful!Delete
I love your version, just such a beautiful job.ReplyDelete
Thank you Lori! I love your versions as well. Great choice of fabric.Delete
I love those sleeves! they are gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Thank you Sasha!Delete
Everything about this is beautiful! And it looks practical to wear. Ive always has a thing for sleeves; a lot of my older blog posts feature fancy sleeves. But I found the longer ones always get in the way, as nice as they are. So the length you have is perfect.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much! Glad to know this sleeve won't get in the way of things!Delete
This is so beautiful, Tomasa. The sleeves look great.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
There have been so many great interpretations of this pattern, and yours is among them. I love the contrast of the lining on the flounce--it's really subtle, but it adds a nice bit of impact!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Elizabeth! You are certainly right...there are so many wonderful interpretations of this pattern. I am glad you like the lined flounce.Delete
I just saw this review on PR. LOOOOOVE IT!ReplyDelete
Thanks so very much! :)Delete
Great top! Love the way you finished your sleeves Tomasa!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much Margo! They certainly are fun sleeves.Delete
Thank you again Tomasa for all the tips for places to hit in the Garment District !!!!ReplyDelete
You are welcome - have a great time shopping!Delete
Great minds think alike cause I lined my sleeves too. Your top is pretty and I like that you added some piping to the sleeve, it's a wonderful design choice. I don't really like the top in this pattern but the sleeve options are amazing!ReplyDelete
Thank you! Yes, great minds think alike indeed! The sleeve options are just so much fun. What a clever idea to turn yours into a dress, so pretty and feminine.Delete
Don't know how I missed this wonderful pictorial! Your top is gorgeous, thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Thank you Faye! It's such a fun top...love the sleeves.Delete