Spring weather calls for spring sewing. I’m excited to share with you my interpretation of M7094. This pattern is from McCalls new 2015 spring patterns. I was drawn to this pattern because of the cool open back detail and made pattern view C. This is my first successful make of 2015 (I also made a jacket but it came apart on me) and my first successful make using my new husqvarna serger. I am pretty pleased with the results.
Incidentally, this is also the first blouse/top I’ve ever sewn, even though I’ve been sewing for over four years. I guess I just never got around to making a blouse but it was a satisfying project so I think I should try out more tops.
The nice thing about this project is it allowed me to apply some of my new serger skills, including applying a narrow rolled hem all along the bottom and back panels, as opposed to sewing a narrow hem with the regular sewing machine. I didn’t have to measure or press anything. Such a time saver.
I also used the serger to create gathers where the back panels meet the shirt yoke.
This top also shows you how to make tabs for rolled sleeves. It was easier than I thought it would be and luckily I didn’t have any trouble with the automatic buttonhole on my husqvarna emerald machine.
I also really like the pleat detailing on the shirt.
Pattern Description: Loose-fitting pullover tops in four different variations.
Pattern Size: I decided to cut a small even though pursuant to the size chart I should have cut a medium. I read some reviews online first, though, and other sewers complained that it ran large. I’m glad I went with the small. It’s a good fit. I did not make a muslin as I sometimes do.
Did it look like the photo drawing when finished: Yes, except the neck/collar band went a bit awry.
Were the instructions easy to follow: Yes
Fabric used: I’m not sure what kind of fabric this is but I purchased it at Hancock Fabrics for $10 a yard. It’s really soft and silk like, but I don’t thin it is actual silk.
Would you sew it again: It took about three days to make, so it was a bit time consuming and tedious at times. However, I’m really pleased with how it turned out so I will probably make another top in the future.
Pattern alterations: None
By the way, this top was inspired in part by this Portlandia episode:
So, what spring sewing are you up to?