By now you’ve probably seen this pattern on your favorite blogs, Instagram, Facebook, etc. Why? Well number one, because it’s a great pattern, and number two, because McCalls is running a contest right now! And I hope I win! I made the tulip sleeve version and I love this pattern. Have you entered the contest, yet? You have until May 7th so get sewing! But before you make your version, read my post for some insider tips.
Spring has sprung and my yard is looking green! It’s perfect weather for a flowy chic blouse like McCalls 7542. I cut view A in a size 10. In retrospect I should have cut a 12. My top is a bit snug but it still works (for reference my bust is 34″). I did not make a muslin. I’m hoping to make the other versions because each version features a cool sleeve variation. When I do, I’ll just reduce my seam allowance to try to buy myself some more room.
The fabric I’m using is a teal colored cotton lawn that I bought last summer from the Fabric Store on La Brea Avenue in L.A. If you have a chance to visit I highly recommend her cute little shop. I’m hoping to make another trip out there next year. The top is unlined. The neckline is finished with a facing. Other bloggers have mentioned this: the neckline sits high and is very tight. After I sewed on my neck facing, the top still felt very constricting around the neck. To remedy this, I just re-sewed the facing with a deeper seam allowance and then cut off the excess. This worked to lower my neckline.
Hemming was very easy. I just folded under and sewed a narrow hem, and then cut away the excess seam allowance when I was finished. The back of the blouse is finished with a hook and eye.
The final result is a cool and breezy summer blouse.
If you’re really quick you can sew this up in an afternoon. Plus, now that I have my main pieces cut out it should be no trouble at all to make a few different versions. I’ve much enjoyed seeing everyone’s versions on the interwebs and social media. I can’t wait to find out who the winners are!
So, what’s new with you? What are you sewing? I heard fabric mart is hosting a skirt sewing contest for the month of May. Anybody want to join me? I love the idea of sewing a month of nothing but skirts.
P.S. I just celebrated my 29th birthday! Here’s to another year of sewing and learning!