Is everybody ready for the week ahead? I know I'm going to need my running shoes to keep up with all my boys and their activities with school and soccer in full swing now. But hey, I was able to get my top done before the mad rush. That's a plus! I decided to use McCall's 5977 to make a plaid top to go with my khaki Butterick skirt shown in the previous post. It is a pattern for a semi-fitted, shaped with darts, woven tank top with various ruffle options. My fabric is a lightweight polyester/cotton blend from Fabric.com. I made View C.
I cut a size 10 and added about 1/2" to the back shoulder seam to bring that seam forward a little bit. That made the bust darts sit a little low, so I took up an extra 3/8" on the shoulder seam to raise them. I thought I might have to trim under the arms to compensate, but it turned out I didn't need to.
The instructions were easy to follow. But I did sew my neck and armhole binding differently. Instead of folding the binding in half and then attaching it, I kept it one layer. I had a raw edge on the inside when I wrapped it around my seam allowance. However, since the binding is cut on the bias, it doesn't ravel. The reason I did this is because I wanted to stitch in the ditch rather than slip-stitch the binding to finish. Once the binding was attached this way, I trimmed the excess leaving about 3/16".
Here is a close-up of the finished top.
I have about 4" of ease in the bust, since I cut the size 10. It's more than I like, but it is probably necessary to get the blouse over my head and shoulders without any fasteners. Also, I think the ruffle does a good job of hiding the extra room. Plus it keeps the blouse cool for a tropical climate. Here it is styled with the skirt. All I need is a cardigan, in a complementary color, and tights for it to transition nicely to mainland northwest fall weather.
I want to say thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts on my last few posts. Sheila asked, "any tips you can share on how you achieve a perfect fly front?" There was a time that I dreaded the front fly. But now, I actually enjoy making them. I don't think it is as clear trying to explain how to do them in words, so I will try to put together some pictures the next time I make a fly. In the mean time, here are three tips that have helped me enormously. 1) I always use a zipper that is longer than what is called for. That way I don't have to stitch around the zipper pull. I just trim the excess when I have my waistband ready to apply. 2) I always baste my zipper before I stitch it in permanently. It works so much better than using pins. 3) I always topstitch over a piece of tissue paper to prevent any bunching. Check out this blog post to see a picture of what I am talking about. This is such a great tip! I hope that helps a little until I can do a proper picture sequence. Have a great week online ohana!
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!