Angel-Wing Chambray-and-Lace Top & GIVEAWAY!!!


Angel-Wing Chambray-and-Lace Top

A few months ago Mood Fabrics seduced me in that way they do. I had purchased some denim and they sent me one of those “you may also like…” emails. It featured this Denim and Ivory Novelty Cotton Lace, and I was smitten. This fabric is a bit misnamed: it is not denim. It is a cotton chambray, but it is denim colored. 🙂

I purchased 2 yards. I rarely buy or wear lace, but I have been focusing on hot-weather clothing (for Florence and NYC this summer) and this was!

I played with the fabric and quickly decided that I wanted to use the lace vertically, rather than horizontally. (I posted these pics to Instagram and Facebook and most people thought I should use the fabric horizontally, but I didn’t like it as well when held up to my body.)

I quickly decided I wanted a simple angel-wing-style top. I didn’t bother with a pattern, so I started with a tape measure. The fabric is 60″ from selvedge to selvedge, or 58″ if you ignore the lace peaks. I measured from wrist to wrist and my wingspan is 52″.

What… you don’t tape your tape measure to your body?

That means I needed to remove at least 6″ from the width. I didn’t want to cut the lace, or mess with the lace at all, so I had to remove the extra fabric from the section between the lace. That section is 16″ wide. To complicate matters, I didn’t want to remove width in the area where I would have a neck opening, and I needed about 10″ for the neck hole, so I had to remove 3″ on each side of the neck opening (or 6″ total). I sewed the tucks so that they would end above the bust—they release above the bust, providing my full bust adjustment (FBA).

Sheesh, I didn’t have a lot of room because, as it was, I had only 3″ on each side of the neck opening. So I decided to take 1/2″ tucks, directly on top of each other, at each side of the neck opening. This required careful marking, sewing, pressing, and topstitching.

Next, I drew a standard round neckline opening, but it was too small for my head. I added a slit. It now went over my head, but I didn’t want a slit, so I turned the slit into a v-neck. (A boat neck would have been easier, but I avoid boat necks – I don’t like them on my frame and, anyway, I didn’t have enough width for a boat neck once the tucks were sewn in.)

I used a scrap of fabric to make a neckline facing.

I wanted to place the hem on a lace “valley”. The valleys occur every 4-1/4″, so I experimented pinning the hem at different lengths, but always landing on one of the valleys. I even tried a hi-low hem, but I ended up choosing a longer hem that was the same front and back. I thread basted the hem.

Thread basting
I hemmed the chambray portions by machine and the lace portions by hand

I finished the top by strategically tacking the front to the back at the side bust and side waist. I also tacked a pleat into the front, below the bust, to control the volume a bit.

This top was made from a rectangle and has no shoulder or side seams. I used a 60″ by 69″ rectangle, plus some tucks and tacks for shaping and taming the fullness.

Do I like this top? I think so. I made it specifically for hot weather and wore it over a cream tank top for these pics at 7am this morning. I was freezing, so I take that as a good sign, as far as hot weather goes. I wore it over a sweater for a local arts festival today and it is fun to wear with those lacy wings. I can’t wear a sweater or jacket over it, and I put my cross-body purse under it, which maybe wasn’t the best look, but I didn’t want to carry a satchel. I doubt I’ll take it to Florence, because the cotton has a tendency to wrinkle, but I think it will be a cool and fun wear on a hot day!

Style ’17 & Giveaway

Last year I blogged about Style ’16. The Style show provides a great opportunity to buy gorgeous wearable art and jewelry directly from the artists. I love events like this! I made sure to get Style ’17 on my calendar many months ago—April 29th and 30th. This year the event will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View—walking distance from where I work one or two days each week.

Then, last week, one of the co-producers of Style ’17 kindly reached out and offered me two free tickets. I bought my ticket months ago, so I asked if I could offer the tickets to my blog readers. She agreed, so, if you would like two free tickets to this fabulous event, please leave a comment indicating your interest! I will post the winner next weekend, so you have until Friday to enter.

For those who don’t win, you can still save! They offered my blog readers 40% off the ticket price, so it will cost $6 instead of $10. (To be honest, I don’t mind paying full price for this event because it benefits Art in Action, a national non-profit that provides visual arts curriculum to 75,000 students each year, including children in 185 Bay Area schools.)

To get the ticket discount, enter SHAMS40 on the last page of the checkout. If you do come and you see me, please say hi! In short… a fun day at the Computer Museum, great shopping, benefitting arts programs—it’s a win-win-win!

(By the way, two of my artist-friends have booths at this event. Winnie of Eccentric Designs jewelry, and wearable artist Carol Lee Shanks, who sometimes teaches at Design Outside the Lines.)

Can you believe it’s April already? My weekend calendar is becoming uncomfortably full. Things are heating in my History of Italian Fashion class. In fact, we are each giving a presentation while in Italy and I’ve selected my subject. I am giving a short preso on designer Antonio Marras. Mr Marras has been designing for Kenzo since 2005 and he also has his own line—his designs are quite compelling. I plan to visit his high-concept store while in Milan this summer. I hadn’t heard his name before, but it was instant love when I googled his designs. You might check out his Fall 2017 line.

I’ve just washed the fabric for my next Britex project, and I’ve selected a pattern, so that’s my activity for next weekend.

Please join me on Patti’s Visible Monday. I hope you have a great week!

Primrose Pants Redux – Free Sewing Pattern

High-waisted, fitted, or flared? With so many stunning versions of paperbag waist pants, you could never go wrong! The Primrose Pants free sewing pattern is one of my absolute favorites; the fit is fabulous and probably the most flattering pants I own. How could it possibly get any better? With a redux, of course! We are taking this pattern up a notch by adding a fun, unexpected detail that has been popping up everywhere: suspenders! They add just the right amount of poise, and I’m here for it! Made with Mood Fabrics’ luxurious metallic lame, you’ll be ready for a special night out in no time. Try using one of Mood’s supple satins or crêpe de chines for another evening wear option. Be sure to let us know how you rock your redux!

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Pattern hacks:

  • First, check out the original pattern instructions before you try these alterations!
  • Remove the welt pockets at back
  • Use belt pattern to draft suspender straps. Measure from shoulder to waist to get your suspender length. Each strap will be cut on the fold so cut 4 of fabric for each.
  • Each strap is placed 3.5″ from center-front and sewn in place. Do the same to attach to the back.

Here’s a view of the Primrose Pants with and without the suspenders!

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rustic coasts

despite the fact the summer solstice has already been and gone, the season hasn’t really got going here in manchester just yet. i’m longing for lazy afternoons in the sunshine, but instead i’m camped out indoors to avoid the sudden torrential downpours and contemplating putting the heating back on! 

luckily though, i have somewhere wonderful to retreat to. i wrote earlier in the year about my love for ikea’s new limited edition tänkvärd collection, featuring materials such as rattan, cotton, linen, jute and seagrass, that evoke for me the languid, lazy living of coastal resorts, and i’m delighted to have been able to collaborate with the brand to create a little slice-of-the-seaside in my own home.

i’ve been hankering after a little reading nook in my bedroom for quite some time, and since my favourite lazy day activity whilst i’m on holiday is to lounge on a balcony looking out to sea with a good book in my hand, it seemed like the perfect match for ikea’s summer 2019 rustic coasts trend. for me the aesthetic of this trend promotes a sense of calm and wellbeing, marrying a beautifully vibrant blue hue that speaks of the glistening ocean and blissful summer days, with natural biophilic materials that are tactile and evocative, and mimic the warm beige tones of the beach. a perfect theme for a cosy reading nook in my book!

to create the nook i started, of course, with a place to sit. clearing a corner of my bedroom between the bed and the window seemed the most apt, so i could make maximum use of daylight in the room – especially since the sun sets on this side of the flat. i’d initially been seduced by the low slung vibes of the tänkvärd rattan easy chair, but as i made my way around the shop floor at ikea warrington the softly cocooning shape of high-backed buskbo rattan armchair won me over, as a more supportive option for sitting in for longer periods of time. the chair is sold sans cushion, allowing you to choose your own textiles and create a look that is entirely your own. i chose the large jofrid cushion cover in natural as the perfect squishy base cushion, and paired it with the appropriately nautical striped ispigg cushion, in pre-washed yarn-dyed cotton for a charmingly rustic, worn-in feel.

from there it was all about adding a few additional accent pieces. it doesn’t take a lot to change the feel of a space and whilst a lot of the textiles i had in my bedroom previously were warmer, more autumnal hues, by switching them out for a few of the vibrant blue tänkvärd accessories, i’ve instantly lifted the colour palette and brought a rustic coastal flair to the room. the sheer lattice grid tänkvärd curtains made the biggest instant impact to the space, and i love the fact they offer a feeling of privacy whilst still allowing light to flood through. as a style statement they instantly draw the eye into this new corner of the room, and help frame the space beautifully.

alongside the curtains, the dotty tänkvärd linen throw helps suffuse this new vibrant colour pop into the rest of the bedroom and draw the space together. it’s a lightweight, casual-style throw and one that i can see working not just in my bedroom but also in my living room as a foil to my navy sofa. it can also double as a beach towel or sarong when i actually go away and head to the beach, which makes it a wonderfully versatile and valuable addition to my home. the tänkvärd water carafe is also another hardworking product i’ve added to my home, moving with me from the bedroom to my desk and back again on a daily basis. designed by iina vuorivirta, its a reassuringly chunky glass bottle with an upturned tumbler for a lid, mouth-blown with tiny decorative bubbles that enhance the handcrafted vibe. i’ve been making a conscious effect to ensure i’m drinking as much water as possible throughout to day and this stylish carafe has definitely helped keep me on track!

what are your favourite books to read to evoke that lazy summertime feeling? right now i’m (very aptly) reading the summer book by tove jansson but have also read sally rooney’s conversations with friends and joan dideon’s south and west recently, and would thoroughly recommend them both. i feel like i’m on a good roll with books lately (i’ve also been getting back into poetry and love rupi kaur and michael faudet’s work), so hopefully you have a few good recommendations to keep me going the rest of the summer..

for me, there’s nothing better than spending the last few hours of the day winding down with a good book and a warming mug of something sweet and milky as i dive into the escapist world of my novel. at this point i’ve almost always shed myself of my daytime clothes and slipped into something far more comfortable. in winter, it’s usually warm flannel pyjamas but right now my evening attire of choice is the cosy comfort of the blue cotton tänkvärd kimono. i’ve been smitten with it ever since i saw ikea’s beautiful collection photography at the start of the year, and am happy to report it is just as hyggeligt as their styled imagery led me to believe!

so friends, what do you think of ikea’s ss19 rustic coasts trend? how do you like to update your home for the summer months?

this post is in partnership with ikea, who provided gifted product for the purpose of this shoot. fabric of my life is a 2019 ikea ambassador.

 luis leiva

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The Callisia Cover-Up – Free Sewing Pattern

It’s time to head to the beach in style, so grab your sunscreen and don’t forget to bring your cover-up! Our Callisia Cover-Up free sewing pattern is so versatile since there are countless ways to wear it. At full-length, with double-puff bishop sleeves, it drapes beautifully over any swimsuit or pair of jeans. This breathtaking semi-sheer cotton will keep you cute and cool as you sit by the pool! Looking for fabric options with drape? While I used Mood’s exclusive Ishvara’s Wisdom floral cotton voile for my cover-up, try using silk chiffon or poly charmeuse for a version that will truly flow. How do you plan on styling your Callisia Cover-Up? Let us know!

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Here’s how to sew: (I suggest using French seams for durability)

First, attach the front bodice to the back at the side and shoulder seams.

Next, using a basting stitch, gather the waist.

Next, we can work on the bottom skirt.

Pin the back skirt panels together and stitch.

Then attach the front skirt panels at the side seams.

Pin the top bodice and the bottom skirt together at the waist seam and stitch. Finish by using a French seam.

We’ll add on the waistband detail later.

After you press your French seam at the waist, pin the back neckband and front neckband pieces together along the entire length.

Now we can assemble the sleeves. On the upper sleeve, use a basting stitch to slightly gather the cap.

Next, sew the sleeve along the inseam. Use a basting stitch to gather the bottom edge of the upper sleeve.

On the lower sleeve, you are going to sew down the inseam first, then gather the bottom edge as shown.

Next, attach the lower sleeve to the upper sleeve using the sleeve band. You will need two pieces for each side. Once sewn together, you will create the casing for the elastic.

Use your sleeve band pattern as a guide to cut your elastic. Cut it about 1- 1.5″ shorter than your pattern.

Make sure to leave a small opening in the casing to insert your elastic.

Once you have the elastic in, you can top stitch along the edge to close.

To finish the sleeves, all you have to do now is add the cuff. Sew each cuff piece at the side seams and sew.

Pin the cuff to the sleeve opening and sew all the way around. Next, fold in the cuff facing and topstitch along the inside to finish.

Now, pin your neck facing all the way around the front opening and sew.

Attach your waistband pieces at the side seams and sew. Press all seam allowances inward. Now pin your waistband directly over the waist and topstitch it in place.

All that’s left to do is hem the bottom edge!

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I fell in love with this wine/black crinkled brocade from Mood Fabrics

and decided to make a jacket with moto influences. I didn’t want to use my TNT Kwik Sew 3764 again, so I went hunting for a suitable pattern. I made a muslin out of the Quart Coat
pattern by Pauline Alice, thinking I could modify it to my liking. I couldn’t…

My dress form isn’t shaped like that, and neither am I (wide shoulders, nipped
in waist).

I liked aspects of B5822 (OOP) which I used when I was making “manteaux”
for our Iran trip…

so I put on my thinking cap and came up with a frankinpattern using parts of the Butterick pattern and parts of the Kwik Sew. And this is what I made:

I added a separating zipper to the front, shortened the jacket, and added sleeve and pocket zippers…

I used the sleeve from the KS and also the pocket placement, the rest was from
the Butterick pattern.

I lined the jacket with a dark red satin lining, also from Mood Fabrics, and piped 
it in black satin.

I accessorized it with some wonderful Gujarati bracelets I got in India some
25 years ago.

That’s kept me pretty busy; I took some time out to have a wonderful lunch with long-time
friend Diane and her SO

The puppy? He had his first grooming appointment, we went to obedience class (THAT was
traumatic for both of us!), he now weighs in at 20 pounds, and every ¼ inch he grows
means another level of mischief he can reach. I took him for a swim again yesterday and he jumped right in. I think he’s tall enough now to get out on his own, but for now, we keep a hand on his collar. But he loves to swim!

Like the kitty, he LOVES boxes…

begging to go in the door (damage on door done by his
                  predecessor, Paddywack)

and benches.

My kitchen activities are still centered on somewhat frantic enjoyment of the tomato season…

Caprese salad for lunch today. We’re also cleaning out the freezer, eating last year’s beans and soups, getting ready for cooler weather (hah! it’s currently 95 degrees, but “feels like” 105).

I’m joining BOTH Patti’s Visible Women and Judith’s Hat Attack this week…come take a look!


Finished – an enabled Nani Iro Recipe No 5

This top was definitely a team effort. The fabric, a beautiful graphic rayon, was sourced for me by the lovely Kirsten of Fifty Two Fancies, after I saw hers, and brought all the way from NZ when she visited last year. The pattern was loaned to me by Anna – it’s a Nani Iro pattern, available in an out-of-print book, or in a draft-it-yourself-from-a-diagram via this link from the Bombazine ladies version.  So thankyou lovely ladies!

I was exceptionally lazy lucky and had the luxury of tracing off Anna’s pattern – the darling had even drafted a neckline facing AND traced full sized pieces. So it was a very quick and easy-peasy little project.

Pretty sure this is the size small, with some added length (as drafted it’s fairly short) and a 1cm FSA. The rayon is a little sheer, so I made my facing out of an off-white cotton. I often make facings or bias binding out of pale pink or off-white to prevent it showing through on slightly sheer fabrics – especially stripes.

Being a loose and boxy design it’s suitable for either a knit or a drapey woven, like my rayon. Check out Anna’s super cute knit version here.

It’s obviously a very simple little pattern, but a nice piece when you want the fabric to shine. It’s sadly way too cold in Melbourne now to be wearing this, but really I should try layering it over a black merino knit for some extra versatility. Or just make another one in wool, maybe with some cuffs. Or both! 😉

On an unrelated note I’m giving Disqus comments the flick – it uninstalled itself after my last post, and is too much of a PITA for me to faff around with, so sadly most of the comments for the last year or so have disappeared. C’est la vie!

Finished – New looks here, new looks there

Oooh what do you think of my bloggy spruce up? It happened quite by accident (although I had been thinking for a while that change was needed). This morning I went to write this post and noticed Blogger had some new templates. I clicked on one, Soho, went ‘Oooh’ myself and slid down the html rabbit hole for the next couple of hours. At one point I believe my header picture was a beautiful photo of some figs, and at another point someone else’s very handsome cat was glaring back at me, but eventually my toes appeared and I was satisfied it would do for another 4 years!

The other New Look I am sharing with you (see, now you get it don’t you?!) is New Look 6411, a simple raglan shift with bust darts, a slight cocoon hem and a neckline facing.

I first started planning a version of this dress last summer, when a client came into work wearing a very cute little denim (or maybe tencel) shift – cap sleeves, relaxed fit, and some pockets in a cross-body seam. I filed it away in my little mental planner, and when I found some very lightweight denim at Spotlight I knew exactly what it would become.

Many patterns were auditioned for this frock, but in the end I went for this one just to try something different. I’ve not made many raglan garments, but I know New Look patterns seem to fit me very well with little alteration so I had high hopes.

I whipped up a very quick toile using a crazy cotton linen print also from Spotty. I decided to cut a 12 sleeve/neckline, 14 bust (as per my measurements) and a 16 hip (also as per my measurements). The fit was really pretty good straight out of the envelope but I ended up adding 2/8 to the side seams from below the bust for just a little more ease to match my inspiration idea. I was able to perform a 1cm forward shoulder adjustment on my toile (thanks to 1.5cm/5/8 inch seam allowances!) using this tutorial and it worked very well. I decided I wanted some shaping in the back and I was also able to establish that the back neck opening really isn’t needed and so for the final version I was able to eliminate the CB seam altogether.

I’m so pleased with the fit of the toile that eventually I’ll make it up properly and wear it as a top (it really is too much as a frock I’m afraid).

And so to the final version – it’s probably easier to just list the changes I made – it seems a lot but really they are just tweaks to get the look I was after:

– extra 2/8 inch on side seams from below bust dart
– 1cm FSA (apologies for switching between metric and empirial but I really do use and think in both!)
– added the back darts of New Look 6808 for some subtle shaping

– shortened the sleeves to be as short as possible and still have a hem allowance
– shortened the length (considerably – several centimetres, strumpet that I am)
– eliminated centre back seam
– added a seam mid-hip to front and back pieces, with inseam pockets. I used this Colette tutorial,  and from memory I suspect I just drafted the pocket pieces myself. The only deviation I took from the tutorial was to attach the pocket pieces with a 1cm or 3/8 inch SA rather than 5/8 inch – it just helps to keep the edges of the pockets rolled in, not so much a big deal if you use self fabric but important if you use a contrasting one.

I hope you don’t mind my photo overload – Anna and I went on a daytrip to Bendigo a few weeks ago and the light in the conservatory was so amazing, and the plantage so beautiful, it was quite hard to pick just a few favourites!

Jamesia Pants Redux – Free Sewing Pattern

The season of barbecues and fireworks has finally hit, and that means it’s time to restore your summer wardrobe to its old glory. Made with Mood’s star-printed denim, this redux of our Jamesia Pants free sewing pattern is perfect for your next holiday party. Pair it with a classic cotton shirting for a look that gives off some serious Resort vibes, or try a chiffon crop top to stay equal parts elegant and cool.

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For this version of the Jamesia Pants, I took the side seams in just slightly at the knees and frayed the bottom hem for a bit of a vintage look.

To do this, stop your seams about 1″ from the bottom of your pants. Pull at the horizontal threads at the bottom of your jeans using a seam ripper like you see below. Carefully pull the threads off of your garment, one or two at a time, until you reach the stitching at the seams of your jeans. If needed, you could also stay-stitch just above the frays to make sure the fraying doesn’t continue up your pant leg.

And that’s it! Super simple DIY to stay on trend. Will you be giving this a try with your next Jamesia make?

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Made by a Fabricista: Ready, "Set", Go!

Happy Saturday Loves!

I am officially on summer break and I am so excited that I will have all the time in the world to sew.   I am ready to embark on my summer challenges and tackle and learn new skills.  One of my main goal before the end of this summer is to make a lined jacket and prep for a fall coat.  I have been dreading it for years and plan to overcome my fear.

Now let’s get to the chase!  I am so in love with this set! When I saw a linen rayon blend for May Julie’s pick, I ordered it and when it arrived, I knew I wanted to get a different color linen rayon blend for my June’s Fabric Mart post.  I love the feel the texture and the fact it doesn’t wrinkle as much as 100% linen.  Go grab a few yards here before it is sold out!

When the fabric arrived, I quickly went to work with a muslin for the top as I wanted to make a matching set .This top is made using Simplicity 8927,  Mimi G’s summer pattern.  My goal was to make the set but after my struggles with the top I decided to create a crop pants instead.

 I did make a wearable muslin in denim and had so many challenges and decided to try the dreaded buttonholes again. Little did I know I have been using the wrong foot (a Brother’s foot) with my Husqvarna Vikings Jade 20 sewing machine and had to reorder a new one.

With this version, I added an extra 1/2 inch to the side seams for a looser fit and extended it by 2 inches for a less crop look.  To extend, I slash the pattern about an inch from the last button (above the front tie) then added 2 inches so that it will be perfect for the set.  I also modified the back pattern piece (lengthening by 2 inches) matching notches from front and back piece. The new buttonholes are exactly 2 inches apart.

I used a solid blush pink to line the front of the pattern pieces as I did not have enough.
  I do love the contrast tie.

When I attempted with the correct buttonhole foot at home, I still encountered challenges again but refused to give up.  I wanted to push through and when I visited the dealer for help the 2nd time around, it was a minor mistake I was making and I was able to get the buttonholes done.

These pants are my 3rd version (see version 1 and 2 here) using Simplicity 8558 Mimi G’s crop pants pattern which is perfect for my body type. This “easy to sew” elastic waist crop pants style was made an early morning before going to work. I prepped and pin the night before and it literally took an hour and a half to sew. I did modify the waistband pattern by adding an extra 3/4 inch to both the top and bottom of the waistband and using 2 different sizes of elastic as I wanted a wider band (Previous post here with steps on creating a snug waistband).  I also ensured that the elastic casing was a bit more snug for the bottom row and stitched both rows down.

 I did not plan to stitch down the elastic at first but wanted to try this technique again.  I am absolutely happy I did as I love the fit and how it lays flat on my waist!  I do plan to share a step by step insta-story on how to modify different waistband and save it on my Instagram highlights.

I truly love separates as I get to maximize my looks.  (Check out a  previous set made using 100% linen here).

 I am gearing up and creating a vacation capsule one set at a time and plan to wear the pants or skirt this Fall to work.

What are your summer sewing plans? Thank you so much for reading and be sure to check out my Instagram page as I do plan to share beginner tips and techniques throughout the summer.  Don’t forget to stop by my blog to check out my last set a “faux jumpsuit” I made.

One Love,
Marica! Overdriveafter30

Polka Dots for a Wrapped Top

Mood Fabrics' polka dot poplin used to make McCall's 7892Polka dots, I just love them but sometimes have trouble finding them for garments I make.  Not this time, Mood Fabrics has this amazing polka dot in 5 colorways and reorderable.  What is this fabric?  It is a Mood Exclusive, Dipping Dots Cotton Poplin and I used the green.  Green is not a color I normally gravitate towards but this one just called my name.  I am so happy it did, I love this color and this fabric.

Green polka dot poplin from Mood Fabrics is the perfect fabric for summer sewing

This poplin has an amazing hand, bright color, sews and presses beautifully.  It is 100% cotton and the Mood description states as one of the suggested garments a wrapped dress.  Well, I didn’t need a dress but I did want a wrap blouse.  I went with McCall’s 7892,  with  several choices of sleeves and length options.

I love the big bow on the blouse and the flared peplum just to name a few of the features of this pattern.

Mood Fabrics' green polka dot poplin has the perfect hand for the bow and wrap for this McCall's 7892

This pattern has gathers at the bottom of the front bodice and center back bodice, attaching to the waistband.


A great feature for the bustline, plus I felt like this helped with the wrap portion of the top.  My top does not gape at all.  One adjustment I do on wrap tops is to shave off a bit from the bottom of the wrap.  Just the portion that is the wrapped under (left).  I just do it at the end, about an inch, this pulls the under portion in and helps form to the body.

The waistband is nice and wide, interfaced and self-fabric for lining.  I could not have asked for better fabric, this polka dot poplin was the best to sew and took a press beautifully.

Even though it has a crisp hand, the peplum portion of my blouse drapes beautifully.  The instructions have you place four hook and eyes to the inside of the waistband.  What a great idea, it holds that waistband in place and then the tie doesn’t do all the work.  Now I just did two hook and eyes, eliminating the ones next to the front edge.  My weight fluctuates and I could use the bow to determine the tightness of the blouse and just let the inside ones keep that part in place.  In retrospect, I might need to add those hook and eyes to the outside portion.  The weight of the bow does pull the waistband down and keeps it from all lining up.

Let’s talk about the length of this blouse; I added one inch to the bodice and one inch to the peplum.  The inch to the bodice makes it fit and feel so much more comfortable.  The inch to the peplum was something to make the length a comfortable one for me.

The sleeves are different than any option on the pattern envelope.  Truthfully I didn’t have enough fabric and had planned to do the sleeves from dress C.  I am so happy I didn’t have enough fabric, the flounce on the sleeves would have been too much for me.  A nice short sleeve is perfect and lets the wrap and the peplum be the focus of the garment lines and the polka dot be the statement of the garment.  I did flatten out the sleeve cap, it just wasn’t easing in nicely.  By flattening the cap just a bit, my sleeve insertion was so much better.

Once again I need to praise this fabric, I loved sewing it.  The press on this poplin was what dreams are made and pretty wrap tops love.  This is a reorderable fabric, but don’t wait go get some, it is perfect for summer sewing.

Now if I could just teach my dog to take my photos, but he would rather be in them!

Happy sewing, hope you pick up some polka dots, you will love it.

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