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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TOPS! McCall's 6752 and Sew Simple A1523

These were both sewn in June. I have a serious backlog now; I need to blog 3 MORE projects after this -- all Burda (Jan, May and June)!

Sew Simple A1523 top is also available in S1716, which has tons of other options. I bought this a long time ago, when I was a pretty new sewer. I've made it twice before. I was looking for a knit top to use the rest of that magenta jersey that I used for M7465 and wanted a cowl, but wanted sleeves. And I remembered this one!



Pattern Description:
Misses cowl neck top

Pattern Sizing:
6-16, I cut a 14. The finished bust measurement was 39.5, mine is about the same so I cut it with zero ease. The waist measurement was 33.25 and mine is about 34.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yep!!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were! They were very detailed and accurate.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the cowl, the pleats and the fit through the shoulder. The rushing isn't my favorite. I wanted to remove it but couldn't quite figure it out. It made sense after I inserted the elastic...I'd just shorten it the amount that you're supposed to reduce it to.


I like the way the neckline is finished too. There's a binding for the back neckline and then when the shoulder seam is sewn, it encases it.


I didn't have 1/4" elastic and used 1/8". It stretched out a bit.

Fabric Used:
Rayon jersey from Fabric Mart.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Narrow shoulder adjustment, Sewed side seams at 3/8" through waist and hip.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes. It's a good pattern.


McCall's 6752 was made back in 2013 when it was new and I was new to sewing. It was horrible. I had used a lovely orange-crush colored jersey and the bodice was huge and shapeless.

Back when I was in the FM Fabricista contest, I pulled this pattern out and LOVED the dress (save for the fact that the bodice fabric was from a dazzle knit). I tried to make it again after that but used a lightweight ponte that was still too heavy.

I decided to make this top because I've since seen a ton of cute versions over the years.



Pattern Description:
Pullover tops and dresses have neckline variations, and elasticized (seamed) waist. 

Pattern Sizing:
6-22. I cut a size 14 with adjustments.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were. It has the same neckline construction as the Simplicity top above except the back neckline is just double turned and stitched.



The zipper construction isn't confusing; it just isn't fun to attach gathered fabric to a zipper! :)


I didn't realize that vortex would happen! LOL!


What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really do love the look of this top. I like the banded bottom. I was excited about the zipper accent but my plain black zipper disappears into the print. I wish I would have used the metal zipper I started to use.


Fabric Used:
ITY from Fabric Mart.

ITY seems to be very hit or miss for me. It can be very nice texture and weight...or it can be so.polyestery!! This one is a bit icky-poly feeling. I can wear it to work because work is freezing; but it won't be a casual summer top like I intended. When I first finished it I got too hot just trying it on.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Way back when I used it in 2014 for the contest, I ended up using a size 6(!!!) through the shoulder, a 10 through the neckline and sleeves, and a 14 for the rest.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Possibly! I would really like to make the dress again as both versions that were almost successful were SUPER cute on me.


I still have to blog my Burda 5/2017 yellow polka dot top, Burda 6/2017 black and white dress (which is now my birthday dress!) and got these nearly done today (from 1/2017)


9 comments:

  1. Both tops are superb!! Definite props to you for attaching gathered fabric to a zipper!! I can't even imagine how challenging that would be.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! It was definitely a head scratcher. But it worked out okay!

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  2. I didn't even read this...I'm just glad to see your face. I haven't seen you on IG in a while, and I couldn't think of your new name so I googled your old one. Ok, you're alive. Now I can read the post. You are missed on my timeline!! @ydw220

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    1. Thanks Yolanda and welcome! I deactivated IG awhile ago.

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  3. Did you copy the color blocking on those Burda leggings exactly? Too funny, but they'll definitely be cute!

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    1. Shamelessly!!! I suck at colorblocking!

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  4. Love the tops! Really like the top with the zipper. I have been looking at that as Cennetta Burwell uses it quite often. I guess I'll give it a whirl! Where you been? LOL!!

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    1. She has made it a few times! It's a quick and easy one!

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  5. Both of these look really good. Thanks for always sharing your size info too; it's extremely helpful.

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