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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

I sewed! McCall's 7627

PROGRESS!

I'd grown quite frustrated, spent a crap-ton on 3 fabric orders (sigh) and decided to tweak things based on how my hand felt. The next day, I was nearly without any pain!

Some movements still hurt and I am still alternating between splint and braces as needed, but I am doing much better and got the go ahead to sew as long as I was not in pain. And the moment I realized my hand was getting a little fatigued; I quit.

So I'm very happy to be sewing again but won't be spitting out garments back to back any time soon :) My next project will be to finish B6141 since there's very little work left to do and no cutting involved (the toughest part). Next, I hope to start tracing some of the Burda patterns I want to sew up from August and September while working on a small mini wardrobe from a cut of charcoal ponte. I've sewn lots of FUN this summer and need some basic, solid colored garments - except skirts. I don't need anymore skirts :(

 
On to the review...
 
 
I was surprised how much I was drawn to the cover photo of this pattern when it was released, and found I loved all but view D, so it was a must buy. I also want to make view C at some point (maybe next spring) and I think I'll make view A in something with more drape like a blouse-weight crepe should I get to it.

Laying out the pattern was a ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS!! The sleeve is HUGE. It is just about a yard long and is cut on the bias.


Because shears bother me but the rotary cutter doesn't (yay!); I cut out as much as could fit on the cutting mat, pinned the sleeve to the fabric and adjusted it to cut the rest. Not fun.  Also, follow the cutting layout. I almost went off on my own and I think I would have run out of fabric if I had. (the sleeves and front are cut single layer)

Constructing the first sleeve took 317 hours. Or at least it felt like it. It was very frustrating. I marked the lines with red transfer paper and it was still very hard to see.

So faint! This is sleeve #2 I immediately went over the lines with yellow chalk

I thread traced by hand initially but had to take that out because the lower line of each tuck needs to be eased and my hand stitches were too loose to do so effectively. I probably stretched it out of shape because on the first sleeve, sewing the tucks was VERY hard. I have all sorts of tucks on the under side that I couldn't be bothered to correct at that point!

The second sleeve went better, as expected, but I had the ENTIRE top done before I went back to that sleeve. I just didn't want to go through with it again! LOL!

I kept staring at the one-sleeved top, wanting it, but not wanting to deal with sleeve #2

Overall thoughts:

-The top has A LOT going on but it somehow works! Pleats, the sleeve, the gathers and cuff, the HUGE tie, the peplum...it's a lot of look.
 
 
-The front and back peplum are cut differently. There's very little bias on the front pieces. 
-It's a true wrap; open on the right side.
-I stitched around the tie-opening.
-LOVE the gathering on the belt. And just love it's big, huge, ridiculousness <3

Don't mind all of my blue markings

-I actually love the gathered sleeve. I thought it was too much initially, but it's cute.
-I slip stitched the bands in place by hand
 
Fitting:
-I sewed a 14 neckline/shoulder and 16 for the rest. I should have cut a 14 and did an FBA. Why I didn't, I don't know (lazy? eager??). Before adding the sleeves I thought I had gaping at the wrap. Well, I have A LITTLE and could take a tuck there. But then I found this version of the top at Nordstrom, set the first sleeve in, and allowed it to 'drop' off the shoulder as intended. Ah-ha!! that's how it's supposed to fit! (the neckline isn't as open as the Nordstrom's top)


-I didn't do a swayback adjustment. Why? WHYYYY? Booooo me! I actually think the entire bodice is too long. I would shorten it 1/2" all around

You can see that it isn't just swayback...there's just too much fabric, vertically

-Am very MEH on the pleats. I would change the shoulder pleat to gathers (and do an FBA rotated into the gathers). I don't like the waist pleat at all.

Other points:
-The bands are just a little too tight, they catch when I lift my arms. I measured and told myself to sew them with a 3/8" seam allowance but forgot by the time I got back to them.

-I sewed down the facing on the peplum; on the outer wrap portion only. I had to fix it multiple times during try-on. With the stripe and the fullness and the bow; I knew it would not be visible.

-The 16 called for 4 1/4 yards of 60" fabric -OR- 45". I had 4 yards of 55" -ish fabric and have about 1/2 yard left over. BUT the layout is important because of the huge pattern pieces.

-Aside from the awkwardness of sewing the sleeve tucks, it went together effortlessly. All notches and whatnot matched
-Mind your markings for sure!!
-Serge your side seams beforehand for neatness.

Insides are all serged

And of course, my label <3

It does indeed feel like 'I'm wearing 4 yards of fabric as a top', but not like it's too much. It's weird. I think it definitely has to be styled with slim fitting bottoms. Maybe someone with mile-long legs could pull off a wider leg with it. I'm too short for that!

I think it's a fun top for fall and 'for play' and love that I made it in this subtle stripe.


Because giant bows are awesome

All in all, I feel quite fabulous in this top!!!
 
My daughter saw the in-progress pic, made a fake-cry face, and asked if she can PLEEEEASEEEEE have one in a mustard color. So we shall see. :)

65 comments:

  1. I love this top so much! I'm so glad you got to sew. <3

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  2. That is adorable! You wear it well! Glad to hear that your hand is better and that we'll be seeing more of your sewing soon!

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  3. This top is on my list to purchase when I get to the states (don't think we get the Laura Ashley ones here?) LOVE your version. It's looks so good on you. I don't know if I will feel like a clown wearing it (if I make it) but I need to find out!

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    1. Thank you! I think you can and should ROCK IT!!!

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  4. So I'm not the only one who goes on fabric buying binges when I can't sew? I thought I was just weird!

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    1. I was doing well and then came completely undone. I bought a pair of shoes too. I am SO on restriction!

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  5. It looks SO good on you!! Glad you are easing your way back into sewing--what a garment to come back to. You rock! Your top looks way better than the pattern cover!

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  6. The top looks fabulous, so glad your hand is improving

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    1. Thank you so much Anne. Appreciate it!

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  7. OMG I love this!! It's just so much muchness. Not even my regular style but I want one! Glad you got to sew again :)

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    1. It's SO.SO.MUCH!!!! lol! But in a totally fab way! Thanks Siobhan!

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  8. What a fun top and you look like you LOVE it! Glad your hand is healing and I love that your daughter is requesting a version of this top! Its on my list but after reading your review I know I'll have to psych myself up first!

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth! I recommend my accidental method; sleeve, entire top, sleeve! LOL!

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  9. You look so happy! Nice to hear that you are back to sewing, and I laughed out loud at the 317 hours. A labour of love!

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    1. Thank you! That 7 weeks was pure torture. ESPECIALLY since it happened 3 days after using my new machine.

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  10. Glad your hand is healing. As always everything looks cute on you!

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  11. Wowzas! That is stunning on you! If they don't immediately throw away all existing pattern envelopes and reprint with you on the cover they are insane! Missed your work, glad you are healing.

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    1. Too sweet! Thanks LK! I know I've felt like that too after seeing an amazing garment on a sewer that is 10x better than the pattern envelope!

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  12. Terrific that you're sewing again and that top! It's fabulous! You can definitely pull off that look.

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  13. omg I'm so glad I got this pattern and it looks awesome on you. Great job! I thought the sleeves on that version was too much but you are absolutely right, it just all works. So glad your hand is getting better and you are back to sewing. Can't wait to see what you will sew up next.

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  14. That is an amazing top - and it really looks good on you. Wouldn't work for little me. As for cutting, I have a wrist problem and use spring loaded scissors - they may be a good idea for you to use as well as the wrist does not do much work, the spring does.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! I will check them out.

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  15. All in all you look quite fabulous in this top! glad to hear your hand is less painful but yeah taking baby steps with it is a good idea xx

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Definitely taking small steps so it continues to heal.

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  16. Wow - a complex sew to get your hand back in! Pulled it off beautifully.

    Glad to see you are sewing again. Hoping your hand/wrist continue to improve.

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    1. Thank you! I knew it would force me to slow down. It took me a long time (comparatively) to sew.

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  17. I'm glad you're sewing again! This looks fabulous on you.

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  18. I love those sleeves! Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Julia! They're the most fun!

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  19. I'm glad you're able to sew again!

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  20. That's a great style on you. I think a couple more of these in different colors should be added to the sewing schedule.
    Very versatile and looks really comfortable. Good to see you back at it. Have missed you.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad to be back!

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  21. This blouse is so fun!! I love the giant bow. Glad you got to do some sewing!

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  22. Glad to hear your hand is on the mend! Love that blouse--looks gorgeous on you. There is a lot going on detail-wise, but somehow it all works together and flows.

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    1. Thank you so much Robin! I agree...if someone would have asked me, "do you want a wrap top with pleats, a peplum and extra-large waist tie...and 3 tiered sleeves that gather into a cuff?" I probably would've looked at them crazy! :)

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  23. Yay! I'm so glad you can sew again. This is a gorgeous top. I had no interest in this pattern when it came out, but now I am reconsidering.

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    1. Thanks Becca!! I think it is so fun!!

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  24. This is great! I love the finished top pics...you look so happy to be sewing again!

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    1. THANK YOU!!! You know how crazy I've been going! lol!!

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  25. Looking Good! If the wrinkle at the back waist bothers you, try wearing this with flat shoes. That should tuck your butt in a bit and ease the "sway back".

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    1. Thank you!! I rarely wear flats; I just don't find them comfortable.

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  26. So happy your hand is better and hope it gets completely well, real soon.
    I love/love the top on you.It is adorable.. Fits looks great.. Happy sewing.

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  27. O my goodness this is amazing! You are rocking those ruffles. So inspired by this

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  28. Looks great!!! Your daughter has a great sense of style. This top in mustard would be a show stopper.

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    1. Thanks! There's a cut of crepe on the way for her!

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  29. you did an awesome job, as usual. Looks great on you.

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  30. LOOKS AMAZING. I wasn't really sold on this pattern because... I just can't be bothered sometimes lol but I am really feeling this on you. And I am liking the way it fits on someone with a large bust (which I get weary about with peplums sometimes).. I'm going to add it to my list now.

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    1. I LOVE peplums so much!! But I don't have much in the way of hips. Butt? Yes. Hips? No. So I like how it balances me.

      I think it may be a popular one! I've seen 3 other garments from this pattern already!

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  31. You did a really good job! I love how neat your finishing work is, well done! I purchased this pattern too and fell in love with it because of view B. I purchased a denim camo because I wanted a fabric that would add even more umph to the pattern lol. Noticing that you said you should have done an FBA, may I ask why you didn't?

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    1. Thank you!! Because I get away with cheating often! :)

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  32. It is a lot of look, but it's a good look! The sleeves look super cute on you. And, yay! Sewing! I'm really happy for you. Even if it takes longer, at least it is happening. That's got to be the best feeling.

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  33. Absolutely gorgeous!! I have this on my two make list

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  34. So lovely!! You rock this top! Are you short or long waisted? I'm 5'8 and short waisted and usually shorten bodices but i noticed that wrap dress bodices are usually short. Looks like it's not the case with this pattern.

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