Sunday, December 31, 2017

McCall's 7688 and December Wrap-Up


I bought this pattern because my daughter wanted a ruffle front top. If I had known it was just top-stitched to the front I may have just drafted the ruffle onto the well fitting Ottobre sweatshirt for her!

But no worries. I was torn between this pattern and the loose fitting raglan sweater with ruffles from the 12/2017 Burda magazine. This one won. I didn't have a fabric I thought would work well with the Burda. Although I was very excited about this one, I think the pique is a bit too stiff for the ruffles.


I used a size Medium which is typical for me with s/m/l patterns. I added 2" to the hem band ( just moved it back from the fold) because I didn't want it gathered into the band.

The instructions have you stitch the ruffle onto the front, wrong side to right side, leaving a raw edge. No. Thank you. I don't mind a raw edge on the 'loose' end of the ruffle but didn't want it that way on the body of the top itself. I marked the stitching line and then marked a line 3/8" away (the ruffle has a 3/8" seam allowance) and used that to line up the edge. I then topstitched it in place right sides together and pressed. Because this is a cotton knit, that worked fine, I did not need to topstitch in place.

I found the neck binding to be a tiny bit wide and the neckline too high but otherwise, I like the fit.  I don't dislike it, I just think it's a lot of look for me. I LOVE THE PRINT! And the pattern is fun...I just think it needs more drape. But I'm not counting it out yet. We'll see if I reach for it. I am now considering removing the bodice flounces and just leaving the sleeves. We'll see!


Yesterday, I said to myself, you should take pictures today...it's so bright... Where is the sun today? The sun is gone. GONE.  Sigh.

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I've sewn ALL THE THINGS this month! I was talking with a sewing buddy and said, I did other things, I SWEAR! I went to see 2 movies, I binge watched 2 shows with my daughter (The Mist & Black Mirror), I hung out with friends and family...and I sewed A TON! :)


  • Burda 3/2013 pants in plum suiting
  • New Look 6530 top and skirt in navy Ponte (UFO - wah!)
  • Burda 10/2017 sweatshirt in blue sweatshirt knit
  • McCall's 6886 dress in black sweater knit
  • Simplicity 8424 leggings in blue cotton jersey and grey cotton jersey (to be reviewed)
  • Simplicity 8424 top in denim-blue knit (tbr)
  • Burda 6659 joggers in navy french terry and grey star print French terry (tbr)
  • Butterick 6427 tee in black cotton jersey (tbr)
  • McCall's 6886 top in animal print pique knit
  • Butterick 5760 skirt in black wool blend suiting lined in pongee 
  • Burda 7107 (also 3/2012 magazine) in green wool jersey
  • Vogue 9032 pants in black wool blend suiting (tbr)
  • Burda 11/2007 blazer in black wool blend suiting lined in pongee (WIP)
That's a whopping 16 items! Eek!!! You'll notice the color palette of my loungewear was very simple. Since most of that was serger/coverstitch work I wanted to minimize the changing of threads. I still want to make a black pair of leggings and the grey hoodie from the January 2018 Burda mag. I had other pieces on the list but I don't *need* them so they'll have to wait.

I am IN LOVE with my black suiting pieces!! My lining for my jacket is partially constructed; I am a little under the weather so it's taking longer to finish. I have one more item for this mini collection. 

Dark and almost useless teaser pic:

hahaha! :)

Favorite: I have too many favorites to list this month! The 3-piece suiting wardrobe, the green top turned out better than I anticipated! The star-print joggers - LOVE.  The loungewear has been perfect...A great month and successful sew-cation!

Fails: NL6530 is not looking good. Well, the skirt is amazing and may be my new TNT knit skirt. I may have to scrap the top which makes me sad :( 

Accomplishments: I am in awe of myself with my finishing on V9032. Can't wait to share them! Also, I persevered something SERIOUS with the Burda jacket - more on that when I review it. Also, the fact that I have reworked the NL6530 top TWICE. That is very unlike me.  I'm going to try one more thing and then it may go bye-bye.

Now I have a crazy backlog of stuff to review, I need to lay out my goals and plans for 2018 (also my 5th sewing anniversary! yay!!) and my January plans are simple: Finish the blazer, sew the hoodie, and sew Burda 6853. I am traveling this month and I have my certification exam at the end of the month so I doubt there'll be a ton of sewing. 

Until later...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! 

27 comments:

  1. You can really crank them out!! You are so amazing! I really like this top on you. The print is fantastic but I agree, I think it would look better with only the sleeve ruffles. If you removed the bodice flounces I think you would wear it a lot more. Happy New Year and I am looking forward to more of your posts in 2018.

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    1. Thank you!! I do think I'm going to remove them. I'll remake the pattern with something with more drape and use the bodice ruffles.

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  2. Happy New Year! I want to add that Mccalls top to my list, this is the second time I am seeing it, and it is just so cute! I think I like ruffles...a lot, lol! I am not sure how I feel about what you said about the construction, though. I love how much you got accomplished this month! WHOA!!!

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    1. You should totally make it!!! It is a very cute top!

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  3. Happy New Year! :D Can't wait to see the details on that Burda jacket -- your Instagram photos of it have looked great.

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    1. Thank you!! I love that jacket! It's not perfect but it's a good accomplishment!

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  4. Happy new year. You are so prolific... you sewed 16 items in December alone!! I'm impressed. I could not do the ruffles on the chest... see how it goes?

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    1. Thank you!! I think they're coming off. I'm afraid I may not wear it much otherwise which would be a shame because the print makes me happy!

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  5. You are truly amazing with 16 sewing items completed in one month. I say that is remarkable just as your are. May the New Year be filled with creativity, Peace and Joy.

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  6. "I am a little under the weather so it's taking longer to finish" lol. You accomplish more sewing than any sewist I know. You do great work and you're not afraid to stretch yourself. I recently read about a fashion entrepreneur who stated her business began to grow when she decided to take her business seriously. Your sewing is extremely productive because you take it seriously--and I admire you for this. Now, onward and upward into 2018! #TeamSeriousAboutSewing

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    1. Thank you! Hopefully my body will rid itself of this virus soon! Wah!

      I am very proud of my growth with the hobby. It makes me happy!

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  7. Happy New Year. I love reading your blog -you try so many different things.
    Stay warm!!

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    1. Thank you!! I am not one for being contained--in any area of life! lol!

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  8. That top is awfully cute.
    Your list of sewing is very impressive. How do you do it?

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    1. Thank you!! Well, this month I was off work for a chunk of time! But otherwise, I have deduced that I am just a fast sewer. I don't rush; but it just never seems to take me as long to get through things.

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  9. Happy new year to you and your family.
    Love all your new makes.. Lots of sewing fun.

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  10. I don't know how you manage to get all this sewing done! No wonder you get bouts of insomnia!! Still, you make all the patterns the rest of us don't quite get around to, so we can enjoy them that way :) Happy New Year, and I look forward to reading your blog next year...

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  11. Happy New Year to you! Enjoy reading your blog and look forward to continue to read and admire your makes for 2018. Love the new top!

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  12. I like the sweater, I really like the way the wrong side peaks through, the black adds a nice touch. I recently made it twice and It's on my table to make again with just the sleeve ruffle, great minds! I have the New Look and wanted to work that up, I'm tempted to wait for your thoughts on it or maybe I'll redraft M7688 with NL's neckline and go the easy way out. I've enjoyed your blog this year!

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    1. Thanks LaQuana! I love both of your versions! The striped one looks like it is truly the perfect weight knit. I may have to troll the stash for a piece of jersey!

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  13. Simply amazing! I started sewing clothing 3 years ago and continually watch your work and your skills improve. We are similarly built and have similar clothing styles, so your reviews are helpful. I've learned to petite burda patterns from you and a few short cuts along the way. I love to watch you move forward and often use you as my yardstick. LOL. I think at some point it just 'kicks in'. Oh, I get it...and I'm thankful for that. You keep it real and encourage me without even knowing it. I will never sew as prolifically as you, but the journey has been fun. So thank you and Happy New Year!

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  14. You always amaze me with your sheer amount of sewing. I which I had that time and energy (and maybe budget!). I am also always impressed with the detail -- Happy New Year!

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