Sunday, January 6, 2019

So Close! McCall's 7812



I really like this pattern. It got a bit of flack when it was released but as a peplum lover I was really drawn to view C. I also really liked the deep-but-not-cleavage-baring v-neck.


I sewed a Medium, standard for me. I did a 3/4" FBA rotating the dart into the front since it's ruched. I made my standard 1" full bicep adjustment as well. I've found I don't always need a swayback adjustment if the back has some shaping so I sewed it as is.

It fits very nicely through the back!

The pattern is very straightforward if you follow the directions. Typing this, I almost forgot I nearly had to rip the thing apart. There is a correct order to sewing the front casings and attaching the peplum. If you do it wrong, your drawstring will never make it out of the other end and you may end up cutting an actual hole and darning over it to make it work because attempting to remove stitches in a mesh knit is sadness. At least that's a possibility of what could happen O_o. LOL!!!!

My fabric is a mesh knit from Fabric Mart. For awhile I was amassing these fabrics and then stopped because sewing them can be a real exercise in patience. This one wasn't too bad as it would actually take a press; but it took a lot longer to get the right combo of settings on the sewing machine, serger and coverstitch.

With a dark bra, the mesh isn't too see-through against my skin...
I also tried it with a camisole which works too!

I had to make the coverstitch work to hem that peplum! LOL! 
Once I got the settings right, no problems.

When I finished it, I loved it. Then, wait...

Ah. That neckline is WIDE. Too wide. Like, I'd need another inch to ensure my bra straps would stay covered. Only slightly partly because I need bras with straps set closer to center because I have narrowish, sloping shoulders, but that neckline is wide. The v-neck is amazing though!
This is how it actually fits. 

It's SO perfect otherwise. It makes me sad because I was really wedded to the idea of this pattern+this fabric.

I even made the drawstring from self-fabric! That's commitment! :-p 


I have considered adding some clear elastic through the sleeve portion of the neckline (it's a raglan). We will see because, I just adore this top!! 

ETA: Based on how it functions when it's on, I don't think bra strap holders are the solution. I have put them in garments before! But those garments actually sat on my shoulder anyway. I should mention for the "good" pics, I have my bra straps pulled to the side which is not realistic for wearing the top! They're *this* close to falling off my shoulder --  Look at my left shoulder and you can see how far it's pulled to the side...

I'm not sewing right now -- I did hem my 3rd(!) Butterick 6621 yesterday :) I have a few posts scheduled with the last of November and the rest of December's sewing. I get my MRI results tomorrow...fingers crossed!!!

15 comments:

  1. You could add bra strap carrier tabs. http://dixiediy.com/2013/05/adding-bra-strap-carriers-to-your-dresses-and-tops.html

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    1. Based on how it functions when it's on, I don't think that's the solution. I have put them in garments before! But those garments actually sat on my shoulder anyway. I should mention for the "good" pics, I have my bra straps pulled to the side which is not realistic for wearing the top! They're *this* close to falling off my shoulder.

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  2. It's a gorgeous top, I can see why you like it so much. I was also going to suggest bra strap carrier tabs as a possible solution.

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    1. Thank you Robyn! I don't think carriers are the fix :/

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  3. Could you make a pleated or ruffled double strip of the fabric - about 1” wide, and stitch it inside the entire neckline? Maybe on sleeve hems too so it looks intentional?

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  4. This top is so cute on you, when it lays where it is supposed to, lol! I agree that the fabric and pattern married well together. Also, I love your commitment with the self fabric ties! I hope you get good results from your MRI!!

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  5. Such a lovely top. I know you will make this work out. Best wishes with your MRI.

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  6. I would like to know how tall you are?
    Also what body shape are you?
    You did such a great job with the pattern and material, I may make the same pattern.

    All the best with your MRI results.

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    1. I'm so late! Sorry!!

      I'm 5'5". Viewed straight-on from the front, I'm more rectangular to slightly pear-ish. LOL!

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  7. Gorgeous top! I think your Fabric choice is perfect...I would probably wear it over a shirt or tee and call it a layering piece! That fabric is too cool...,

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  8. A strapless bra would work best. The top is gorgeous.

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  9. Also think wearing it as a layering piece over a (low cut) tank top could work, but strapless bra might be the answer.

    Good luck on the MRI!

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  10. Cute peplum! The neckline is wide. Maybe a strapless bra or a low but higher cut cami. Hope MRI results are good.

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  11. It's such a cute top that the neckline is such a bummer! I hope you can fix it, because you are rocking it. <3

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  12. You're right to adore it. Perfect for you too. I can see the neckline is (too) wide but hope you'll find a way to wear it and feel comfortable, it's worth it.

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