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McCall’s 7892- a 40’s vibe top

I made a top recently using McCall’s 7892. This top has a little bit of a 40’s vibe to it. I like how the front wraps around and I also like the gathers at the shoulder. I love the midriff band. This top would look great with some high waisted pants or skirt. I thought I was finished with this project but I’m still trying to decide if I will add the skirt to it because, as a top, it’s really too short for my taste. If I end up not adding on the skirt to make it into a dress, I’m sure I have some high waisted pants that will go with it.

This project started off as a sort of wearable toile since I wanted to see if I would like this blouse for a recent fabric purchase that I made. I’m glad I decided to make a toile because it ends up that it’s not the right fit for my fabric purchase.

Here is the pattern. View A is the top that I made and View D is how it would look like with the skirt (and tie at the waist) attached:

As a top or as a dress, this is a great pattern. I know I will use it again because there are so many options, not just the 3 shown on the front of the envelope.

Happy Sewing!

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McCall’s 7977- A Prairie Blouse

I noticed that there is a #Targetdresschallenge happening on Facebook. Target is selling these Little House on the Prairie style dresses and people (men and women) are posting themselves wearing them outdoors, on a farm, with chickens, etc. It’s hilarious.

But I must say, the prairie look is pretty cute, as long as it’s not overboard. Ruffles on a blouse or dress is a very pretty look. That’s why I really like this blouse. I call it the “Prairie Blouse”.

McCall’s 7977 is described as a loose fitting, pullover top. There are 4 views included with this pattern. There are 2 lengths of sleeves- long or above the elbow. There are two options for the sleeves- with cuffs or elasticized with a little ruffle at the bottom of the sleeve. There are 2 types of yokes- sheer or non-sheer. The back neck has a keyhole with button and thread loop. You can elasticize the waist or leave it as it is. There is also an option to put trim on the bottom.

I recently sewed up two blouses using this pattern. For my first one, I chose view B. Instead of the cuffed sleeves, I put elastic at the very end of the sleeves. Also, instead of sewing up the neck facing, I used bias binding to finish the neck. Although I cut out the keyhole at the back neck, I kept the bias binding all around the neck (not unattached) since I was able to fit my head through. I used a shirting fabric that I purchased from FabricMart. Here’s the finished product:

I made another blouse minus the keyhole at the back neck using black cotton fabric that I had in my stash.

If you’re tired of wearing sweats and T-shirts, these prairie blouses are perfect to wear when you want to feel a little dressed up while lounging around the house. Happy Sewing!

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McCalls 7970- A Wanna-Be Wrap Dress

I finished sewing up this McCalls 7970 dress and I am very happy with the results. McCalls 7970 is described as a loose fitting, pullover dress with an elasticized waist.Β View A has bodice and skirt flounces. View C and D has a multi-tiered skirt as well as a side front slit and belt. I chose View B which does not have any tiers or flounces but has very pretty sleeves and appears as a wrap dress but really isn’t. It’s a wanna be wrap dress.

I chose View B, mostly due to the amount of fabric I wanted to use which was 2 yards. It was a choice between view A or B. View A states that 1 7/8 yards is needed for my size. View B states that 2 and 1/8 yards is needed. It was a choice between View A or B and I have enough sleeveless dresses, so B it is! Luckily, for me, 2 yards was all I needed and worked perfectly for me for view B.

I chose fabric that I purchased from a little store in Downtown L.A. There you can chose any fabric for $1.99. The fabric isn’t the very best quality but good enough for me. Suggested fabrics for this pattern are crepes, cotton blends, georgette and stable knits. The fabric I used is a bubble crepe.

Besides the amount of fabric, I chose view B because of the sleeves. They look so fluttery. I also like how this dress looks like a wrap dress. The bodice crosses over and the front skirt panel has two sections sewn together making it look like a wrap dress.

I would definitely recommend this pattern since all the views are very pretty. I can see myself sewing up all views as well as hacking view D with the view B sleeves. I like the flounce of view A. I really like the tiers on View C. The tiers is a really popular look and I plan to make this view next. It’s perfect for the summer.

I was thinking the other day that I have made a lot of new dresses lately, but because of our current situation, I have nowhere to go. Which is ok. It’s actually even better because I notice that I don’t feel rushed or pressured to finish a dress. There’s no stress involved. I get to practice this craft and take my time. If I run into a mistake or a setback, it’s no big deal. I put my project aside and save it for another day with little worry or concern. I save it to tackle for later. I can feel that it’s truly the process not only the product. It’s actually quite relaxing and that’s a great feeling.

Happy Sewing!