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!


New Look 6525- Black and white plaid top

I made New Look 6525 a few months ago. I was excited to give this pattern another try and this time, to make a dress for myself. I made a dress and a top for my daughter using this pattern a couple years ago. New Look 6525

I had some fabric in my stash that I bought to use with another dress pattern. I bought it a few years ago so it’s been in my stash for many years. I finally decided to use it for this dress instead. It’s a double knit fabric. I had a little difficulty making the gathers for the skirt and with this project, I learned that I could make gathers using my serger. What a game changer! I had difficulty attaching the gathers to the bottom of the skirt as directed so I ended up making the dress into a top.

Plaids don’t match but that’s ok 🙂

I actually like it as a top. It’s really comfortable. Plus I think I’m more likely to wear it as a top than as a dress.

Happy Sewing!


New Look 6525- A comfy at home top

My last sewing project of 2020 was sort of a wearable fail, which I guess is appropriate for the end of 2020. It’s New Look 6525 which I made into a top instead of a dress. I used a knit fabric that was a bit difficult to work with because it was so stretchy. I also only had about a yard and a half of fabric, which is why I decided to make a top rather than a dress.

This project didn’t end up as intended. I wanted to make the round neck but I had difficulty with the neck bias binding. It didn’t turn out very well. So I used what extra fabric that I had left to make the cowl neck. Because I didn’t have much left, it is shortened by an inch, but it still worked out.

I also forgot to shorten the sleeves for my arm length so I had to also re-do those as well. I had to cut off about 3 inches to make it work for my arm length. When I sewed the sleeves and sleeve cuffs back on, one of the cuffs was about 1/2 inch longer than the other.

As for my re-dos, I had a very hard time unpicking the seams apart because of the stretchy material. Also because of the stretchy material, I decided not to hem the bottom since the fabric probably won’t fray anyway.

Due to these mishaps, this is going to be an “at home” top, but a very comfy one. On a positive note, it was a very good lesson in sewing. I learned a lot making this top and that’s always a good thing.

Happy Sewing!

New Look dress