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Friday, 12 February 2016

McCall's 7247 Top

This was another piece to get me through the big Asian freeze - actually it got to almost zero C in Hong Kong which is the coldest it has been for 60 years so a few new sweaters were fully justified!

This is McCall's 7247, I made view B, but with the longer back of view C/D.  Most of the reviews I've seen have been for the curved front version shown on the model and a lot of people seem to have found that it comes up much shorter than it appears on the model and that the crossover can open up. Views A/B  don't have that problem as it is not a crossover, but an extra overlay on the front.




This overlay feature was perfect for the cream coloured sweater knit I used since there is no chance of it being remotely see through on the front.

This is a quick and easy top to make, the only change I made from the instructions was to sew the sleeves in flat.  I serged the seams and used a twin needle on the hems, where I had some problems with tunnelling, but was too lazy to unpick them - at least they all look the same, I'm calling it a feature!

I made a straight size 12 with zero adjustments, have to say my last few McCall's projects haven't had the excessive ease problem that I used to have with them.  This size 12 fits my size 12 dressform really well too (definitely no vanity sizing on chinese dressforms!).




Wearing this in real life and actually moving around, that overlay does drape a bit more and can swing towards the centre front and pull on the neckline a bit.  I don't mind this, I think it emphasises the overlay more, but something to consider.  Of course I have totally failed to capture this in my photos where I wasn't moving around very much!




I was slightly put off making view A/B from the comments in some of the reviews, but I might try and modify the pattern so that the bottom layer extends right into the side seam so there is no danger of belly exposure!  Anyway, this is a good basic with a few interesting pattern variations and my cream version goes perfectly with my new brown Jalie Eleanor pants (coming next!) and will probably see a lot more outings before spring arrives.

12 comments:

featurezip said...

What a gorgeous top on you! And a top worth considering :)

Levone said...

Lovely top!

Cynthia Baudendistel said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer A. said...

I have this pattern and I have been stumped with what to do with it. Thanks for the tips. You've given me some ideas. Yours look great!

katherine h said...

Good to know about the McCalls sizing...I have not considered their patterns for years because the sizing had seemed so off. Time for another look. Your top fits great.

Sabrina Dotson said...

I have been on the fence about that pattern but gosh, it cute on you! I couldn't tell if it was just a drape and it flies open.

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

This is great on you! I especially love your fabric choice! Another pattern I've got to go and check out now.

Frenie Agbayani said...

That's a great clothing patterns! Very clever and even the lining is interesting.

calicostretch said...

Oh I do like this and the colour works so well. Perfect for extreme cold!! The cross over front with its asymmetric hem is a goodie too. Keep warm.

Gail said...

Great basic top. If you don't want to mess with altering the A/B version, there is a 2015 Burda magazine design that does just what you want.

velosewer said...

It's a really cool style Allison.

Sharon said...

Lovely top and I like the overlap might have to check this pattern out.