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Friday, 13 January 2017

McCall's 7243 Top

I bought this pattern last winter and never got around to using it which I am a bit annoyed about now because it is a great pattern.  Still, better late than never!

McCall's 7243



I made view A, the long sleeve top, from a lightweight sweater knit in a colour I love - somewhere between cobalt blue and bright purple.


Construction is very straightforward, t's quick to make, the instructions are clear and the pattern is nicely drafted.  I made a straight size 12, my usual big 4 starting point for tops.  The fit in the body is really nice (the pattern is described as close fitting which is accurate I think).  If I make the dress I will size up below the waist as I suspect I'd find it a bit clingy for my personal taste (and bod!).


I will definitely be making this again, the options available make this a very versatile pattern - top, dress, sleeves, no sleeves and contrast collar / sleeves.  I tried the top on before inserting the sleeves just to check the bodice fit and really liked how it looked so I'll be giving that a go in jersey for summer.

I had a right time of it trying to get photos of me wearing it so I've had to adjust the exposure on these so you can see anything, I think the dress form photos show the colour more accurately.  But anyway, you get the idea!  


You can see that in real life wearing, the collar shifts up a bit though this is partly due to my fabric, I think a slipperier jersey would behave a bit differently.  The overlay also looks slightly deeper on the model photo which I'm sure is due to bust size so if you normally do an FBA then the collar would probably need to be made deeper too.  





17 comments:

Marianne said...

Lovely! Great style lines and that colour looks gorgeous on you!

Linda said...

I too love this color. This looks good on you!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

really nice, I like the drama of the collar. I have noticed McCalls has come out with some very good knit top patterns in the last year or so.

KS_Sews said...

It's so nice! I love the color and the fabric looks so nice and snuggly.

Vicki said...

The colour is just the right amount of drama. Very nice.

Tany said...

That's truly gorgeous! That pattern goes straight to my sewing wishlist!

Faye Lewis said...

Allison, you look just like the pattern envelope! I love your top. I have that pattern but have been afraid to give it a try.

Carolyn said...

Wow, that is really beautiful! LOVE the neckline... I think you've inspired me to look this pattern out, thank you for showing it to us!

Pfaff said...

Very very nich.how do. you sew the Seams on the overlay on the Front. With a straigtsrich ?

Pfaff said...

I mean straightstich

Karen Lyon said...

Wow You did yourself proud! That top is a real winner. I suspect that you are right to kidk yourself in the butt for ignoring the pattern for so long. It looks spectacular on you and you say it gave you no sewing issues. That is unheard of. Congratulations!

Audrey said...

I agree, this pattern is a winner. Blue is a great color for you. I made the dress version last winter and am wearing it this winter too.

Amanda S. said...

I love the color and style on you. Great top!

Sewingelle said...

Very nice. I love that colour too.

Nancy K said...

It's a great dramatic top. I am not sure that any fabric wouldn't ride up, but it's worth it.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous top and the collar makes a statement but isn't over powering.

Doctor T Designs said...

Looks great! I was obsessed with this pattern when it came out. I also haven't made it yet, but I really want to. The color selection for your top is perfection, I bet you will get a ton of use out of it!