Tuesday, May 10, 2011

McCall's 6078: WINNER

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that I don't have much success sewing with knits. My projects usually fail for two reasons 1) I can just never get the hang of the proper needle/stitch combination (even with my serger) and 2) most knit shirts just don't look that good on me. I am a size 16, so I have some lumps that knits like to show off. However, I am also an hour glass, so anything that is large enough to cover the lumpy areas is going to make me look larger than I am because it will hide the fact that I have a very distinct waist.

I have, however, found a pattern that I kind of like. McCall's 6078.

This is a very easy pattern. Because it is sleeveless, I was able to fit as I sewed. (And I kept good notes so I could make changes directly to the pattern.) There are quite a few reviews of this shirt on PatternReview, and now I understand why. The cowl drape is really nice and not very overwhelming on my larger bust. (Most cowls I have tried are not very flattering on me.)

The stitching leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm still gonna wear it. (You'd be surprised what other people don't notice.) That is something I need to work on for the next iteration. The instructions call for just folding over the hem and topstitiching, and that is what I did, except for the bottom hem. I just chopped off two inches and called it a day. I used a thin ITY knit from Fashion Fabric Club, and since it doesn't unravel, I didn't feel the need to hem the shirt body. I may trim off the seam allowances from the arm and neck hole on the pattern and leave them unfinished on the next version as well.

In spite of it's imperfections, I am pretty happy with this shirt. In fact, I'm wearing it right now. I'm going to make at least one more. Yay!


Sheila said...

The top looks great on you and have become a fan of that pattern.

Myra said...

Nice top - a hint I learned from Summerset of Pins and Needles, use knit interfacing cut in 5/8" strips and fuse to the bottom/hem allowance, then turn that up and stitch in place. Works nice to reduce waviness. I don't even use a twin needle, just stitch down once, usually.

Adelaide B said...

Thanks Myra, I'll give that a try!

Debi said...

This looks fabulous! I love it!!! I have yet to venture into the world of knits...luckily my 30's and 40's patterns don't have them as a fabric recommendation...ehehhehe...but I do adore how they drape!

Faye Lewis said...

Of course I do have that pattern. Don't know why I didn't think about it. I like your cowl top better than the one I just made.