What a fun top! This is a McCall's pattern for four versions of a princess seamed blouse. I simply love this pattern! I believe this will become a TNT for me!
Here is my version and review.
Here is the description from the back of the pattern envelope: Shirts A, B, C, D have princess seams and button closures, shirt A has collar band and short sleeves with cuffs; shirts B, C, D have collar, collar band and below elbow length sleeves; shirt B has sleeves with cuffs shirt C has sleeves with turn back cuffs with tabs; shirt D has sleeves with drawstrings, separate pattern pieces provided for A/B, C, D cup sizes. pattern image
Suggested fabrics: lightweight fabrics such as cotton, cotton blends, challis, crepe de chine, charmeuse, silk rayon, handkerchief linen.
Pattern Sizing: This is a multi-sized pattern. I used a 14 for this top.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I believe that is looks just like the drawing.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
This is a well written, well configured pattern. Everything fit together well, notches matched up. If you are a beginner and haven't sewn a blouse, this might be the pattern for you!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really love these 'cup' sized patterns. They eliminate the need to complete an FBA. I have had wonderful success with every pattern that has cup sizes included.
I used 100% linen from SR Harris in Minneapolis. I love the turquoise and orange combination. I was able to use orange buttons for this blouse. How often do you get to do that? I love orange!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made a 1/2 inch swayback alteration and am glad I did. Design changes include a great deal more topstitching than is included int he pattern. The pattern instruction have you top stitch the front band. I included topstitching on the princess seams, around the collar band, the sleeve bands, and a double row on the hem. I used a beautiful rayon Sulky thread that matched so well I simply had to use it a lot on the blouse.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have a few pieces in my stash that I am eying for versions B & D. They are different enough from A that I can use this pattern at least three times, if not many more!
Yes, I do recommend this pattern to others. It is fast, easy, ripe for embellishments, and fun to put together. If you are speedy, this could become an instant gratification project--it is that easy!
This is a great pattern. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long to sew it up!
Thanks for reading!