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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Another Henley top

Oh, I love the simplicity of a Henley!  It can be super casual but also a little dressier depending on your fabric and how you wear it.  This is my second time through with this McCall's pattern 6747.  I'll fill you in why I love it so much!

In case you are wondering, here is what the pattern looks like, just in case you haven't seen it.  I love this maxi length version with the stripes.  How adorable and comfortable she looks!




So here is the description from the back of the envelope: Pullover, close-fitting top and dresses have button neck and front bands, and stitched hems.  A: Narrow hem on sleeves.  C: button flaps.  A, C: Pockets.  B, C, D: Fitted through hips.  C, D: Back hemline slit.  



So I made a mishmash of views by using the length of B/C, long sleeves of D but no pockets.  And, I used snaps that I applied with Kam pliers.  I didn't have enough black, so I opted for the red.  What do you think?  It gives it a little pizzazz?  Does it look like I didn't have the right color so I punted? 




  
This pattern is just super easy to put together.  In fact, I cut this out, sewed, and took pictures in about a 2.5 hour time and I was intently watching the Packers/Cowboys game!  Thank you Aaron Rodgers for that win!  


If you've never put in a placket before, the directions are very easy for this one.  I would recommend however that you practice on some scraps before you cut into your pretty fabric!  



My fabric (isn't it cute?) was a little stretchier than I thought so I sewed slowly and thought about using a very small patch of interfacing where the right and left bands come together, but it wasn't necessary.  




I also really like how the neckband is applied as it ends up looking nice and professional. 


I've been experimenting with putting in FBAs and I did this time with some success.  I took a Craftsy class on adjusting the bust and wow, was it helpful!  So now I am a convert and will use this method all the time!  


I love the easy fit of this dress and I really thought about eliminating the center back seam but it does provide some shaping so I left it alone and with the busy print, it works!  I hope you'll try this pattern very soon!


Thanks for reading!
Sue 

16 comments:

  1. I've looked at this pattern in the stash so many times and got scared off by the placket! This looks fantastic on you and the contrast buttons are PRETTY!!!

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  2. Great dress! Love this pattern. And love your fabric, perfect for this pattern and so cute with tights. I admit to doing a faux placket :-) and often leaving it off altogether. Either way, it's such a great pattern, have sewn it 5 times! Looking forward to seeing more from you.

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    1. Thanks Coco! I appreciate your kind words!

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  3. The contrast snaps are perfect, they do add a nice punch of color. Need to check out this pattern, it is super cute but not twee.

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    1. Thanks Hill Country Gal! This is a great pattern, I hope you'll try it!

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  4. I love your dress - it is so charming (and fun)! Please let me know which of the Craftsy classes you took to help you with your FBAs; there are so many options that I get confused! Any advise would be appreciated. Thanks again for the review of this pattern (I have it in my stash and have plans already to make my own version).

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    1. Thanks R Trittel! The Craftsy class is called Adjust the bust by Kathleen Cheetham. I thought her class was very helpful! I hope you find her information helpful as well!

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  5. I swear we have identical pattern stashes! But this is another one that I haven't made yet. Same as Nakisha, I'm scared of the placket in a knit. But with a baby coming in May it would be nice to have some tops I can unbutton for nursing, and I might have to revisit this one! As long as you promise I can handle the placket :)

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    1. Oh try this Beth! The placket isn't anything to be afraid of--pinky swear!

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  6. I love this dress exactly how you made it! The red snaps are perfect and the fabric is insanely cool! Where did you find the fabric BTW?

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    1. Thanks so much snarkyvegan! I found the fabric at Fabric Mart quite a while back and was just waiting for the right moment to cut into it!

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  7. Love the fabric and the fun snaps. Fabulous dress!

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  8. I love that! Cute AND comfy and stylin'.

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  9. Hi Sue,
    I'm another one with this pattern in the stash. May I ask which gadget you use for your snaps? I've been wanting to buy one but got confused looking at options online.
    Great dress!
    Sarah

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