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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer white with a bit of black lace just for fun!

I. LOVE. white. summer. tops.  Yep!  I stood in front of my closet and wondered why on earth I haven't made many of them?  I gravitate towards them if I am in a department store such as Younkers, Macy's, and Target but when I was evaluating my creations as part of MMM I realized I don't have any white summer tops that I've made.  The time had come to change that...


In pops McCall's 7093 a cute little number that is basically a woven tee with some oomph and in a good way!  I love the color-blocking options, sleeve length variations, and hemline playfulness you get with this pattern AND at a recent trip to Hancock's it was only $1.49.  It was destiny, I had to have it!



I also purchased the white rayon I am made the top from on sale and the 1.5 yards I purchased cost me a total of 5 ish bucks.  I figured even if it didn't wash well, as a muslin it would work. Well, it washed beautifully, presses well and is perfect for creating a breezy top for the high humidity and summer temps that will hopefully eventually arrive!


I made a 14 with an FBA and no other adjustments.  I had the black lace fabric on my cutting board to use for another project and thought, why not?  I had enough to add to the front piece so I basted both pieces together and treated it as one.  Both are machine washable, and the black lace I've use in other applications and it washes beautifully so I took a chance on it with this top.


Construction is super easy.  There are five pattern pieces and if you include the pockets, six.  To create the sleeve shaping you sew darts where the shoulder seams would be.  My darts are much longer than the pattern originally called for.  I would have to make this again to figure out if the pattern is incorrect or if it was due to my fabric.  Guess I will have to make another one in order to figure that out!


One detail I LOVE is that with this new McCall's pattern you create a bias binding from the main fabric and sew that to the right side of the neckline, fold to the inside and topstitch in place.  The facing is now a design element, lays beautifully, and is so much easier to apply and make look good rather than using purchased bias tape.  Kuddos to you if you can make that application look nice!  Not sure why my eyes are closed but we'll roll with it...


I really love this top.  I am wearing it with black capris that are Not Your Daughter's Jeans that are awesome and one of the very last RTW purchases I've made.  I'd love to make a copy of them!

Thanks for reading!
Sue

10 comments:

  1. Very pretty top! This is a beautiful pattern.

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  2. I agree this is a cute pattern & I have it cut out & ready to sew. I love how you added the black lace!

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    1. Thanks Beverly! I can't wait to see what you create!

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  3. Cute! I usually avoid raglans, but I think I'll give this one a try.

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    1. Please try this one! It's really fun to put together!

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  4. I love this top on you Sue. I have the pattern so I think I'll try it!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I hope you will try this!

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  5. Love the color combination. I too also love summer tops in white, but as soon as I am about to make something with red sauce, I have to change because I can't never seem to keep it free of a spot. ha ha If I'm in another color top, I never get anything on it!

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    1. Haha, that is too funny Shirley Ann! I agree!

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