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Sunday, March 27, 2016

McCall's Hippy Shirt!

Another tunic you say?  Yep!  Here is the top my hubby dubbed the 'hippy' top.  Do you agree?  I'm still not clear if it is the print or the shape that reminds him of the hippy era.


Sorry about the wrinkles!  I wore this to Easter dinner at my parent's home which is about 40 miles away.



So here is the pattern I used (McCall's 7357):


And, here's the description: Loose-fitting, pullover tops have neck band, self-lined yokes, applied tab, side-front and side-back seams, three-piece sleeves, shaped hemline, and narrow hem. A: Short sleeves and contrast panels. A, B: Stitched hem on sleeves. B: Three-quarter length sleeves, and front sleeve and side slits. C: Purchased trim. C, D: Long sleeves gathered into binding.
Includes separate pattern pieces for A/B, C and D cup sizes.What? Separate cup sizes?  SCORE!

 So I made a mis-mash of B and D.  I used the length of D and the slight bell sleeve of B with the 3/4 length.  
This can go together really quick, despite the many pattern pieces!  I however made it more time-consuming by using french seams almost everywhere and also applying the minty green rick-rack on the front and along the sleeve seams.  I really like the trim!  

The instructions for this are very good and despite using this colorful fabric that shifted everywhere, I am very happy with my results!  I wore it today and received many compliments!  Don't you love that?  

My only very minor complaint regarding this top is the narrowness of the sleeves.  If you typically make an adjustment for full biceps or arms, you'll want to do that here as well.  In fact, you'll most likely want to pin the tissue together and see if the sleeve will fit over your arm at all.  
I love this top!  The fabric is from Hancock's.  Isn't it just so pretty, and doesn't it scream happy spring? 
Thanks for reading!
Sue 

26 comments:

  1. Yes- very pretty and springlike! Love it!

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  2. Gorgeous fabric...perfect for spring. Love the style of the tunic too.

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  3. You and I seem to have the same taste in tops -I started cutting this pattern out yesterday and I am using the same mashup of the 2 styles! I am using a white crinkle fabric for the main body and an embroidered fabric for the yoke, upper sleeve and placket. I love the rick rack on yours & the fabric colors. Thanks for the heads up on the bicep adjustment - that is something I always seem to need to do.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! Great minds must think alike! ;)

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  4. Love your top. The fabric is certainly a lot of fun. I just purchased this pattern so I am happy to see how nice yours turned out.

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    1. Thanks Tomasa! I hope you like this pattern as much as i do!

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  5. Lovely top! I just was about to cut this pattern out myself, so thank you for the tips!

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    1. Thanks Ann! I can't wait to see your top!

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  6. Yes, it's the traditional hippy pattern. Your fabric choice is very pretty.

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  7. I love this shirt on you and beautiful fabric

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    1. Thank you Lori! I appreciate your kind words!

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  8. Really pretty! I don't remember seeing this pattern before. I will need to look for it.

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    1. Hi Bernice, this is a newer pattern, I hope you'll find it!

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  9. I think this is one of my favorite things you've posted! Great fabric and it is a very pretty top! I know what I am buying next! That pattern!

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    1. Thank you Julie! I so appreciate your kind words!

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  10. Awesome-I am about to cut this out and was holding off until I got someones review on the sleeves they do read a tich narrow-I'll make an adjustment for that.

    I'm doing mine out of a turquoise,yellow and tan Pucci-esque print, so it clearly calls out for a "Hippie" print! LOL!

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  11. Oh, and I'm making the sleeve with the band, but shortened to a 3/4 length, and the longer bodice, as well. It's a much more versatile pattern than the envelope would suggest, isn't it?

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  12. Thanks for the review, I'm just about to cut this out! Did you need to change the armscye as well, or leave that the same?

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  13. Just finished this and wish I had re-read your review before making it because you mention those very narrow sleeves, but I forgot that part! I had to take out the underarm seams and leave very narrow sleeve allowances and still, they aren't as comfortable as I would like. And I don't have big arms. These sleeves are for someone with very thin, muscle and fat-free arms! The back is a tad narrow, too. But I would try it again, now that I know about these two fitting issues. I will just think of mine as a draft!

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