Thursday, August 23, 2012

McCall’s 6512

Pattern Description: Misses Loose fitting blouse with tie option, sleeve option and pockets.  Also, has a high-low hem option.
Sizing: 4 to 18, I made a 12.
Instructions:  I thought they were easy to follow.  Attaching the yoke to the front neckline and sleeve could be a bit tricky but McCall’s has such thorough instructions and illustrations.
Fitting instructions on this pattern are incredible.  This pattern is by Melissa Watson, daughter of Patti Palmer, so everything you know and love from the Palmer and Pletsch patterns is included in Ms. Watson’s pattern.  This includes instructions on the sheet and areas to alter printed on the pattern pieces.
Likes/Dislikes:  I like everything about the pattern.  I really wanted to make view B but did not have enough fabric, so A was my second choice.  I am actually thrilled with this version, in fact, the bow in the polka dot fabric might have gotten lost.  For this reason, I omitted the pockets.  I had them ready to put on the blouse and you just could not see the design detail.
Here is a close-up of the fabric:
close up of 6512
Fabric:  A rayon from Fabric Mart (I believe), This fabric was wonderful to work with and has the perfect drape for the pattern.
Alterations:  I added 1” to the body and used the high-low hem from View B.
Conclusion:   I really, really like this top, it is one of those times  when the  pattern and fabric are perfect.    I will make this again in both View A and View B.  Also, I think Erin would like View A for the middle of her pregnancy  (oh, wow, that is neat to type!) 
I left of the tabs on the shoulders, liked how the sleeves looked on me without the tabs,  Do you have an opinion about the tabs?  I still have the pattern piece cut out so I can add them.

Here it is on the mannequin, not too impressive
McCalls 6512
It looks better on:
McCalls 6512 with red pants

Now here is the high-low hem
hem long

Do you think it is too long, when you can see it through my legs?  Just asking, looks a bit weird to me.  So fashionistas, your input, please.  I am thinking of cutting off at least 1-2” of the back hem.
All those zinnias came up from last years zinnias.  I let them grow and grow since they flourished in our 90 to 105 degree weather.
My serger isn’t back yet but I sewed this like the pattern instructions indicated – with French seams and then the yoke is stitched twice and trim close to the second stitching.
Oh, so nice to be back on garment sewing!
Jesse, son-in-law update, he has had two scans both came back clean!!  Thank you for the emails and prayers for him
Also, thanks for all the suggestions of baby patterns and maternity patterns.  I ordered three maternity patterns from Megan Nielson and a book titled, “Making Baby's Clothes: 25 Fun and Practical Projects for 0 - 3 Year Olds by Rob Merrit”  Also, pulled out all my old Ottobres to start looking through.  I won’t sew much for baby until after October 30th, then I will know boy or girl sewing.
Another thank you, I appreciate the nice comments about my purse pattern and those of you who have ordered it.  Thank you, hope you like it. 


  1. Hi Lori,

    I've been looking at that pattern for a while, might just have to get it. Not sure why I can't stop buying patterns :). I love the polka dot fabric and the punch of red with the pants. It looks way better on you, have a good day!

  2. Major cute top!!! I think you should leave the back the way it is...for sure that is in style now and it looks very nice on you!!! I love the print.

    Wonderful news about Jesse!!!

  3. Love this top, great marriage of fabric to pattern...and especially cute styled with those bright slacks!
    HHmmm, I think I would trim the back a bit. Just my 2 cents.

    Great news for your son-in-law!

  4. Really cute top, Lori. I'd leave the tabs off this version, maybe use them on another version. I like tabs with stiffer/less drapey cottons. If you feel like it needs trimmed, then go with your gut. If it were for me, I'd take some off the back.

  5. i do really like the top and I would leave the tabs off.

  6. Great summer blouse! Definitely the perfect match of pattern and fabric. I bought this pattern when it first came out but in recent weeks I've been doubting my decision. After seeing your version I'm definitely keeping this pattern. Nice job.

  7. Great top! That will take you right into fall, especially with the red jeans.

  8. Such a pretty top and not too long ago my sewing buddy and I were discussing this pattern, which I've since added to my pattern list.

  9. I LOVE this fabric and the top looks great. Since you're soliciting opinions, I don't love the extra long back.

    I have a pair of red "jeans" that I have been wearing out this summer!

  10. I love your blouse! The print is so fun! Looks great with your red pant too!

  11. Lori, I love the blouse just the way it is! In my opinion it is a perfect length and looks great with red :)

  12. I'd leave the tabs off - I think they would get lost with the print anyway and, as someone else said I think, that the tabs would suit a stiffer fabric more (might be nice in linen).

    As for the hem - there's definitely a trend for the high/low hems around at the moment but I firmly believe in making things that feel good on you, rather than slavishly following what's in. If you'd feel comfortable with the back a little shorter, then I'd lop a bit off. You can still keep the high/low, but just in a less drastic or obvious style.

    Great news about Jesse!

  13. This is such a great pattern. I think the tabs are a cute option. Are you going to be making the tie front version?
    So happy for the news about Jesse!

  14. I just finished view A (with the ties), and I found it ran VERY large. According to my measurements, I'm a 12, but I made an 8 with a small bust adjustment to take out more width in the front.
    I don't think you should add tabs (I agree with Maxi). Now that I've seen your version, I can't wait to make view B myself!