Sunday, April 30, 2017

Year of the Sleeve - McCall's 7542



Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542


The sleeve for Spring 2017 seems to be the trend to have and I am jumping right onto that trend with both feet arms (in this case).  I just want so many of these looks and styles, which means I will be busy sewing statement sleeves all summer long.  For this look, I went with Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Cotton Voile (sold out) but there are several Mood Fabrics’ Voiles in stock or you can look at Mood Fabrics’ Dotted Swiss for the texture of my blouse.  On another note, Amy used this same fabric for a blouse she made for Mood Sewing Network.


 
I have had this fabric in my stash for a bit but knew it would look great for this McCall’s 7542 top.   I went with View C for the pleated sleeve.  Here is another McCall's 7542 I have made
Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542 - pleated sleeve


and another look

Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542- pleated sleeve

One thing I did do on the sleeve was to measure the pattern piece for the pleating and then drew lines with my Frixion pen on the wrong side of the fabric.  This really helped keep by pleats straight and even.  I pinned it all in place and then took it to the ironing board to press the pleats.   I sure didn’t want those lines to disappear before I was done getting all those pleats in place.
Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542

This pattern has a separate cup size pattern piece for A/B, C and D, which is a great feature.  I went with a size 12 and a C cup, using the longer length and adding another inch to the length.  My only issue with the pattern is I think it is quite close fitting and seems to have a close fit at the bottom.  I find it just a bit hard to get on and off!

Here is the back with a small opening and I used a hook and eye closure.  This would be cute with an exposed zipper also.


Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542


 I loved sewing this fabric, it pressed beautifully and the pleats held nicely on my sleeve.  One change I did make was to use a smaller seam allowance on the upper sleeve., I found it too be too tight in the upper arm.

Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542

I am so excited to have this top made in the Mood Fabrics’ Voile, it will be perfect for our hot and humid days.   Another point about the voile, it seems perfect for this top, nice weight and drape.
This beautiful dotted cotton voile was destined to be made into a great top and I love the look of the pattern and fabric combination.  It is always such a happy moment and good feeling when these two elements come together for a fantastic garment.

Mood Fabrics' Cotton dotted Voile for McCall's 7542


On another note - I was planning on making another one of these in View A but my fabric was just too stiff, the blouse became a wadder.  
 The fabric was a cotton poplin and it matched perfectly to my embroidered jeans.

So lesson to pass onto you - soft fabric, drapey fabric for this pattern!

Disclosure - I receive a monthly fabric allowance from Mood Fabrics to make a garment.  These garment are blogged at Mood Sewing Network first and then I will blog here about this garment.
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14 comments:

  1. Finally I can comment... pretty top and loving all you have created.

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    1. Thanks, this is a fun pattern.

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  2. Great color and style!! You did a great job as usual!!

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    1. Thanks, I am so happy with this look and the fabric.

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  3. I ADORE this color and the dotted fabric. I bought JCrew's style of this blouse about two weeks ago. The ironing of the fabric (after washing) is about to drive me nuts. I usually just put on a good show and get my ironing done quickly but this blouse.... I would trade mine for yours in a heartbeat! Great job.

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    1. Thanks so much, it is a nice fabric.

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  4. Those sleeves, they are joyous.

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    1. thanks, the sleeves are great.

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  5. Such an adorable top on you Lori! I too am working on making up this pattern but using the version with the flounces. Fun!

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    1. Thanks, I am loving this pattern and the sleeve options

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  6. Another winner Lori! Thanks for the tips on the sleeves being tight and I also think that an exposed zip would look great!

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  7. Love the color of our fabric! Top looks great! Thanks for the sewing tips as I have this pattern and hope to get a top made.

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    1. Thanks so much, just make sure about the sleeves

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