Me-Made May is winding down, but not without a few more revelations that are worth mentioning. I used to wear solids and very few prints – – Not so anymore! My wardrobe is dominated by prints and textures. There isn’t anything bad about this, but I miss the drama that solids bring to the table. A well-cut top or dress with drape and style looks sophisticated and polished when there isn’t the distraction of a print.
Ha – – Look at the volume in these sleeves! You have to admit – this top is dramatic, much more than I realized when I chose McCall’s 7658.
There are many views and options with this pattern (Yay!), but I chose the long sleeve version because it’s still (always) on the chilly side in Oregon. Because of the overlay, recommended fabrics for this pattern include chiffon, Georgette and sheers. I didn’t have any of those in my stash, but I did have a lightweight sheer knit so I gave that a try.
This style looked complicated to me, but the construction steps weren’t hard at all. The long sleeve version has the sleeves built right into the overlay, so makes them a breeze to sew. The trickiest part of the make was the sleeve cuff. You’re supposed to insert elastic to give the cuff a gathered look. I chose to skip that part, since you’d never see those details on my fabric anyway, so I just inserted the cuff without the elastic. The finish of the overlay is simple – – you just turn under the edge and stitch.
Voila! A half hour to cut this pattern, one and half hours to sew! Not a bad way to go…:)
The bat wing sleeves really give this overlay some style and drama. It’s pretty obvious though, that the wrong fabric choice would make this style look, well, pretty hideous, LOL. So, if you’re inclined to give this one a try, stick with lightweight fabrics with lots of movement and drape.
I’m happy to say, there were no adjustments necessary on this pattern for me! I know some people aren’t fond of sleeves with volume, but I think I love this look….it’s sort of cape-like and fun. I just might have to make it again for summer with the pleated overlay in a lightweight chiffon…but wait. I hate sewing with chiffon. Hmmm, what else would work? Any thoughts?
Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!
17 thoughts on “A New Top to Add Some Drama”
I like this type of drama! Lovely top.
Thanks Faye! It definitely fills a gap in the wardrobe,
Cotton gauze or voile, maybe. Very chic.
Thanks,Anne. I love the idea of cotton gauze – – I’ll give that some thought!
I saw no appeal in that pattern before this, but yours is fab. Perfect choice of fabric!
Thanks, Su. I was lucky I had this Fabric waiting in my stash.
Thanks so much!
Looks great! The dark solid colour really does help with the drama.
Thanks! Yes I went through a phase where I’d decided to give up dark colors, but I think it works well here.
Love it. I wondered how this top would look. Thanks!
I’m glad you like it:)
Beautiful top and one you’ll probably wear a lot more than you probably expected when you made it – you suit navy!
Thanks, Kathleen! Yes, I think this is destined to be a regular in the wardrobe rotation!
Perfection! Your fabric choice is perfect with this great pattern. I love those sleeves!
Thanks, Diane! I wore it out last night and really enjoyed its ‘vibe’. Such a fun design!