Saturday, March 19, 2011

Finished: McCalls 5977

I finished another cute top just in time for the whether to begin warming up. If it seems I have been sewing a lot, I have been on spring break with quite a bit of free time. I have decided that all clothes deserve to have a name, after naming my last creation my modern Ellie May shirt. Though not as cute I think I will name this top my "dinner mint" shirt, as it is strikingly close in color to those pastel mints that you get as some restaurants after dinner.

Now, for a few sewing details. The directions for this shirt are pretty clear and simple, though I chose not to follow their directions for the neck and armhole binding. I also chose to cut two of each ruffle, sew right sides together, and then turn so that I wouldn't have any visible stitching lines on the ruffles. (The pattern instructs you to narrow hem the ruffles.) As for sizing this top runs HUGE! I cut a 14, which is a size smaller than my measurements suggests I need, and it looked like a very spring-y potato sack when I tried it on. I will keep this pattern in mind though if I am ever going to participate in a potato sack hop and want to have a far more stylish potato sack than the other contestants plain burlap.  I ended up taking off 2 inches on each side seam to get a closer fit. I should have cut a 12, but a 14 was the smallest size my envelope had. Don't say I didn't warn you!

Happy Sewing!


  1. Very nice. I love the color. It's a perfect spring top.

  2. It's pretty and very flattering on you.

  3. Thank you both for the sweet comments. :]

  4. Great hint re the sizing thanks - its winter here so I'll have to wait a while before the spring material arrives. Off to make a merino top now to keep warm in! Gillian down under

  5. Hi! Found you at Pattern Review! I LOVE this blouse and everythig else you've made! Following! :D