Thursday, April 8, 2010

McCall's 5522

Hallelujah!!  I just made a blouse straight out of the envelope with NO alterations and it FITS!!!  I can see why this is such a popular pattern.  I'm going to make about 16 more of them.
I've been sewing a size 12 (which is one size smaller than my measurements), and adding an FBA.  The last two tops that I've made have been a bit of a disappointment fit-wise.  For this one I decided to just bite the bullet and sew the size 10.  Since this is a "Made for You" pattern with cup sizes, I didn't do an FBA, just used the D cup pattern pieces.  I cannot believe how well it fits.  I was nervous about it, and sewed it with 1 inch side seams (which meant I totally ignored the pattern instructions, but whatever).  I didn't need the extra space.  The fit is amazing.  I didn't like the giant puff sleeves though, so I just used the plain long sleeve from the pattern and shortened it to a cap.  There is a ginormous amount of ease in the sleeve cap, and rather then fight with it, I just made it a puffed sleeve.  Yes, there is that much ease.  But I like it.
If I was the nit-picky type, I'd probably point out the slight bit of extra room in the back, suggesting that maybe a sway back adjustment would have been appropriate.  But I'm not.  This time.  The only change I will make (besides the wee pinch in the back) would be to lengthen it, but that is just my personal preference.  I'm wearing it with my low-rise Jalie jeans, and as you can see, it covers the topic.
I LOVE THIS PATTERN!!

Check my top out on Make it Wear It at The Train to Crazy
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24 comments:

  1. Lucky you -- looks like you have your TNT right out of the envelope! The fit is fantastic.

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  2. I love that top! I must make one! It would be great in so many different fabrics, I want to make one in a super light summer voile. Very cute!

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  3. Beautiful, it fits you so well... Great job

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  4. You must be ecstatic! That blouse looks wonderful on you.

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  5. Yay! I love it when this happens! It looks cute on you!

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  6. Beautiful - this blouse looks great on you

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  7. Congrats on another great blouse!

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  8. Looks great on you! Gotta love those TNT patterns that work right out of the envelope!

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  9. "I'm going to make 16 more of them."

    Truly, I felt the exact same way after making McCalls 3830 straight skirt pattern. There is something so awesome about a pattern that just works right out of the envelope. :)

    I think this shirt looks fabulous on you and fully support you making a grip more of them. Nice work m'dear!

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  10. Oh wow! Great job! I'm going to have to get this pattern!

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  11. Well, congratulations on an excellent fit! I'm sure you must be very pleased.

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  12. That really is a great fit. It's very flattering on you!

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  13. Gorgeous top - welcome to the fan club! I have been so impressed with it I now look for (and have bought) more patterns which offer the different cup sizes.

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  14. That is a Beautiful Blouse Made By You! Congrats on a terrific top!

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  15. Cute top and it's a great fit on you. Nice fabric also..

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  16. That fit is amazing! What is that - a brocade? Very pretty!

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  17. It looks terrific. I like your sleeve adaptation, and the fit is so good!

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  18. What a great looking top. You look fabulous in it! Perfect on some jeans, but I can imagine it would look great on a skirt too. I look forward to seeing the other 16 ;-)

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  19. Adorable - and yes - what a fit!!! That definitely makes me want to RUN out and get it immediately!!

    BTW, I am having one heck of a time trying to tissue fit the Walk-Away Dress - quite frankly, I'm afraid to use my fashion fabric. . .

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  20. Very cute shirt! I love the fabric. It was very funny seeing this post because just yesterday I got out this same pattern to make (I don't think my fabric is as nice as yours). I was thinking about making short sleeves so I was really glad to see that you did that and it worked really well.

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  21. The fit is fantastic. Great job!

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  22. I love it! I really should try to sew for myself. I always sew for the kids. It looks great! The fit is perfect. I absolutely love it!

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