Wednesday, June 29, 2011

McCalls 5929

This pattern kept popping up on PR and in blogland, and I've been wanting to sew it for some time. I'm hoping to catch the tail end of the ruffles trend...
The pattern is McCalls 5929, alas now OOP. I think I love everything about it. Cute ruffles, puffed sleeves, shaped front bands - everything!
Alterations I made were mostly for fit. I made view A, but with only one ruffle. I mostly cut a size 10, but I think (I traced and altered this during the crazy week before we moved) I blended out to a 12 in the back shoulder and below the waist. I did a 1 1/2 inch FBA, but took out the added fullness below the bust by including it in the waist contour dart. I also added 1/2 inch to the arm band as the reviews on PR mentioned that it was snug. This isn't an alteration I generally have to do, so if you are making this up, be sure to check and make sure the band is a comfortable size.
The fabric is a pink and white seersucker from Fabric Mart, which is apparently from Calvin Klein. I feel so posh! It was lovely to sew, and it feels very nice to wear. I had plenty left to cut out a matching ruffled blouse for Myra. I think she'll like it.
I used pink pearl snaps as closures rather than buttons. I love the way they look. I also really adore the neckline on this blouse. The front bands angle out above the top snap to form a vee neck. Since I never fully button a button up blouse, I think this neckline looks much cleaner than the typical straight band that flops around when unbuttoned.
The fit is reasonably good. I seem to have been a bit aggressive with the FBA again. I wonder if that has more to do with the fluctuations of nursing than actual fit. It isn't a problem I generally have.
I'm thrilled with the fit in the back! I generally have some pulling across my broad shoulders, but between cutting the shoulders in the larger size and the generous puff of the sleeve, it feels great! It looks like I should have pressed my darts a little better though.
And the final verdict? I think I love it! I can already tell it's going to get a lot of wear. It's great with the white jeans for schlepping kids to gymnastics while still feeling cute, but it'll dress up nicely for church with a black pencil skirt and a skinny belt.

25 comments:

  1. Great top, love the fabric! I have that pattern and have been meaning to sew it up. It just jumped to the front of the line...

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  2. This looks fabulous on you! Love it!

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  3. Very nice! I love the fabric. I really like the ruffles too. Surprisingly I haven't jumped onto the ruffle train yet.

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  4. Love the ruffles! I've been wanting to make a top just like this!

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  5. This is so pretty . I love everything about it , I actually have this pattern but I couldn't envisage what fabric to use . Your pink Seersucker is perfect.

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  6. It's such a pretty, feminine blouse! And it looks great on you, especially when paired with those fab white jeans.

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  7. The seersucker is divine. The blouse looks lovely on you. It seems like a workhorse garment. (I'm not sure I described that correctly.)

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  8. Love your blouse! It looks great in the seersucker fabric.

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  9. You look great in this top. I also like how the neckline opens to form a v-neck and I love your choice of using pearly snaps.

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  10. The ruffle is just big enough, the pearly snaps just small enough and the fit just comfortable enough.
    Gee! Imagine getting the balance right on all counts?
    Great blouse!

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  11. Aww, that is adorable! I love the pink!

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  12. Very cute. I love the v neck and ruffles.

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  13. I love this look on you! So fresh!

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  14. Katie, you look great! Perfect fit, fabric, and style for you - a definite home run.

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  15. Delectably gorgeous shirt! I adore this style and color on you.

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  16. Beautiful blouse! I love the choice to make it out of seersucker, it really works with the ruffles and shape.

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  17. I like the color on you!

    Have all of your belongings arrived from Texas yet? Living without furniture would drive me absolutely nuts!

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  18. Love the seersucker - saw a dress in this recently in blogland and it is really hitting the right note. Very nice blouse - I think I will make mine up when the weather warms up and catch the very, very tail end of ruffles :)

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  19. That's just so pretty! And you look happy. Maybe that means the moving company delievered your things? Cause it's just hard to be happy without your stuff!

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  20. Love the material and pattern. Just a suggestion from a sewer with large busted daughters. Try two or even three darts at your front waist since there is such a huge difference between your waist and bust.

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  21. Love it! I usually hate ruffles, but they look really nice in this shirt. Might have to re-think my view.

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  22. Love this shirt on you (and I'm entirely envious of the fit you've got at the back!) I'm making this pattern at the moment so found you through your PR review. Gorgeous fabric!

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