Monday, January 21, 2013

McCalls 6604

So far for Jungle January, I've sewn snakeprint and zebra, but to me, the quintessential animal print is leopard.
This fabric is a poly chiffon from FabricMart that I have had in the stash for a while. I don't love sewing chiffon, particularly poly chiffon, and it isn't a very practical fabric, but I just love this print, so its time had come.
The pattern I chose was McCalls 6604. I actually had this pattern in my to donate box, but it really was perfect for this so I rescued it. I wanted something with few seams (only 3 pattern pieces - check) and minimal details. Since chiffon makes me twitch, I simplified the sewing as much as possible.
Instead of a facing, I finished the back neckline with a self fabric bias strip. Spray starch tamed that beast.
I used a serger rolled hem on the sleeves and hemline. Wooly nylon thread in the looper makes the coverage nice and dense.
The cowl facing was skimpy, so I deepened it 2 inches, but with the floatyness of the chiffon, it was still flipping out all over the place, so I added a weight to keep it tamed. In this case, I used a nickel, sewn into a self fabric pouch and stitched onto the lowest part of the facing. It does a great job keeping the facing in place.
See how well it stays put?! I actually took this pic to show how deep the cowl actually is. Since this fabric is sheer, I will always wear it with a shirt or cami under, but without a cami, my bellybutton is clearly visible.
When I originally envisioned this top, I pictured it with skinny jeans or leggings, but when I got ready to take pictures, my skinnies just didn't look right with it, so I pulled out this brown skirt (Vogue 8603) which I seldom wear. I really like this skirt and it fits well, but all of the tops that look good with it look better with something else. I really like this pairing though, so hopefully this great skirt will see more life now that I have a great top to go with it.
As a parting shot...Rawwr!

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15 comments:

  1. Oh, this is lovely! The skirt is perfect with it. (would it have been to cheesy to say purrrfect?) I love how you switched the facing to a bias strip. I have some flimsy chiffon fabrics I want to use and I'll have to remember that one for them!

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  2. This is so pretty, great use of a nickel! That is one thing about these drape tops, cami is required. Two more things, the top looks perfect with the skirt and love your boots.

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  3. I love this . Looks great. I know what you mean about poly/chiffon. Not fun to sew!

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  4. Katie - that top is lovely! What a great outfit - and out in the snow. g

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  5. That's very Grrrrr! Jungle January is sure bringing the animals out of our stash!

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  6. Very lovely shirt! I am so glad you mentioned how low the neckline falls when you bend over. I pulled this pattern out the other day thinking I wanted to find some fabric for it, so I will need to keep that neckline in mind. :]

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  7. Cute top!!! And I love the boots as well!

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  8. Such a great top - love your idea of sewing the nickel in to keep the cowl in place!

    Looks great on you :)

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  9. Love your top and your wonderful stylin for it. Clever nickel idea, too. This pattern intrigues me so thanks for showing it off in this "wild" print.

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  10. The outfit is wonderful! The skirt goes perfectly with the new top.:)

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  11. I hate sewing chiffon, too, but usually love the eventual result. You're really rocking the Jungle January theme!

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  12. Pretty! I love the serger rolled hem. What kind of serger do you have?

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  13. SO cute on you! And you look like you're having so much fun wearing it! :)

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