Monday, September 11, 2017

McCalls 6794 top and some Eleonore jeans

I love a quick knit top, which is probably why my dresser is full of them, but there is just something a little classier about a top made from a woven fabric. It stops being "just a tee shirt" and, even in a casual, easy wearing style, becomes something a little nicer.
This top is McCalls 6794, which is sadly now OOP. When I bought the pattern, I was so excited about it, but something kept getting in the way of sewing it. I'm glad I finally did. It's darn cute and comfortable!
I made view C, which the model on the envelope is wearing. It features a high-low hemline, cut on, dropped sleeves and a bias faced neckline. The pattern utilizes a contrast fabric for the midriff panel and ties, but I thought there was enough going on with my print and used self fabric.
From the back, you can see the hemline a little better. The fitting in this top is all achieved by the waist tie and the front gathering. It's got a LOT of ease - I sewed 2 sizes smaller than called for by my measurements and made no alterations for my full bust. There's plenty of room for the girls in all that gathering.
My fabric is a polyester charmeuse that has been in my stash long enough that I've forgotten its origins. I likely bought it intending to use it for lining, as I rarely use poly charmeuse for garments, but it does have an excellent drape for this top, and gathers well without adding bulk. For this top, you definitely need a lightweight fabric with plenty of drape! Rayon challis, silk charmeuse or chiffon, or even a lightweight voile would work well.
So, I finished my top, so proud of myself for having used both stash fabric and pattern, and realized that I didn't have anything to wear it with. This shape doesn't really work with my flared jeans and all my skinny jeans were printed or bright colors.
So, I whipped out my trusty Jalie Eleonore pattern and some Ralph Lauren denim I got at Mood a couple of years ago and made some skinny jeans.
I won't talk more about the Eleonores - I love this pattern and I've made it several times - but I am glad this top pushed me to finally make a pair in regular denim. I mean, as regular as I ever get, you know. The denim is shot with gold threads... Because that's how I roll.

10 comments:

  1. Love both the top and jeans!

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  2. You look smashing, as always. I've been eying some heavy weight denim for Capri clovers. I was thinking slash pockets front mod and adding patch pockets in the back.

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  3. Beautiful outfit and way to use the stash! After seeing all these great Eleonores, I am going to have to try that pattern.

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  4. Beautiful combination. And your shoes!! WOW

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  5. I'm kind of jealous of your ability to just "whip out" a second piece to make a complete outfit, it seems like I just can't whip anything out these days! But the outfit looks great, and the print is really fun.

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  6. OMG, denim shot with gold threads. These look fabulous on you and I am drooling over that fabric description. I was sure your top was silk, great drape and color on you.

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  7. Just living my life vicariously......LOL! Beautiful! Perfect color for you, and the jeans are awesome.

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  8. Totally cute! My top drawer is pretty sad these days, and my jeans drawer isn't much better. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  9. The combination is perfect! I can't believe you made those jeans!!!! They look so good.

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