A confession. A few months ago I bought 7.5 yards of knit fabric and I still haven't added them in to my fabric tally. To ease my guilt I decided to sew a couple of tops so I can blog some of the fabric going out again in the same post :)
I decided to give McCalls 6400 a try, which I picked up last week at Spotlight using a sale voucher. I thought it looked interesting, but very simple to sew.
I cut out a medium, as per my measurements. This is with no alterations. One side of the pattern has a large gaping sleeve and the other is more closely fitted and there is an assymetrical hem. There is no shaping around the bust. The back and the front pices are exactly the same, creating a boatneck style neck.
Its dead simple to sew up as the hems are just turned and stitched.
This fabric is an oyster knit that will be quite versatile I think.
I decided to make another in this polkadot cotton jersey. It doesn't quilt have the same drape as the oyster knit but I do like it still.
This time I shortened the length at the waist by 1". Normally I need this adjustment in tops as I am shortwaisted but I don't actually think it was necessary for this pattern. I does seem to help the side with the dolman sleeve sit a bit better under my left arm, but that could also be the stiffer fabric holding shape better. On the other hand, I did feel as though the top kept riding up off my waist and I am thinking about going back and adding a wide band at the waistband. I think if I made it again I would just use the unaltered pattern.
I also think, if I had another go at the pattern, it would be fun to cut the top with the dolman shape on both sides.
This is what the top looks like laid out flat. It really is quite a funny shape!
7.5 yards of fabric in and 3 yards out.