Happy Monday Loves!
The minute I saw the new Early Spring McCalls pattern collection, I was in love. I did grab quite a few and vow to sew at least 1 view of each of the patterns before May. The last 2 collections, I have only made 1 to 2 and I have tons of NEW patterns in my collection that need to be sewn up.
I really love all the sleeve variations of this McCall pattern (7722) as it reminded me of a Gabriel Union sweater I purchased over the holidays except it has pleats.
I opted to follow the directions as is and not hack it with this wearable muslin and will be creating another one using pleats instead. I really wanted to practice more with stripes so I used a stripe fabric from my stash that I purchased last year from Girl Charlee. My biggest pet peeve is lining up patterns and stripes. I made sure to pin the black stripes as I do NOT have a walking foot.
QUICK AND EASY METHOD
I actually use the under arm seam of my bodice based on my size for both the front and back.
This is the easiest and quickest method that I have used for patterns and stripes. Ensure that the stripes are also aligned when the fabric is folded.
I used 2 different types of knit which did NOT feature the design element of the pattern or the look that I envisioned. I used a COTTON knit MIXED (stripes) from Charlee Fabric with a SCUBA knit from my stash.
For the NEXT one that I create I will make the following changes: Grade 1 inch to the width at the bottom and grade from the waist (for better hip coverage). Add 1 inch to the length to avoid pickaboo issues. Use a light to medium weight knit. Use the same weight and pattern but different colors for contrast.
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out my blogpost for my monthly Fabric Mart make here of this simplicity dress pattern that I hacked.