McCalls 6078 - a best pattern of 2011 is a great pattern and I can see why it found it's way into the top ten. I made two views - View A which is described as "has front and back stitched pleats, front drape, lapped back and extended shoulder seams".
These are reasonably quick tops to make, but please take my tip - when comparing your pattern pieces to the pattern instructions, make sure you have the fabric the same way up as the diagram... I ended up sewing the pleats twice and couldn't work out the first time why it didn't make any sense to me *head-smack*. Anyway I must remember that sewing a pleat is like sewing a dart but with one end open - I really didn't get it the first time I tried it and had them sewn very strangely. Luckily it unpicked better than I thought it would.
The fabric is a lovely bamboo jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics - you can see how well it drapes for this top.
The back also drapes beautifully...
This is how you hope the back view looks...
But sadly, this is how it really looks...
The bra strap is green and I could nearly get away with it, but I am thinking I need to find a bra with a lower back strap. If I can get hold of one, then I will make this top again in a fabric with a bit more spangle for a going-out-to-dinner top. I lurve it, except for that issue.
I also made view C - "has front drape and contrast loops". This top is a cinch to make. I used a rayon jersey again from Gorgeous fabrics and then made the loops from some leather left over from making my Obi belt. It is a Nappa leather - soft sheep's leather. I have seen this idea in blogland - I wasn't original.
I cut the loops half the width of the pattern piece (as I wasn't going to fold them over) and hand-stitched them as per the instructions. However I realised later that they are probably 1 cm too long as I didn't leave off the seam allowance. Not sure it matters - if you think they would look better shorter let me know - I am still undecided on that one. The main thing making me want to leave them, is that I don't want to hand-stitch them back on again if I shorten them!
Regular tee-shirt from the back.
I love this pattern and I am sure I will be making more versions yet.
Next up I have finished but not photographed another Ottobre ruffle sleeve top and am in the process of cutting out the Maggie jacket from Style Arc... until next post... Ciao!