Monday, February 27, 2012

3. Boxy Blouse - McCall's 4632

A surprise project that wasn't even on my plan, but I had the fabric and it was SO easy.

Pattern: McCall's 4632 (1989)

Pattern Description: Loose, geometric top with gathered shoulder detail. Made View F.
Pattern Sizing: Medium (sizes 14 and 16)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it? Yes, it did.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, very much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It has a simple shape, yet is still interesting and was an extremely easy and fast sew.

Fabric Used: Oyster pearl -colored twill with a slight sheen and matching thread, both from my stash (age unknown).

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The only problem with this top is that it was too long and too wide. The width makes sense because this 1989 pattern calls for 1/2" shoulder pads, which I did not use. I ended up taking two inches off the length and two inches from EACH side, four inches total off the width. All of the seam allowances were finished because this fabric shed like crazy.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! I will definitely make this in some silkier and lighter fabrics. I will probably also make it into a dress.

A Shabd top and two by Hound Designs
Conclusion: I have a top that resembles my inspiration pics (made of finer and drapier fabrics) but not one penny was spent.

Images: my own photos (3), Shabd, Hound Design (2)


Lizz said...

Ooh! This is beautiful and incredibly flattering! It looks great in white.

Nettie said...

This looks great!! I love to see how wearable garments from those hideous 80's pattern covers can be! You are totally on trend!

Faye Lewis said...

Sometimes surprise projects are the best of all. I like your top!

Claire (aka Seemane) said...

Looks like a very nice wearable top :) I think you'll get lots of wear out of it.

Audrey said...

It is a very pretty blouse, I'll bet you wear this a lot. I have noticed that recent fashions are looking very similar to those in the 80's and I have pulled out a bunch of my "vintage" patterns from that time period to make (with alterations for shoulder pads)

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Gorgeous piece! Fantastic use of a pattern that I would pass up as way too dowdy.

Kelli said...

I really like this. Great retro inspired top.

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! I tried to find that pattern...McCalls 4632...after I saw yours. If you want to sell it, pleae let me know. Thanks!

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Unknown said...

Oh how nice. I think this pattern would work for a knit fabric too. I'm so into knits lately.