M6519’s second cousin

Do you even alter a pattern so much that you feel it’s only a distant relative of the original?  That’s how I feel about my latest make.

Here’s the original McCall’s 6519 (now out of print) top:

M6519, Misses' Unlined Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt and Pants

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I sewed it’s first cousin in November 2012 (blog post here):

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And it’s second cousin is a more recent make.

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For this version, I returned to the original pattern and re-traced (yes, I’m a tracer) my size.  I always found my first version of this pattern a little short (you know those tops that you are always tugging down) and the neckline was little high.  The back neckline also stood up slightly, which I now know can be solved with a high rounded shoulder adjustment.

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With the knowledge from my first version and a little more fitting experience, I made the following alterations to the original pattern:

  • Reshaped the armholes to reduce the width of the shoulder seams by 1″ (1/2″ more than last time)
  • Lifted the armholes by 1.5″ (check out how low they are in the pattern promo photo reproduced above)
  • Scooped and lowered the front neckline by 1 1/2″
  • Scooped and lowered the back neckline by 1/2″
  • Completed a 3/8″ high rounded shoulder adjustment
  • Removed 2″ from the hem (1″ less than last time)
  • Applied contrasting bias binding to the neckline and armholes (rather than using it as a facing)
  • Left off the pocket (my bust doesn’t need highlighting!)

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Did you notice that I raided the Liberty stash for this make?  I brought this blue and green 70cm Liberty remnant from Tessuti with a skirt for my girls in mind.  It isn’t pink, purple or rainbow enough for them at the moment, so I claimed it as mine and used every last bit of the fabric available.  A Liberty top from 70cm… that’s a win in my books!

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I’m still not sure the fit is perfect, particularly around the armholes, but it’s more than wearable and I’m just going to go with it.

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In summary, McCalls 6519 second cousin is an easy to wear summer top that fits nicely into my mummy lifestyle.

Pattern:  McCall’s 6519 (now out of print) top
Size: 
14
Fabric: 
70cm Liberty remnant from Tessuti.  Green bias binding made from some shot cotton in my scraps tub.
Alterations: 
See lengthy list of bullet points above.
Accessories:  Elk necklace on loan from a friend & shoes from Florsheim.

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