Sure as I’m stripey?
This was one of those instances where the finished result looks like a simple long sleeve tee, but the thought, time and effort to make this top was anything but!
Although both the fabric and the pattern are a departure from my normal sewing projects, choosing them was easy. I have a few brightly colour coats in my wardrobe and I needed some warm neutral tops to wear under them. Stripes are a neutral right?
The ponte, a viscose/polyester/nylon blend from The Cloth Shop, is super soft and warm. I really like the different stripe widths, even if it does make me look like the model on the pattern cover.
The pattern is View D of McCall’s 5079. It’s part of the Palmer/Pletsch range and therefore includes excellent fitting information.
The ‘thought’ part of this project was deciding on the sizing and the adjustments I would make… and can I tell you that I agonised. I swayed between sewing it up ‘as is’ and seeing what fitting changes I needed to make (ie. treating it like a toile) or taking the time to make the adjustments that I suspected I would require before I started sewing.
For those that know me well, you will not be surprised to hear that, after several days of deliberation, I did it properly… well mostly properly. I skipped the Full Bust Adjustment as I didn’t want to add a dart in my striped fabric. The changes I made were:
- 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment (this impacts the front, back and sleeve pattern pieces)
- Removed 2″ (5cm) from the body length
- Removed 2″ (5cm) from the sleeve length
- Graded out a size in the bust on both the front and back pattern pieces
The results… well I’m thrilled with this top. Dare I say, surprisingly so. The fit is great, the warmth and comfort factor is high and I have filled a wardrobe gap.
Next time… oh yes, I think View B of M7059 will get another outing… I will:
- Retrace the sleeve and remove 1″ (2.5cm) from it’s length rather than 2″ (5cm) I removed in this version
- Reduce the width of the neckband… it’s just a little wide for my personal preference
I treat stripe matching as a competitive sport, so I basted all the side seams before sewing them. It does take more time, but it’s so worth it.
The hems on this tee were secured with a twin needle and, as is customary for me these days, I used woolly nylon thread in the bobbin. That reminds me, the other hard decision on this project (I’m being serious) was what colour thread to use… black, white, off-white, cream or grey. I went with grey in the end. What would you have chosen?
Pattern: McCalls 5079 (View B)
Fabric: Viscose/polyester/nylon ponte from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, removed 2″ (5cm) from the body and sleeve length and graded out a size in the bust on both the front and back pattern pieces
Accessories: Scarf from Elk (recent purchase) and boots from Florsheim
Photo Location: Wombat Hill Botanical Gardens, Daylesford