M6519’s second cousin

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):


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


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.


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!)


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!


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.


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
70cm Liberty remnant from Tessuti.  Green bias binding made from some shot cotton in my scraps tub.
See lengthy list of bullet points above.
Accessories:  Elk necklace on loan from a friend & shoes from Florsheim.


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