Wednesday, 26 November 2014

McCalls 7026 ~ Leisure and Lace

So this is my November project for the MAGAM Challenge. I adore this top! When I saw the pattern, I knew I was going to make it. Of course here in the UK we often have to wait several weeks later for the new patterns to be available for sale, but when it was out, it was mine!

 Of course it was the ruffle and the back detail that sold it as shown here on the pattern diagram. 

I dithered for a while whether or not to also add the contrast lace to the front yokes and eventually decided to go for it. Good choice! I so love that I did this; it just gives it that extra little something special at the front.

I originally bought some black/red/grey jersey fabric for this top and a red zip. But with the lace overlay, it was just far too busy. So I decided to change tactics and go with a plain knit. But before finding a plain, I spotted This cream and beige stretch lace from Minerva crafts, and it had my attention immediately.

 Like with the pattern, this was mine! I just knew this was the lace for this top. And the Beige Ponte Roma also from Minerva was it's perfect match. Happy Happy Happy! The fabric is gorgeous; probably one of the best quality ponte's I have bought in a while. And just to tempt me, it's also available in 21 fabulous colours, so I will definitely be choosing more colours soon!

But this top did not come without it's problems. Goodness me, the unpicker and I certainly became very acquainted. And not through any fault of the pattern I might add. For starters, I wasn't sure whether I wanted the in seam pockets but decided to do them anyway. 

But once they were in and I tried it on, I didn't like them at all from neither the inside (not a nice enough finish) or out, as the position just didn't feel right for this top on me. 

So out they came!

Cleaner lines and looking much better without

I also decided to insert the zip my own way which caused a few issues when I came to do the hem, and finally when I was gathering up the frill for the lower hem, I noticed I had sewn one of the lace panels on the wrong way so the wrong side was showing. I had done a right side and wrong side together. Fool! Arghh!!

The cuffs were another thing I was unsure whether to do. I only did them because I hadn't made this type before. 

Turns out I rather like them too!

So it was all good in the end. And due to the over estimations of the fabric requirements on the pattern envelope, there was even enough fabric left over to make a matching skirt. I didn't use a pattern for this. But I did use the twin needle technique for the elasticated waistband. Woo hoo no more safety pins or twisting elastic for me. Get me, I am so moving with the times ;)

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Thanks for stopping by and taking time to read :)

Happy Sewing!
Dawn :)x


  1. Love this outfit on you. As you say the lace on the jacket certainly makes it extra special

    1. Thanks! i am really pleased with how this turned out after all my unpicking! :)x

  2. Fabulous outfit! I find pattern envelopes often err on the side of too much fabric, but you ended up with a beautiful jacket and skirt to boot! I agree with Tracy that the addition of the lace does make this outfit extra special indeed:)

    1. Thanks Rikki! Yes I often find the pattern envelopes give way too uch fabric but this one was excessively so. Not complaining though :)x

  3. This is lovely! I didn't really care for the pattern but now that I have seen your version, I must take a 2nd look at this. Yours is beautiful and suits you very well.

  4. Beautiful outfit! Love everything you did!

  5. That is such a pretty outfit - well worth the unpicking efforts. Charm and comfort - what more could you want :)

  6. Wonderful! Looks so cute with the little skirt. I feel the cold - always - even in our english summers I have leggings on under my jeans. Anything I can make out of fleece that doesn't look like a sack gets my vote.