Mccalls 6652- on being a reluctant dragon.


I have a need to keep buying top patterns. I never seem to find the perfect one. I have a few I’ve made multiples of-  Simplicity 3786 and 2059 are sort of go to,  but I swear, I will find the ultimate pattern and we shall roam these hills in sassy splendour evermore. The latest  new victim was Mccalls 6652- or, as I like to think of it: Mccalls, Curse of the Reluctant Dragon!!reluctantdragon

I know, I know- you are thinking why would I even pick this up? Its a prehistoric mullet top. Not exactly a thing to behold. Does anyone yearn for their tush to form a windsock?  I like how they threw a snowy background behind the model to keep you from picturing Charlie Brown and the kite eating tree.6652

But as usual, I tapped down my feelings of impending sartorial doom and cut into some pretty stuff to try this one sans tail. View B or as my husband thought of it: ‘DaVinci’s flight suit girly version’ – doesn’t feature the el camino design and looked nice and airy. Airy is good in SC in the summer. Naked in a dark air-conditioned room is better, but hey, I have to leave the house and earn the kibble money, you knows. Dig how full and flying squirrelly this back is: M6652

This went together like a plan- I french seamed it and used an Anna Sui print for the center panel- I worried that in just one color, I would in repose resemble a giant floral whoopie cushion. We all have our little fears, right?walk1

This pattern will not be the goto blouse pattern, the search resumes, but it’s doable. It’s frisky and different. Now here is the part I found amusing. I’m wearing it backwards. All that heavy gathering in the back to form your tail is still there on this view and the weight just drags it back and gave me a little strangled feeling- it’s crazy- I felt like Isadora Duncan. You can see how the shoulder seam is pulling backward on wind sock model. So I tried it on backwards- viola (and other stringed instruments!) it’s much more comfortable like this.walk5

Who knew? Don’t tell anyone- it gives it a secret Walk of Shame aspect, doesn’t it? In the dragon theme I give you my ‘Mother of dragons’ concept. Look at their fierce, fire-breathing selves! Grr! Look out Goffrey! Really, I don’t hate this. It’s comfortable, but less than flattering, but I knew that going in. Billowy and flattering are never used in the same ad, are they? walk2

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photo credits: Pattern review, Meadhawg, google images. All images remain the property of their original owners.

67 thoughts on “Mccalls 6652- on being a reluctant dragon.

  1. Love that your puppies are going 3 different directions… They must make your walks together pretty delightful… “let’s go that-a-way mom” … “NO, I want to go this way!” … The top looks very comfy and flowy! I like the wings – makes me think you can fly! 😉

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  2. Martha says:

    I like it, PG. I think it makes your legs look sooooo loooonnngg. Or maybe they just are long. In any case, you make this pattern look good. I am a collector of patterns and don’t even pretend (any more) to be searching for The One.

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  3. All kidding aside, and who wouldn’t laugh over the floral whoopie cushion comment,
    I find things with big round necks and gathering completely unflattering for me. I think you look pretty darn good in it, BUT I know you can do better. I have to agree, a good top pattern is THE holy grail. Check out some jacket patterns, often they have structure and details we wish our blouses had…many can be blouse-i-fied. Of course, I would take anything someone says who just made themselves a grown-up carnival outfit ( big print/striped pants) with a few grains of salt, chased by some tequila! 🙂
    Oh such cute pups. I love watching them check all their messages and seeing what they leave in return. 🙂

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  4. I never knew I was supposed to be looking for the ONE. Where’s my memo? I love buying patterns and I thought about picking this one up for the wing sleeves. Thanks for the great photos with your cute triplets and the pattern info. I probably won’t buy this one now because its a choking hazard.

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  5. Backwards!!! Who knew? I think sometimes pattern companies have no idea what shape our bodies are. I think it looks really lovely on you, I like flowy, non tailored clothing. And, you doggies are looking adorable!!!

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  6. Trust you to be a rebel and wear it backwards!! Seriously – I think it is really flattering on you, I was thinking that you are looking positively svelte in the photos. The jeans under the flowing top is a great look on you.

    I love that top and the fabric you have chosen really suits your colours. Great job Anne.

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  7. I adore a bat wing top, and while it may not be ‘the one’ in terms of a pattern, it’s pretty! Love the fabric too, and thanks for the giggle over the giant floral whoopie cushion!

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  8. I’m seriously gasping from laughing about the floral whoopie cushion, LOL! I think it looks fine, it’s not earth shattering, but like you said, hot humid summers require as much air flow as possible and this fits the bill. 🙂 Or at least as close as you can get to naked without being arrested. 😉 And yay for cute doggies! I ❤ the dapper little blue one, is s/he a mix with a blue heeler or something or is that just a color they come in once in a while?

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    • Bruderlein is a black and tan dapple- not too common, but AKC still accepts his checks, luckilly! Texturally he even feels different than the girls, one of Liesls littermates is his father.

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  9. Holy crap, I totally forgot about the movie the Reluctant Dragon till I saw that picture! I had it taped off of TV and used to watch it all the time!
    Back to the post…The shirt is great! And you should totally include more pictures of the doxies. 🙂

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  10. You just put a new meaning to the word “Reversible” lol. I have admit I think it looks great on you and look super comfortable to wear. I always feel more comfortable in loose flowing garments than fitted ones… probably because I don’t have to worry about any little lumps and bumps lurking about under there and can just float about free and easy “floral flying squirrel” hahahaha

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  11. Jasper and I are shocked and horrified that you tortured your poor babies by being out in the rain. Jasper doesn’t “do” wet, doncha know.

    OH right, the top, the reason for the post. I think it will be lovely when the temperature reaches obscenely hot temperatures. I do agree, that it isn’t going to be your TNT.

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  12. Don’t laugh but a pair of casual shorts with elastic that I made recently felt so much better worn backwards.
    All this talk of dragons is making me want to watch Game of Thrones. I’ve missed series 2.
    I do like how you’ve used two fabrics to balance off the design lines. This would be a great top to wear in a hot, humid climate like our summer just past.

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  13. Now I’m still on GoT series two, so was a bit slow on the uptake, and am on the bit where Mother of Dragons has had hers stolen…you’ve clearly learnt that leashes will make this harder!!
    Anyway, this shows what a tenacious sewster you are….back to front I think really works in like you say, an airy and cool for the summer way. And I love the anna Sui fabric- really suits you, those dragon scales…

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  14. Is this why we all have so many patterns – the endless search for the perfect one? I think you’re getting pretty close with this one – summer breezes, muted sunshine frolicking dogs and wispy silk …

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  15. I really like how you’ve chosen to use contrast between the sleeves and front of the shirt. The blouse looks lovely. It’s easy and carefree while looking classy and put-together.

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  16. Precious pups – and the top looks good on you! I can’t wear anything that has gathers in the front AND the back…way too much trouble brewing. You were smart to eliminate the ‘mullet tail’

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  17. Great post, and the top too, nice sleeves and fabric- inspired wearing backwards. That first pic I thought you were out tilling the soil in your patchwork – Diana Vreeland has nothing on you when it comes to styling a shoot!

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  18. Jennifer says:

    I used to have a flowy rtw top that I wore backwards for the same reason. (Why did I buy it, you ask? Oh, cause I’d accidentally tried it on backwards too and then decided I liked it like that.) Who likes being choked by clothing? And really, it looks good on you. I wouldn’t have guessed it wasn’t meant to be that way.

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  19. “Prehistoric mullet top!” I just spit my coffee!!!!
    Actually, your version is pretty cute. Who cares what the dogs say, you need to walk that top all around the neighborhood to show it off.

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  20. Nice Butts Drive Me Nuts says:

    Love the Anna Sui patchwork quilt print!!

    I get stretched and twisted with two on leashes, I don’t know how you do it with three…

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