I’m really embracing my inner tunic goddess lately. Its seems like everything I want to sew is darted and sheathy. Hey, ‘Darted and Sheathy’ sounds like a good crime duo from the 20’s, don’cha think?
‘All I see are crumbs and a few sequins- looks like the masterful work of Darted and sheathy!’
I’ve been eyeing Mccalls 6739 for a few months now. The husband is trying to get me to embrace sleeveless more. I’m not sure I’m buying it. It’s a lot of upper arm cutlet waving at the townspeople for me. So after much debate and staring at the envelope and the wonderfully petulant model posed on it, I wimped out and chose view D.
I’m glad I did- I like all the seaming and the sleeves are really interestingly placed. This fabric is sort of newish- it’s from 2 Mary Jo’s trips ago- an upholstery remnant that was bagged as an end cut- I was thinking fun skirt, but I did this instead- thinking I’d look a little Lily Pulitzer-esque. I got brave again and cut out view C. No sleeves. I should have used a waffle weave- cuz I sure did waffle on this one. Sleeves, no sleeves, sleeves, no sleeves. I was very close to using a scientific method and pulling daisy petals off until the right decision was made. SLEEVES!!!! Yes, I did sleeves.
Arrgh- I must beat the photo-slave. I have on fabulous canvas loafers with a spirling lime green motif- how could he miss that? I swear- volunteers…so hard to punish. I wish the envelope had more photos of the different views and I wish that I could have seen the sleeves better- the pattern had them about 4 inches longer than I cut out. I wanted a dainty caplet. Ok, honestly, I ran out of fabric by the time I’d decimated the local daisy population. So I cut the sleeves very short- as a design choice! Not because I was so close to not having enough fabric that the selvage was about to become a decorative motif! No, never.
The sleeves being shorter added an unexpected issue- you stitch the sleeve about halfway up, then spread it open horizontally to meet the horizontal underside of the armscye. I love how this looks, but being that I cut my sleeves very short, it didn’t leave much to hem. I ended up putting in a bias tape edge to finish it. I’m pleased with this length hemmed, I think I may make this again and plan it this way!
Once more I bring you the local color of our fair hamlet- this would be the backside of our local rent by the half hour motel that is nestled in the heart of our downtown. It is right next to a lovely hotel turned gentrified condos- I’m sure they appreciate the view from their balconies!
My only other changes were to the shape- it’s quite a bell. I took a good bit out of the side panels and then I top-stitched them. I’m proud of my neckline- crazy, right? It’s just squared off, but I have been angling my upper bodice pattern pieces to narrow it in and stop that gappy business I used to have so often.
Ahem- big haired model of envelope fame- maybe you should try this- just saying, no meanness involved. You are looking a little gappy!
Oh, the trend continues- the front panels end just at the marsupial zone and guess what kiddies- the inset pockets are right there! I’m working with a team of scientists to find a connection between marsupial pockets, cell phones and paunch cancer. I do this work for you all- no thanks needed. I have a calling. So I skipped the pockets- with the sides being panels, it just didn’t have a location I was happy with for alternate placement.
After an initial wear, I think I could take this in a bit more to be a bit more of a column. This is all part of my secret plan to eventually look like I shop with Judy Dench.
So on the whole I’m really liking this- yes, it’s boxy, but it’s also comfortable, cool to wear and the panels give a lot of ideas for print mixing next time. I do wish I’d had 1 more yard- to match my print- but I can live with this- tho I feel like I need to apologize for it looking so poorly planned. Envelope pose recreation:
photo credits: pattern review, google mages, meadhawg. All images remain the property of their original owners.