I’ve been plugging away at my lonely skirt matchmaking project and have some things cut out, but it was feeling like work and you know I am a giddy butterfly that hates such things in my leisure time! So I needed some almost instant gratification- welcome Mccalls 7028. Another pattern that the tech drawing sells it.
The top has a slight mullet to the hem and I made sure that it wasn’t a leggings/crotch view event- cuz thats just wrong, you know? I have to be careful with these styles- I keep thinking it would look lovely with my black floral DMs but that is a ticket to toddler town dressing with leggings if I’m not careful!
The fashion pic is very nice, but none of the hip detail shows at all. They could have at least mocked up the contrast version to give us a hint, right? Anyhoo. I like it. Hmm…swishy skirted, girly tunic. Of course I love it. I keep a box of cut out ‘I will love this, make it and shush’ patterns ready for my short attention span to take over. This was in it in a fabric that I’m not sure why I bought- the colors aren’t my go-tos at all. Well, ok, it had tiny hidden Mickeys. What could I do but buy?
This will sound weird, I’m not saying I’m not a big girl, but I need to stop buying WOMENS patterns and just add tweaks to size 20 MISSES. I get swallowed in the added dimensions of a Womens pattern. I think I am a delicately framed fattie. I ended up scaling this down a good bit and tapering it. I have 2 basic alterations I never skip when I do without a muslin, which I admit, that I rarely do unless it’s a very special fabric, pattern or scarey shape!
1- I angle the upper bodice in to remove a 1-2 inch wedge for my sloping shoulders
2- I remove about an inch from the height of one shoulder
3- Oh, look, I have 3- huh, well, ok, not 2…… I lower the back neckline about 1 inch.
I’ve been told by an industry insider that these are also the standard alterations another superstar uses! I have star quality!
Anyhoo. The angled fancy neckline on this pattern daunted me regarding my tucking of said neckline, so I thought I’d wing it and make a ‘Gauderation’ later. Sure enough, the neckline- it did gape like a tourist at a nude beach, so I did a cutesy tuck and decorative button recovery.
Other than this- I had no real issues and it is definitely a win for me. An easy to wear work acceptable top that is very comfortable. Now, this is obviously a black pants or leggings moment. But I feel like if I can keep the black to occasional statement piece wearing, I won’t be giving in!
This week my photohusband and I are snot-plagued. These runny eyes will get no photo documentation, so I hope you forgive me for leaving you with Ms Holloways vague charms!
photo credits: pattern review, meadhawg. All images remain the property of their original owners.