You’re in for a treat with this one. 2 reviews in one post only because they deserve to be together. Let’s take a closer at 2 of these great patterns from McCall’s.
First up is McCalls M7724 released in 2018. It is currently out of print on the official McCalls website. It’s described as close fitting button front tops have off the shoulder neckline variations, shoulder pleats, and sleeve variations. A, B, E: Cold shoulder detail. A, C, D: Shaped hemlines.
I chose View C which has 5 pattern pieces and cut a size 10. For reference my body measurements are 34-29-40.
The fabric used is a cotton batik purchased from UrbanStax during my visit to the Knitting & Stitching Show. Incredibly light and easy to work with.
I went with the finished garments and am fortunate that I didn’t need to make any adjustments in the bodice area. The fit is absolutely perfect for me. The only change I made was to the cuffs, by shortening them by 1 1/4″ so that instead of 3 buttons there are now 2 on each side.
The construction of the shirt is straight forward, there were no difficult elements throughout the process. There are no collars, only facings to finish. For those who are a familiar with sewing shirts and understand how pieces are constructed, you will have no trouble putting this together. There is an issue with my facing flipping out on one side despite it being under stitched. I secured this in place by tacking down the shoulders and the centre back seam. Instead of hook and eye to the opening edge, I stitched a snap in and it still isn’t holding the facing down in place. If I were to try this top again, I’d probably remove the facing and do a bias bound finish instead and topstitch it down.
There are many details I love about this top. The neckline has a beautiful shape, I really like how it wraps around the shoulder. I love how flattering the top is with the fish eye darts in the back to give more shape and also the shoulder pleats is a nice touch. A beautiful addition to any wardrobe.
Now let’s move onto the bottom set of this outfit…
This is McCall’s M7726 released in 2018. Which really took the sewing world by storm. Described as pleated pants that are loose fitting through the hip and have length variations. A, B: Worn with purchased belt. B: Optional carriers. C, D: Self-fabric sash.
For this look I chose view B which only has 5 pattern pieces, and cut a size 10.
The fabric used was a beautiful petrol green/blue gabardine purchased from my trip to Miami last year.
The construction of a pair of trousers were easy due to the number of pattern pieces. I made at least 4 muslins before eventually cutting into my final fabric to get the fit just right (as always!). The adjustments I made were to shorten the front crotch by 1″ and lengthen the back rise by 1″. I also managed to scoop out a small wedge out of the front crotch, but found that I still had a little excess fabric that I decided that it was best to leave alone. I did get confused by how to sew on the fly, but Brittany J Jones has an excellent tutorial on how to sew a pair of these trousers from start to finish.
What I love most about this make, is the high waist and paper bag detail. It is very flattering for my shape and height and can be styled casually or formally. I was particularly drawn to the tapered leg view.
Overall, once you manage to get the fit right, this is an easy pattern to sew with. I wouldn’t recommend to this to a beginner but if you fancy a challenge to really upgrade your sewing techniques this is a great one to go with. I already have 2 of the other views sewn together which you will see soon.