I’m pretty sure this sentiment has bled through onto the blog, but the past few years I’ve felt really drained, and while I’ve thought about the possibility of sewing new wardrobe garments, I’ve not felt like I’ve had the energy to actually pull patterns and fabric out from the ever-growing stash. But for some reason, I’ve had the itch to sew lately, like, a lot. Which has apparently led to a surprising burst of sewing-related activity the past few weeks.
Last year after Nationals my mom and I went on “The Great Phoenix Fabric Tour” – we stopped at all the major fabric stores around Phoenix, Arizona on the drive home. I picked up quite a few great fabrics, but I especially loved the electric blue rayon print I’d found in the remnant heap at the Tempe SAS Fabric Store. I knew I’d wanted a long-sleeved draped top, so I searched my pattern stash and dug out the now out-of-print McCall’s 6752.
My original intent was to make view A – the top – out of my beloved remnant fabric. Which I did. But while researching this pattern I saw Nakisha’s version (of Sew Crafty Chemist fame) on Pattern Review, I knew I had to make the dress too. Which led to the following:
McCall’s 6752 B – Draped front dress.
McCall’s 6752 A – Draped front top.
Here is my official Pattern Review:
Pattern Description: Pullover knit dresses and tops with various necklines and elastic waistbands. I made view A (dolman sleeved top) and B (dolman sleeved dress).
Pattern Sizing: McCall’s sizes 6-14 and 14-22. I had the 6-14 envelope, and I used a size 10 at the shoulders, graded out to a 12 at the bust, and a 14 at the waist. I added a few inches to the skirt to grade out to something close to an 16 at the hips, and I added 1″ of length to the top and 5.5″ to the hem of the skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, super easy! This is a very quick to put together top and dress pattern.
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you were done with it? Yes, very much like the drawings!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Likes: Very few pattern pieces, using knits made it easy to fit, and the style is great. Dislikes: I didn’t want to add the zipper detail to the shirt. I don’t really dislike this detail, I just didn’t want it on my shirt.
Fabric used: Rayon (poly? cotton?) printed jersey knit from the remnant bin at SAS fabric for the view A shirt. ITY knit from Michael Levine’s online store for the top of the view B dress, and a great anti-pill rayon/nylon ponte knit from Jo-Ann for the skirt of the dress of view B. I also underlined the skirt with a stretch mesh, not that it really needed it.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: I added 1″ of length to the length line on the top portion of the pattern. I also omitted the decorative zip from the view A shirt simply because I wanted a really comfy shirt and thought the zip could potentially get a bit annoying. I also graded the skirt out for the dress and added several inches of length to the skirt because I didn’t want it to be too short, and I’m a few inches taller than the McCall’s sloper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes and yes! This is a great pattern and I think I will use it again. I would also love to try the view C and D top/dress sometime. I would definitely recommend it to others, but I would caution that there is a lot of ease in the top (due to the style) so if you aren’t sure about which size to use, I’d go with the smaller size around the shoulder area.
Conclusion: Love this pattern! I made the top in a day (tracing/adjusting the pattern for all four views and cutting/sewing the fabric took about 4 hours total) and the dress in 3 hours since I already had the pattern adjusted. Love the style and the fit, super easy to make, and super comfy to wear. Great pattern!