More sewing for me! This time a vintage McCall’s pattern I’ve had hanging around, in a pretty floral.
You got a sneak peek of this top in my Go To Knit Pants post HERE. The pattern is McCall’s 2955 c. 1971. It has that big 70’s collar, and a wide button placket that I think is just fabulous. The fabric is Robert Kaufman’s London Calling. It’s fantastic. So soft and nice to work with. Absolutely perfect for apparel sewing.
Now, let’s talk about the pockets.
I don’t love them. In fact, I kind of am tempted to remove them all together. See how they are so huge that they almost find their way into the arm scythe? It’s weird. They’re hard to see, camouflaged in all that floral, otherwise I’d pick them off for sure. Also, the flaps are too flappy and just bug me.
Meh. If I do this pattern again, I’ll either do different pockets, or none at all. These are just a little too 1970s for me.
The cuffs are fun, though.
They have these sweet little pleats down by the placket, and I just did a really good job on them. So, you should admire them, too.
There’s a back yoke. Again, pretty much lost in the floral.
I ran out of the floral fabric. Or thought I did. I actually cut out a few of the pattern pieces in duplicate, when I only needed to do one of each. But I didn’t realize that until later. blah blah blah. I cut the undercollar from the same grey voile as the cuff plackets and collar seam binding.
And now back to my stupidity in cutting out.
There are two views with McCall’s 2955: a safari-type jacket and a top. The jacket is long. The top is not. I cut the top, only to find out after starting to sew it all together that it was a pretty short top, like hit right above my hips. So lame when I *know* to check length before cutting. I just was so worried about getting the pattern cut out of what fabric I had, I didn’t even bother to check if the top would be long enough for my liking. Lucky for me, I had cut out multiples of the main body, and was able to piece some length at the bottom of the shirt. Unlucky for me, there is a seam there. Lucky for me, the camouflaging floral saves the day and you don’t see it so much unless you know it’s there.
All issues aside, it’s still a great top. I’d recommend it and I’d make it again. Just longer and without armpit pockets.
Pattern: Vintage McCall’s 2955
Fabric: London Calling, Robert Kaufman, purchased from Fabric.com