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June 16th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

McCall’s M6702

in: Sewing

This pattern is a big FAIL for two reasons. The first is that this was a poor pattern choice for me. I need space for my rather large breasts. So I did a full bust adjustment, which worked fine for adding fabric in front where I needed it. Here’s the thing, I don’t need that extra fabric under my breasts. This pattern might still have worked for me, but it calls for stiff, heavy fabric, like denim. I made it in cotton pique, so it hangs off my breasts like a big sack or a maternity dress. I might be able to ameliorate the problem by rotating the dart to a french dart, but I don’t think I’m going to bother.

The second reason is that the instructions for putting on the band collar are FREAKING TERRIBLE.

McCall's M6702 view C

Pattern Description:
From the website: MISSES’ TOPS: Pullover tops have collar and front bands, self-lined yoke back, hem variations (wrong side shows A,B) and narrow hem. A: loose-fitting, purchased bias tape finishes armholes. B: bias sleeve binding. D: side slits, two-piece pleated sleeves, seam opening, button cuffs. A, D: collar. B, C, D: very loose-fitting, mock band on pockets.
Designed for light weight woven fabrics.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Denim, Linen, Broadcloth.

Ah, denim is a light weight fabric.

Pattern Sizing:
I made a large, based on my high bust measurement.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I did a full bust alteration.

I’m not sure what happened because I knew the sleeves would be too small, but I neglected to make a sleeve alteration. So my top is sleeveless; it was supposed to have short sleeves.

If I were to make it again, in addition to the french dart, I would lengthen it 6 inches. The short view is very, very short.

The collar instructions were terrible. The placket instructions were okay, but I didn’t like the way they did NOT finished the placket. I think there are better construction methods out there for the yoke as well.

Fabric Used:
Cotton pique from Joann’s, purchased a long, long time ago.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
No and no.

Well, maybe. I dunno. There are so many patterns to try. If your heart is set on it, and you don’t need a large full bust alteration, it is probably worth your time IF you have access to other placket and collar instructions.

The placket is a plunging placket. This is easily remedied by sewing it shut towards the bottom. Since I’m going to use this top to work in the garden and paint, I’m not concerned about that.

This pattern did not work for, and the instructions are terrible.

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  • 1

    I’m trying to figure out woven fabrics. When I do an FBA and put a dart in a knit top, I always take in the side seams at the waist. I’m working on a woven top, and I’m trying to figure out how//where to take in the waist. Of course, I have to put in the zipper first. Fit for Real People does advise taking in the waist/hips after a FBA if the garment is loose fitting in that area.

    Rose in SV on June 16th, 2013
  • 2

    Hey, Jen: good review of this pattern. Too bad it didn’t work to sashay around town in but we all need gardening and painting clothes at times. Better luck with the next sewing project!

    Mary Beth on June 17th, 2013
  • 3

    Rose’s comment is a good one, and another reason why this was a poor pattern choice for me.

    This is a pullover top in a woven. If I take in the waist, I’m not sure I’d be able to get it on. Maybe, things are squishy. Then there’s getting it off. Since I’m married and have children, I most likely have someone around that could help.

    The addition of a side zipper is another option that might make this top work. I’m not going to toss the pattern. I do like the neckline and the idea of the pattern. The list of potential fixes are
    1. Collar stand instructions that work.
    2. Placket instructions that include finishing details.
    3. Lengthen the top by 6 inches (includes 2 inch hem allowance).
    4. Side zipper & take in waist/waist darts

    Neefer on June 17th, 2013
  • 4

    I bought this pattern too. I plan to make it in a knit and hopefully won’t have the same issues. Thanks for the review.

    Sherril Miller on June 24th, 2013
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