A McCalls Blouse for a change

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November 24, 2014 by Janna Roznos

Who doesn’t like a nice fitting stylish blouse? I can never seem to have enough comfortable woven blouses in my wardrobe to either dress up with a nice skirt and heels or go casual with jeans and sneakers.

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I like the style of this McCalls blouse when I was perusing through the pattern catalog.

 

McCalls 6436

McCalls 6436

The pattern is broken down into the usually sizing: 8 though 16 but also by bust size A/B,C,D cup sizes. I’ve seen this on some independent patterns and I suppose the BIG 4 re now following suit. I must confess, I don’t sew the Big 4 that often since I a substantial library of Burda Style pattern magazines still to sew. However for this pattern I did the following:

After I sewed up a muslin to check the fit, I made the following changes:

  • 1” side seams which I ended up sewing at approximately 5/8 inches.
  • The collar, collar band and neck edge I reduced the seam allowances down to 3/8 inches, which seams easier for me to sew.
  • The cuffs didn’t fit the sleeve. Not sure how I screwed that up so I had to take an extra pleat in the blouse sleeve to get the cuff to fit.
  • I also shortened the blouse by about 4 inches after I had it all sewn together.
  • I sewed size 12 – B cup for my high bust but transition to size 14 to my middle and hips.

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Other than that the blouse was really easy to sew up. The instructions seem fine although I didn’t really look at them too much – maybe that’s why I screwed up the cuff . . .

The fabric came from one of my favorite stores:

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We were in San Francisco this last fall and of course I have to go visit Britex! This fabric came form their remnant section; I always seem to find something on the top floor. Of course I find a lot on all the other floors, too, but I do hold myself back.

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I did ask DH to take some snaps of me in the blouse but since he had our very old and very sick cat on his lap:

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He just took pictures from the chair and so they didn’t really turn out so well. But I think you get the idea.

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Another great blouse for my wardrobe.

 

On to other pressing sewing matters . . . Vogue 9035

 

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I’m still on the ‘fence’ about this one. Not sure if I am going to go forward and sew it up in fashion fabric or try and make another muslin. Seriously, three muslins to get a good fit? I think that’s overkill. I should just cut my losses, but the pattern is still lingering in my mind and I bought fabric for it (the jacket and the pants) when I was at Britex so . . . . . all I can say is stay tuned.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “A McCalls Blouse for a change

  1. Tia Dia says:

    It’s lovely. I don’t have enough shirts in my closet – only one, to be exact. Your fabric choice for this is perfect.

  2. Janet says:

    I love Marcy Tilton. I didn’t buy this pattern. I would love to see it made up! 3 muslins on the jacket or the pants?

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