M6886 and M7046 have been hanging out in my pattern stash for way to long. They fell in love, got married, and now they had a baby.
My latest creation is a Frankenpattern: This white knit top with ruffly- circle sleeves. Design deets at the end of the post, if you would like to make your own!
The top is a frankenpattern. I took the sleeves from Mcalls M7046 and the bodice from TNT Mcalls M6886 and combined the two. While I love the soft and romantic sleeves on M7046, I didn’t care for the ruched and gathered bodice. All that does is add bulk to the garment.. so I wanted to keep the bodice fairly simple and let the sleeves have all the attention.
Btw, If you have been following me since I started blogging, you might remember these high-waisted wide leg pants I made a while back. Now that the temperatures are dropping, I can wear these again.
I am so crazy in love with these sleeves. This might be my new favorite. I am going to wear it as much as I can before it gets cold.
Before I move on to this GORGEOUS denim skirt, let me just say that the top is a two-hour project. Start to finish. The sleeves aren’t an exact match but if you are like me, you are pretty good at “wingin it”. So make this blouse NOW :)))))
ok- Now for the denim skirt. There are two stories behind this denim skirt.. I love telling stories so here goes. Once upon a time, many moons ago, when I worked in the corporate nerdery, I was uptown and walking through some food festival to grab lunch where I saw this absolutely gorgeous girl dressed in nicely tailored pencil denim skirt and a crisp white button down, and a simple string of pearls. She grabbed my attention and I was in LOVE with the outfit. How can two such simple fabrics. cotton and denim make such an amazing outfit? So… I wanted my own… That was a million years ago..
Now on to the 2nd story. I made this skirt last-minute because I had to go to work one day… and like every woman on this planet, I walked into a closet full of clothes and said “I have nothing to wear”. So I picked up some leftover fabric I had sitting around since the days of fashion school and whipped this up. I copied the pattern from a black skirt I have.
The skirt has a wide waist band, is high-waisted and pretty form-fitting. There are no darts, because this is a stretchy fabric.
I have gotten a lot of wear out of this skirt, mainly because is dressy and comfortable at the same time. I wear this to work a good bit…. with a crisp white button down 🙂
PATTERN: McCall M6886 for the bodice combined with Mcalls M7046 for the sleeves.
FABRIC: I used a white ponte knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics. You can find their selection of ponte knits HERE
SEWING: Easy, breezy, beautiful. Two hour project. I left the sleeves raw. No hemming. I used this way of attaching the seams. I picked up the sleeves on the shoulder cap and placed them closer to my neck on the shoulder seam and tacked them down. This made them look more lifted and not so droopy.
Hope you enjoyed reading this and found it helpful. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Are you moving on to fall sewing or still holding on to summer like me?