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Monday, 3 March 2014

A Summery Vest Top (McCalls 6065)



It feels like spring is just around the corner, at least today anyway. See that in the photos, I hear it is called sunlight. We haven't seen it for a while! 

With hopeful visions of sunny days, I have been buying a few patterns for the girls. This one is a McCalls pattern for top, dress, shorts and capri pants. Sounds like all you need in one package! The pattern is M6065 and I have made view B with the gathered pockets.


I like the girly vibe to this pattern, the raised waistline and the gathered skirt make it a really pretty top. I made it as per instructions and it all went together smoothly. Well about 99% smooth anyway. The shoulder seams were a bit of a pain. 

The bodice is lined and the shoulder seam of the lining requires slipstitching together once the top has been turned right side out. The edges of my lining didn't meet by about 3/8" so stitching them together would have been tricky. At this point I tried it on her to assess how much I could alter the straps by to make it all fit, only to be concerned by how low the scoop neckline was. Without the t-shirt underneath it is just a bit too low for comfort. I would redraft the neckline next time and bring it up by about an inch. 

So after a bit of fiddling about, I got the straps sorted. 


This is a lovely small scale floral print that I have used before and it is a really good blender with the items in her wardrobe. It will girly up a white top and jeans.


The pockets are huge! The gathers make them a bit different and if this is made up from a solid fabric, they will add a nice detail.


There are 4 different options with this pattern, 3 tops and 1 dress plus the shorts/capri pants. I think I will get my money's worth out of this pattern. It runs from 3-6yrs, which means I will be able to make some for both girls. 


8 comments:

  1. It is sweet Katy - love the pockets
    And I hope that the seasons change quickly for you - you have had such a horrid winter that I don't mind the fact that we are moving into autumn/winter as long as you can all have some sun.

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    1. Thanks Justine, I think everybody has had reason to grumble about the weather in one form or another over the last few months. I will happily settle for some warmer air and sunshine, even if it is just to get my veggies planted in the garden. Last year was a wash out!

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  2. I do like those pockets, almost a Japanese pattern feel to them. The sunlight looks so gentle I hope it starts to warm things up for you.

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    1. Thanks, it was the pockets that drew me to the pattern in the first place. They are similar to those on the Sally Dress (I think that is the right one). It needs some extra length as well but I have a 2 pairs of Picnic Shorts and a pair of denim Sailboats cut out so another top will have to wait!

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  3. Those pockets are a nice detail! I'm glad that you got some sunshine and warmer temps.:)

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    1. They are cute, but then I am a sucker for gathers!

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  4. Its just so pretty Katy but my, how our little girls are growing up!

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    1. Sigh, I know. She whispered to me last night that even when she is big, she will still want lots of snuggles. That sort of thing reminds me she is still little!

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