Tuesday, April 8, 2014

McCall's 6436

I've been in search of the perfect button-up pattern for awhile now, and have collected a few. McCall's 6436 has had many favorable reviews, and has a lot of the qualities I was looking for: front and back darts, collar with stand, button placket and longer length. After reading in those reviews that this pattern ran big, I did not make my usual adjustments and sewed this gingham up as a test garment right out of the pattern envelope. I really want a gingham button down(!), so I'm glad I have more fabric as I need to tweak the pattern in some areas.
Looks great on the dress form, yes?:



Well.......

Us usual, I'll need a little more room in the front:


And we can all see those sway-back wrinkles:


Garment details: 
Black and white gingham from Fabric.com
PerfectFuse sheer interfacing from Palmer/Pletsch
Buttons from my collection

The alterations needed next time: shorten sleeves 1", adjust for broad back, sway back, and FBA.
Once those adjustments are made, I hope to have the perfectly fitted button-up!

6 comments:

  1. Well, shirts can be worn very nicely over t-shirts as jackets - and they don't need to close!!! The sway back wrinkles are not that bad really - many are worse. I think you have made yourself a nice throw on over t-shirts jacket shirt :)

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    1. Thanks, Sarah Liz, I've worn it as a shirt jacket.....a wearable test garment!

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  2. I really like this top. But you broke the cardinal rule when you failed to make the broad back adjustment! ;)

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    1. Thanks, hon! I have some chambray for the next one.....and I won't forget the broad back adjustment this time!

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  3. Love how the fabric becomes rather psychedelic in the photos. As for alterations, yes, you'll be happier once they are done, but the non-sewing public sees this as a master piece ;)

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    1. Thank you, Rhonda. You are right, and I think we can go a little crazy searching for that "perfect fit"....I am just so happy that over the last year I have figured out what fitting adjustments I need to make!

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