Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Top (McCall's 7573)


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McCall's 7573 was one of those patterns that I just had to buy as soon as I saw it. In fact, I had designed something similar to this pattern this winter and was planning on doing some creating pattern hacking to achieve this style, but then the new spring line was released, so thank you, McCall's, for saving me a lot of annoying drafting work! I knew this pattern would look great in everything from a bouncy linen to a drapey rayon challis (and I have some of the latter in black that I think will make a great night-out top) but I wanted to try it out in this amazing print from Harts Fabric--who wouldn't love a springy top in bright pink gingham(If you were wondering what this pattern looks like in a quilting-weight cotton, here you go!)

I've never had a lot of cute tops and now that I've been making more tops, I thought I ought to have some casual shorts to pair them with, so I just got this pair of dark denim shorts from Grana this week. These are my first pair of shorts in about 10 years--I generally wear skirts rather than shorts and I feel like I'm showing so much leg! I'm pretty sure that's just my being paranoid though, and this outfit was perfect for a casual Sunday spent getting brunch with my husband and then grilling out with a bunch of doggos at my pretty friend Lea's house. I got these because I liked that they were dark wash--although you can't tell here they're pretty high-waisted and would look very cute with a more pin-up style outfit too--but now I'm almost tempted to get a second pair either in a light, distressed wash or maybe white? (More white!) Or I could make some... do you know of any bloggers who have made Ginger short shorts?

I made a few slight changes to the finishing of the pattern. First, you'll notice that there is some slight gathering in the shoulders of my version where there is none on the pattern envelope. I'm not sure if I should size down or if it is due to my fabric pick, but the sleeves didn't lay flat against my arm. To prevent them from sticking out awkwardly, I inserted some elastic into the bias tape I used to finish all the edges. The bias tape is another change from the pattern as written; the instructions have you fold under and top stitch the fabric for the sleeves, ruffle, and hem, but I think bias tape gives a much neater finish. Also, I think the ruffle with the sleeves is way overkill--I'd like to make a few more versions of this pattern (the closed shoulder one especially) but I don't think I'll be using those sleeve pieces at all.

Is it just me or do most people sew tons of tops and less by way of dresses, pants, and skirts? I never spent any time making tops and past Me Made Mays I've really felt the pinch, but this year I feel way more prepared! Speaking of #mmmay17, we're half way through... how's it going?

xoxo,
allie

ps: i also think this top would be so cute in this floral rayon, this pretty linen, or this dotty lawn!




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15 comments:

  1. Oh, that's so cute, Allie!! Love the pink gingham sooo much! And styled perfectly as usual!

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  2. Hey Ms. Allie,
    I'm new to your blog, but I must say, you look amazing!!!! Love the entire outfit. I just purchased the McCAll pattern, I'll have to stitch up that top. I'm a subscriber :0)

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! I hope you like the top pattern as much as I did!

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  3. this is so lovely, i adore gingham!! also i don't have a blog but i did make pretty much *the* shortest shorts possible last summer from my ginger pattern, i love them! the woven version is on my instagram (punkrockmartha), and i made a closure-free ponte pair which pretty much made my life as summer secret pajamas.

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    1. I see the ponte pair but not the denim one! off to stalk your instagram some more... :)

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  4. Very cute! It sounds like your construction changes were right on the ball. And perfect for shorts! As for sewing tops vs. anything else.... I think I'm usually pretty evenly split, but as a separates lover, not so many dresses. Tops are a great way to use fun fabric, often quick to sew (well, not if it's a button up collared shirt ;)), and get a lot of wear in my life.

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    1. I'm just the opposite--all dresses all the time and hardly any separates :)

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  5. very cute! and nice styling :-)
    I made some ginger shorts a couple years ago. I cut the wrong size for me but I gave them to a friend and she loves them

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    1. Good to know!! I'm excited to make my own pair.

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  6. Cute outfit! Your post inspired me to cut my wearable muslin pair of Ginger jeans into shorts. The whole process took about 15 minutes, and I love them. The original pair was made with stretchy denim (not my favorite) but they work great as shorts. Also, if you ever want to meet up in Durham, let me know! renee.ryberg@gmail.com

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  7. Very cute colour and lovely details! :)

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