Monday, October 14, 2013
McCall 3662: The 'Sew Bossy Top'
This top is also called "Summer, Please Come Back"! This is my first creation as part of The Sew Bossy Initiative:
It was dreamed up by Heather from Closet Case Files and the lovely Oonaballoona. The key concept is that you partner up with another sewist and send them sewing goodies YOU want to see them sew (hence the bossy bit...). I knew instantly that I wanted to partner up with the one and only Cassie Stephens, art teacher and sewist extraordinaire! If you haven't check out her blog, you MUST. She inspires me, keeps me laughing and makes me want to change careers all at once!
Cassie sent me an entire care package complete with adorable letters from her art students about Scotland! Included in the package was some amazing feedsack fabric that I knew instantly had to be made into McCall 3662.
Oh, I forgot to mention that both Cassie and I were about as unbossy as you could get with each other. We preferred to use the Sew Bossy Initiative to send international care packages...but of course, there is still some fabric left and I expect to get a bossy email about how to use it. lol...
McCall 3662 is one of the coolest patterns in the 1940 McCall catalogue. I bought it from Cynical Girl on Etsy. Mary's shop is one of my absolute favourites on Etsy--a treasure trove of vintage patterns. Plus, Mary has been amazing in helping to organise the vintage pattern sellers on Etsy and runs the Vintage Pattern Marketplace! Yay for independent patterns sellers!
I ended up having enough fabric to make view 1 which ties at the back and also has a bodice neck tie. Both views 1 and 3 hit about mid-waist in length, which is actually perfect with high-waisted trousers (such as those in Simplicity 3688):
Here's a close-up of the amazing feedsack fabric design:
I graded this pattern up six inches and I actually think I made it a little bit too big as it gapes slightly at the bottom front. I will fix this on other versions as I definitely want to make all of them!
Hopefully, there will be some warm weather destinations in 2014 so that I can make views 1 and 3.
Have you heard of The Sew Bossy Initiative? Are you participating?
Labels: The 1940 McCall Project