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Simply Dotty for McCalls 6563

Hello all,

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My local Fabricland was working through their annual inventory and had most everything on sale last week.  I have a bit of a soft spot for polka dots.  So when I spied two blouse weight rayon blends in cream and black, I knew straight away that they needed to come home with me.  Stand up and be counted?  Nay my spotted beauties, I’ll rescue you.

I took advantage of one of the many rainy days we have had of late to make McCalls 6563, which is a cowl neck shell.  This is a great pattern for quick additions to my “workin’ gal” wardrobe.  For both blouses, I made view “A”.

Here is the picture from the pattern envelope.



And here are the pattern pieces all traced out and ready to go.



Just two pieces, front and back.  Because of the drapey cowl, both pieces must be cut on the bias…or must they?  As it turns out, there wasn’t much left on the bolt of one of my fabrics and I didn’t have enough length to cut it on the bias.  There was only one way to go and that was to cut it on the straight grain.   Note that I only got away with taking this approach because I was using a slippery, thin rayon and since I had bought it for a song I didn’t see much of a risk if it didn’t turn out.

As you might well imagine, construction was a snap.  Both fabrics were bound with a co-ordinating bias around the neck edge.


And I finished the bottom edges with a picot rolled hem.





Lately I am finding that McCalls seem to run large on me.  Here is the first iteration of the blouse.  The pattern envelope shows it being worn loose but it felt a bit sloppy, so I added a belt.


No, this does not work for me.  It feels much better once tucked in like I have done here.



And because it felt quite roomy, the second version is made just a titch smaller.



As I said earlier, this is a great addition to my work wardrobe and a good layering piece for under a blazer or suit jacket as well.  I may make this again in the fall in an autumn colour or jewel tone.

This is a very good example of the advantage of sewing.  A very simple pattern allows the fabric of your choosing take the stage.

Bye for now,




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