This McCall’s pattern has become a fast favorite. As of right now, I have a dress, 5 sleeveless tops, and one long sleeve top from it. I definitely have improved on the back neck finishing since I started using this pattern in October 2018.
Here is what I had originally written in October 2018:
I traced out a straight size 16 but I blended the view A cowl with view C cowl. I was trying to raise the cowl from being too low. I didn’t really succeed. The cowl is still low but blending the 2 cowls together I think gave me a fuller cowl. The fuller cowl does cover the top more but it is still a low cowl but wearable for me.
The size 16 was fairly close to the size I needed for my waist. I ended up using quarter inch seam allowance for the side seams just so it wasn’t super skin tight.
I used some of the magenta ITY I had in my stash. It does drape well for this top. I used an overlock stitch from my sewing machine just to finish off the cowl edge.
Really the only trouble I had in making my version was the back of neck facing. There are ripples in along the seam line. I used clear elastic to stabilize the section instead of twill tape so that maybe the reason. But otherwise, the top was easy to put together.
I took about 2 inches off the bottom and took about an inch and half hem.
The pink long sleeve top was probably made in March and was a straight trial of view D. I remember I had to shorten the sleeves. I may go back and slim the sleeve down some too so it is more wearable.
I completed the dress in June 2019. It is view C in size 16. I lengthened the top by 9 inches. I had to shorten the sleeves by 2 inches and take a 2 inch hem on them. Plus on the sleeves, I had to taper in the sleeve from the bottom to about the elbow so that the sleeves were slim.
The main goal was to get a sleeveless cowl neck top that I like. So I traced out view C/D (the higher cowl neck) and did the adjustments to the arm scythe. I raised it a quarter inch in the bottom and moved the shoulder in a quarter inch. I did end up removing the quarter inch I raised the under arm area.