First up for the Pattern Stash contest is McCall’s 5884. As I am wearing the blouse, I just feel like I pulled something out of Doris Day’s closet. Granted when I did a Google search for Doris Day, no tie collar blouses were in the image search.
It was so much easier than I thought it would be. For view A (sleeveless), there are only 4 pattern pieces which means it is quick to cut. I don’t know about anyone else, but the more pieces the pattern has the more I dislike cut it out. Granted switching to the rotary cutter has sped up cutting patterns a lot and made it easier. I think all total, this top took me about 3 hours to make.
Any other versions of the McCall’s pattern would definitely need to have the front neckline raised. It is a little low for my preference. I would probably also change how to do the collar. The instructions have one sew the ends of the collar then sew it to the neckline. I would like to try out putting it on the neckline first then folding the collar in half, pin, and top stitch down the entire length of the collar.
This pattern could work well with a stable knit too. I can’t think of any reason why it would not. The shoulder seams would definitely need to be reinforced with clear elastic. The sleeve pieces would need to be borrowed from another pattern for a t-shirt style sleeve.
I have also made the Burda magazine 10-2010-118 which is also a tie front pull-over blouse. So a quick comparison of the two, in instructions the McCall’s pattern is so much better than the Burda magazine. But that shouldn’t shock anyone. I really dislike the little button on the Burda pattern. I really like the front of the McCall’s pattern with the gathers on it. I feel like I got a better finished product. For any beginner to sewing, the McCall’s pattern would be much easier for them to make.
As I am typing this out, all I can think of is version D with the long sleeves in the snake print rayon Challis that I passed up over at the fabric store’s clearance section.