McCall’s 7390

imageI bought this pattern when it was half price a few weeks ago with these two co-ordinating fabrics from Ditto Fabrics in mind.

imageimageMcCall’s 7390 is shown on the pattern envelope made using a stripe in two directions and I thought the two florals would work.

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Just after I had acquired both the pattern and fabrics, Lori from Girls in the Garden posted her review of the same pattern which made me keen to get to work on my version.

Generally I have a narrow neck and shoulders – I also wanted to add some bust darts to provide a little shape so I cut a size 14 and did a 2.5 cm FBA (2 x 2.5 cm) and added darts.

McCall's 7390I think the fit works although Mylo doesn’t seem impressed.

The fabric was nice to sew, allowing nice crisp edges.

imageimageI added a bias cut strip to finish the armholes.

I’m pleased with the top although it’s taken a little while to get this post finished. However I can remember what the summer was like!

imageimageHappy sewing,

Amanda

Starting Somewhere

Welcome to my blog. I should have started this a long time ago but I guess it’s just one of those things I just didn’t get around to. I have enjoyed reading lots of sewing blogs and if I master the process of blogging there will be a list of my favourites on the right hand side of this page. I therefore wanted to join this wonderful community of on-line sewing and give something back to it (I hope).

I started sewing when I was old enough to reach the foot pedal of my mother’s Singer sewing machine. Fortunately I was a tall child and began practising with her machine when I was around 6 – no thread in the machine and following the lines on paper torn from old exercise books. Shortly afterwards I was given a proper dress pattern for my doll, as a birthday present I think, and I made my first dress. I still remember the garment now although in reality it is long gone – a yellow and pink paisley patterned cotton fabric with pink bias binding – well it was the early seventies. I must have had a dress using the same material.

The first garment I made for myself was a button through skirt when I was ten. It was a blue chambray fabric printed with the seven dwarves and came from Cowans fabric shop in Boston, Lincolnshire which I suspect is now long gone. I top stitched the skirt in yellow thread and used yellow buttons. I do recall telling my teacher that I had made the skirt, but she didn’t believe me.

Going to Grammar School at 11 years old meant that I had sewing lessons once a week – I very quickly developed my skills and in my teenage years I would try anything. I remember a few things – cord trousers, jeans made from an adapted trouser pattern (complete with the obligatory yellow top stitching), a three piece suit (Saturday Night Fever era) and countless dresses and skirts for going out in. I had a few close friends who sewed as well and it was almost a competition to see who made what – perish the thought that we would actually buy an outfit!

Anyway, I digress from why I have started this blog. Suffice it to say, I have returned to making clothes after an absence – work and curtains have seemed to take all my time in the following years. My recent garment sewing started again in 2011 and this will be the subject of my first proper post. In the meantime I’ll leave you with the namesake for this blog – our Cockapoo called Mylo who is Apricot in colour.

 

P1000010Happy Sewing,

Amanda