Another solid colored top completed. This one is McCalls’s 7249 sewn in a wonderful French terry from Stone Mountain & Daughter in Berkeley, California. This fabric has four way stretch with wonderful recovery.
I normally sew a size 8 in McCall’s but went down to a size 6 based on reviews by other sewists. I sewed the sleeves in flat. This changes the order of construction. I basted the side seams to check for fit and decided to sew 1/2″ seams instead of the 5/8″ called for by the pattern. I realize that does not sound like a big difference but it was just the little bit needed for the fit I was looking for. I sewed a 1/2″ seam for the sides but transitioned to a 5/8″ seam when I got to the sleeve seams.
The pattern offers the possibility of a dress as well as sleeve variations. I can see myself sewing this again. I could keep adding solid colored tops to my closet but I have so many other patterns and fabrics crying out for attention that I’m moving on for now.