McCall’s 7249 – Knit Top


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.


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Burda 6990 – Funnel Neck Knit Top


I’m still sewing solid colored tops. My beautiful printed fabrics keep calling to me but I must stay strong. One or two more tops and I’ll call it good for now on the solid front. My most recent knit top is a raglan sleeve funnel neck top.

This top came together quickly. The only change I made was to narrow the sleeves by a 1/2″ from the hem to the elbow, tapering to nothing at the underarm seam. My fabric is some kind of medium stretch “wool” jersey blend from JoAnn’s. I was attracted to the color.

I particularly like the shape of this top. It is not too tight and not too loose. It looks great tucked in or worn over pants/skirts.


Burda 6990 offers five different necklines and two lengths. The pattern is rated as “Super Easy” and I must agree.  It is a great basic pattern that delivers wonderful results. We can all use some of those in our stash.


Gratuitous picture in front of a giant redwood just because.


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