Monday, June 24, 2013

McCalls 6754: Blue Peplum Pattern Review

Sorry for the lack of posts. I am in the middle of this...

In case you can't tell...that is my craft room buried in there. I decided to finally put this room together and to say it is chaos is an understatement. This photo actually shows it in pretty good condition...scary, huh? But, shelves and  a pegboard are underway (thanks, honey) a whole pattern and fabric organization revamp is complete and I hope to dig myself out of this mess soon so I can get back to sewing. is a look at something I made before this disaster.

Top: (DIY), Gold Belt (thrifted), White Jeans: Mossimo (thrifted), yellow earrings (DIY), wedge sandals: Antonio Melani (thrifted)

As I recorded where everything was from, it is crazy to me that this entire outfit is thrifted or made by me. The jeans were new with tags and the shoes are some of my favorites. Every once in awhile I get lucky at the thrift stores...enough to keep me going back! 

Now, on to the top. This is McCalls 6754: view c. I picked up a stretch sateen in navy blue from the clearance section at Joann. I knew I wanted to make this top but I was worried it didn't have enough stretch. Fortunately, I am able to wear it without problems. 

Pattern Description
MISSES' TOPS AND DRESSES: Close-fitting and flared tops and dresses have neckline variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, and narrow hems. B: underlined. C and D: bias bodice, and side front seams.
Designed for medium weight two-way stretch knits.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Novelty Knit, Jersey. B: Lace Knit. Underlining B: Tricot.
NOTIONS: A,B,C,D: 11/2 yds. of 1/4" Elastic.

Pattern SizingY(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I made view C.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern comes together quickly. I accidentally didn't read ahead and serged the skirt (peplum) portion to the bodice, not realizing you are supposed to attach elastic using the seam allowance as the casing. But, it seems to fit alright without it. Also, had I paid closer attention to the fabulous Mimi G's review I would have realized the arm is cut way too big. Instead, I was too enamored with her outfit and missed that part :) So, I had to take an unconventional route to make them smaller after they were sewn. I put in two darts and slashed them open. It is probably all kinds of incorrect in the sewing world, but it ended up being alright. It looks really wrinkly in the photo below but it wore much better. 

Fabric Used:
Blue Stretch Sateen

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Just the unintended sleeve change, in the future I think I would add a bit more length to the peplum.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? 
Yes, I plan on making it again and possibly the dress version as well. 



  1. I love your outfit, I can't believe you thrifted those gorgeous pants! And the top is amazing! Wouldn't be too bothered about the sleeves, it looks pretty cute!

  2. This looks awesome, and I love the pants and styling. Why are sleeves so difficult? I've been known to go through three different sleeves to get the right fit. I guess that's the beauty of sewing--eventually you get them right, even if its not the conventional way! :)

    1. Thanks Lisa, everyone is making me feel much better about my unconventional sewing on the sleeves :)

  3. LOVE this top! You did a fantastic job. And I am in absolute love with your outfit! I was actually almost too enamoured with your outfit to pay attention to what you said about the arm holes, just like you were with Mimi G! I really like the balance the flared jeans give a peplum top, I've only ever seen them worn with skinny jeans and if you're hippy at all that can be...unfortunate.

    This was also my first visit to your blog, and I'm now following you on FB, Pinterest and Bloglovin'! Can't wait to see what you make next!

  4. I didn't even notice the sleeves, I thought it was part of the pattern! The top looks great, I love it when a pattern fits straight out of the packet :)


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