Pattern Hacks, Tops
Comments 15

McCalls 6612 – A Nearmiss

Last Monday I woke up wanting to sew. It’s a long time since I woke up with ‘the urge’!

I was meeting my crafty friends for lunch and ‘needed’ something new to wear. So after a rummage through my used patterns I decided upon McCalls 6612.

McCalls 6612

A dead easy pattern which I can throw together in an hour or so. It’s actually the first pattern I used when I got back into sewing in 2013, though it took me all day to sew up the first time as I was a bit rusty.

I chose view C with 3/4 sleeves – the length of the sleeve was determined by the amount of fabric I had.

I’ve had this slinky jersey in my stash for about 3 years. I bought it from Truro fabrics when holidaying in Cornwall and had gifted half of it during Jungle January sometime ago.
I raised the neckline an inch as I find it can show a little bit too much cleavage especially when the fabric is so stretchy.
I didn’t intend to colour block the sleeves. As you can see from the pic above I cut out 2. But then I picked up a scrap of fabric to run through my overlocker to check the stitching and grabbed a bloody sleeve! Oops!
A little rummage in my jersey scrap bag produced some very similar black slinky jersey that was the back of an old RTW dress. Phew! Panic over!

I wasn’t 100% happy with it, and it didn’t feel quite right, but I wore it. When I got home after the lunch I had a rethink and decided to finish the sleeves with a band of opposite fabric.

Success!! My mishap with the ‘scrap’ of fabric, i.e. the sleeve, left me with a top that I really love!
I’ve worn it 3 times since I made it last week, with jeans and with black leggings and got loads of compliments!

I’m a great believer of everything happening for a reason, and here’s proof of that. So thankyou Sewing Gods for my nearmiss and helping me creative something a little bit different which I love.

Happy Sewing & Cheerio for now,

Thimbers x


  1. Good for you! Who else but someone who had their sewjo back would sew up a new shirt to wear out the same day.

  2. Yeah for waking up ready to sew, and for re-doing a bit you didn’t like!!! What will be your next adventure – another goodie for the new house? A kind mend for a friend? Something special for your own Special Self?!

  3. Lovely – and nobody else will have one like it!
    Your hair is looking very pretty at the moment – are you growing it out?

    • I don’t know what’s happening with the hair do, it just keeps growing, I’m sat with a head of foils on it at the minute so might be a bit different this week x

  4. Good for you–the unusual aspects of it make it more striking to me than it would be otherwise. It’s great with the black leggings. You’re looking quite fit these days!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s