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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

15 Comments

  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!

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