McCalls 6649 Review

Hello!  Today I was able to drag my photographer outside to capture some finished makes.  While it was windy, we were able to get a few shots.  But before I reveal my March makes next week, I wanted to post a pattern review for M6649.

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Don't you just love pattern pictures?  It just goes to show how important it is to look at line drawings on the back.  Many great patterns get overlooked due to atrocious styling on the front. 

But I digress , . . a little bit about the pattern: it is a button down blouse pattern that comes with different cup size blouse fronts.  It also has a few collar variations.  I, however, was most interested in the fact that it is a fitted button down shirt.  Because I am short-waisted, I do not often tuck in my shirts.  However, there are a few occasions where I like to have a more fitted silhouette up top to balance out a fuller bottom.  Case in point, my Zinnia skirt.  I made the this skirt last year for my mother's retirement party.  Its made from some fantastic silk taffeta I got for a steal in Tennessee.  I paired it with a me-made Archer blouse.  While I absolutely LOVE my archer (and wear it ALL the time), it was not a good fit for this skirt.  There was too much volume around my waist (where I do not need it!) and I looked very boxy.  After looking at pictures of the event, I decided that a fitted blouse would be much more becoming.  Thus began my search for a TNT fitted blouse pattern.

This was my first attempt at the pattern.  I made no alterations to the pattern.  While I normally have to do a FBA on any fitted top, I was able to use the c-cup front and that seemed to work perfectly.  There are a few alterations that I did end up making for my second version that I will talk about later in the week.

What do you think of this fabric?  It's Robert Kauffman from a few years ago, I think.  Yes, I have fishing lures on my shirt and no, I do not fish.  I just loved the tone on tone coloring on the chambray and I thought the lures were cute.  I really love this top with this skirt and I think it will get worn a ton this summer with my shorts.

All in all, I felt that this was a great pattern.  Aside from the side seams and armscye seam (which are overlocked) the entire inside is a clean finish.  I also love the cup size options for those of us with fuller bust lines.  Like I said before, I did make some alterations to the pattern, but nothing out of the ordinary for my body.  If you can find it, it's a great base pattern for all sorts of options.

Until next time . . .