I purchased this pattern quite a while ago with the plan to make the dress (View C). I loved the gathering and the peplum. Later I found a beautiful bright floral cotton jersey that would be perfect for a summer version of this pattern. However I had never used elastic in a seam allowance for gathering and I was a bit of hesitant to cut into my beautiful floral fabric. So I never did.
Fast forward to last week, I needed a quick sew to feed my sewing addiction and thought about McCalls 7046 wanting to hold on to the last bit of summer. Still not wanting to cut into that floral cotton jersey I decided to make a wearable muslin. Going through my fabric stash I found a large scrap of this maroon rayon/lycra knit. It was not enough for the dress but just enough for the top as View A only requires 7/8 yd. I decided the top would still fill the purpose of a muslin for the dress as the only difference is length and adding the peplum.
I really like the top! Although next time I will definitely make it in a jersey for more of a casual look. The shiny lycra knit is a little much for this simple top to me. Regardless I paired it with slacks and wore it to work today! I’m looking forward to making the dress with long sleeves for the fall.
Pattern: McCalls 7046
Pattern Description: Close-fitting, pullover tops and dresses have elasticized side seams and narrow hem. A: wrong side shows on sleeves. B: elasticized sleeves. C and D: flounce variations.
Sizing: 6-14, 14-22
Difficulty: 1/Beginner (minus the sleeves)
Fabric Used: Rayon/Lycra or ITY
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes they were simple.
Likes: The cute flounce sleeve and the gathering that hides the tummy.
Dislikes: Hemming the flounce sleeve was the worst part, but it wasn’t that bad.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None
Would I sew it again? Yes I plan to make the top again but with the full sleeve and in a cotton jersey of View D and one if not both of the dress views.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes it is a simple and quick sew. Took me maybe 2hours including cutting.
Conclusion: Great little top that is flattering