I sewed up this top pattern, View A, as one of my two pieces my final Fabric Mart Fabricista Fashion Challenge entry. I chose it because loved the wrapped gathers. Gathers are always good in my book for camouflaging your least favorite areas, which for me is my midsection. Read more about my entry and this top in particular here. This post is simply a pattern review.
McCalls 7249 was a fairly easy sew, I only had to glance over the instructions. I love gathers but I don’t love gathering, though in this lightweight knit it wasn’t bad. This top is only three pattern pieces (four for the sleeved version) and calls for finished edges, self facings and some understitching. I finished all of my seams on my serger for a clean interior finish.
Pattern: McCalls 7249
Pattern Description: close-fitting, pullover top or dress with gathered front overlay and narrow stitched hems
Fabric Used: Plum ITY knit from a local store
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? I they were straightforward.
Likes: Gathered wrap front
Dislikes: I don’t like that the front piece puckers beneath the bottom of the front overlay. That may be a sizing issue. I feel I should cut a size larger for the overlay or a size smaller for the front piece.
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: none
Would I sew it again? I think I might try the dress view
Would I recommend it to others? Yes, if you like the styling
Conclusion: A flattering top