McCalls 6899: DIY pleated jersey tunic top
It’s not often that I will start a post with a rear view, but that’s where its at with this top! This is McCalls 6899, made up in a fine, floaty polycotton jersey from my sponsor, Click Fabrics, which has a horizontal weave, almost like a slub, to it. It’s perfect for a soft top like this with it’s pleated details, and will be fabulous during the warmer weather as well as wearing right now layered with a light cardigan or jacket.
This top might not appeal to everyone because of the amount of ease which it has. It is huge! But you just have to embrace that fact before you make it, if you do, and appreciate this is not a form fitting top. I love the pleated detail at the back. Another look:
I originally cut the long sleeves for this top, but after I attached one and tried it on, I looked like I was drowning in it, so I cut the sleeve off, and attached the sleeve bands instead.
Very loose-fitting tops and tunic have dropped shoulders, yoke and pleat variations, narrow hem and front button closing. A and B: collar extends into tie ends, mock front band, back yoke, forward shoulder seams, and no shoulder seams. A and C: armhole bands. D: tie ends. Shaped hemline B and rolled sleeves D: wrong side shows. C and D: collar/front bands and button tabs.
I made view C.
XS – XXL
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, except for I didn’t conceal the ends of the centre front band the way they described because I found that it was distorting the shape of the front of the tunic, so I just turned my ends under and top stitched.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the pleating at the back. I love the comfort. Being as I made it in white it will go with everything and be the perfect piece to layer now or wear alone later. It looks good worn loose as well as tucked in. It is very generous in it’s cut, which may not be for everyone. It is rated as an easy sew….it was quite fiddly sewing the front bands. I did it ok using steam a seam as help. I think a complete beginner may find the bands harder to sew.
Very light weight polycotton jersey.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Aside from shortening the top by 2 inches, nothing else.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again. I think there is a lot you could do with this pattern to customise it. Lace yoke at the back, make it in chiffon, silk or crepe, make a dress out of it, contrast front bands/ collar and sleeve backs, and of course there is the option of the tie collar etc. Yes, I would recommend.
If you are looking for an oversize tunic top with some nice details check it out.
See you soon friends!