McCalls 7248, Butterick 6179, Jalie 3461 Eleonore Jeans and McCalls 6886: DIY animal print top, culottes, jeggings and breton top

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McCalls 7248 animal print tunic top and Butterick 6179 triple crepe culottes

Hello Readers!

Today is a bit of a bumper post containing the next 4 items that I sewed up for the wardrobe contest currently running on PR.com. The first thing I have to say is that I am about to cut out item number 7, but I have made a decision that I am not going to rush to complete the remaining 4 items by the end of the month. I am absolutely fine with that, and it is the right decision for me. I have no regrets with what I have sewn up for the contest so far and will still go on to probably sew the remaining garments in my own good time.

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McCalls 7248 animal print tunic top and Butterick 6179 triple crepe culottes

So first up is Butterick 6179, first sewn here. This version is made in a triple crepe and the only alteration I made was to shorten this version by 2 inches compared to the first version. I LOVE these culottes…I know they are not everyones cup of tea…but I just love how I feel when I wear them. Classy, elegant, sophisticated and on trend. Nothing more to say about these.

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McCalls 7248 animal print tunic top and Butterick 6179 triple crepe culottes

The top…now that’s a whole other matter, LOL. The top is McCalls 7248. I had such high hopes for this top, especially after seeing Amanda’s gorgeous version, and really I guess I was hoping this version (made in a polyester georgette) would be a wearable muslin. And it kind of almost is. But, you see, I made a decision to raise the neckline split by 1 inch and I think that 1 little inch has thrown the fit of the whole top off. You can probably see in the pictures it is pulling over the top of my bust from the neckline split.

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McCalls 7248 animal print tunic top and Butterick 6179 triple crepe culottes

If you follow me on instagram you would have seen I initially attached one of the sleeves and it just felt tight right across the tops of the arms and across the back. So I took the sleeve off and added a self bias facing at the armholes and kept it sleeveless. The fit of this top is not perfect and I really don’t know if it is simply down to that 1 inch or something else. I did do an FBA on the pattern and added bust darts before sewing…even in this sleeveless version the armholes are snug (but wearable). Any thoughts? Here’s some pictures of it untucked (I would never wear it like this with the culottes BTW!)…and my review follows.

 

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Loose-fitting, pullover tops have front band and pleat, back pleat, Self-lined yoke, and narrow hem. A and B: Bias neck binding and gathers. B, C (button tab) and D: Long sleeves with continuous lap, pleats and button cuffs. Wrong side shows on rolled sleeves C, and longer back hemline B and D. C and D: Neck band.

I made view B with the sleeve tabs from View C and the hem from View D.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Erm…kind of. My version is sleeveless.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

For the most part, yes. I did NOT like the instructions for the neck band and did my own thing! First off you are told to staystich the neckline at 0.5 inches from the raw edge, but the neck band is sewn on using a 3/8 inch seam allowance, which means the stay stitching is visible (and therefore had to be unpicked). Secondly, if you follow the instructions fot the neck band I think the pattern has you treat the neck band almost like a bias facing? I didn’t get that. I wanted my neck band to be more visible so I turned the inside edge under and slip stitched it closed.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

See above for a dislike. The fit of my top is off and the main reason I think is due to the fact I raised the neckline slit depth by 1 inch. It seems to have thrown the fit of the whole top off. There are pull lines radiating out from the neckline slit over the top of my bust. Initially I had a sleeve on and it felt tight across the tops of the arms and across the back. I ended up taking the sleeve off and adding a self bias facing to finish the armholes off. I don’t know if dropping the depth back down again will alleviate these problems. Even in this sleeveless version the armholes feel snug.

Fabric Used:

Polyester georgette with animal print.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Reduced sleeve length by 0.5 inch.

0.5 inch sway back adjustment.

Raised depth of neckline slit by 1 inch (including shortening pattern piece number 2 – front band – by `1 inch).

1 inch FBA, adding in side bust dart.

I interfaced the neck band using a tricot interfacing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I don’t know. I think on a smaller busted person this would be a great top.

Conclusion:

Disappointed but that’s the nature of the sewing beast. I will probably still wear this top. When I get over it maybe I will look at this pattern again…or just move on (more likely).

 

Ok, so next we have Jalie 3461 Eleonore pull-on jeans. First time sewn here.

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Jalie 3461 Eleonore jeans and McCalls 6886 modified to breton top

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Jalie 3461 Eleonore jeans and McCalls 6886 modified to breton top

This version is made in 10 oz cotton denim with 2% elastane and they fit and feel much better than the first pair. Changes made:

  • Moved back pocket position down by 0.25 inches
  • Shortened length of leg above knee by 1ย  inch
  • Slimmed inner thigh down by 0.25 inch
  • Raised crotch by 0.25 inch
  • Reduced rise by 1 inch
  • Reduced depth of waistband by 0.5 inch
  • Lengthened at calf by 3 inches (I like the wrinkled ankle look)
  • I cut the back elastic 1 inch shorter than the front. For the next pair I would make this more like 1.5 inches shorter.

Overall I love them. Very flattering (I think) and I have worn them all day and the denim has not bagged out at all. I have made another pair…next time!

Finally I made a top length version of McCalls 6886 using a striped ponte knit. I added 5/8 inch seam allowance below the bust (could perhaps have even added on a little more for a looser fit?), made the sleeves 3/4 length and added side slits. The neckline is finished using a chambray bias facing. Very neat.

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Jalie 3461 Eleonore jeans and McCalls 6886 modified to breton top

 

Phew! Ok. So, that’s me for today. Where is this year flying away too? Have a great weekend. Until soon…

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Jalie 3461 Eleonore jeans and McCalls 6886 modified to breton top

 

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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

43 responses to “McCalls 7248, Butterick 6179, Jalie 3461 Eleonore Jeans and McCalls 6886: DIY animal print top, culottes, jeggings and breton top”

  1. Thimberlina says :

    Both outfits looks really flattering on you, and classy in different ways. I wouldn’t have notice the first one not sitting properly because of reducing the split at the front if you’d not mentioned it. But I’m too distracted by your stunning red heals! They look like they go with everything and I MUST have some!! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ 

  2. craftycreeky says :

    Gosh you have been busy, love the jeggings and the Breton top ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nakisha says :

    Love them all but the culottes really work for you. They look fantastic!

    I don’t think I’m going to finish the contest either. But so far I LOVE the garments I’ve made. So that’s okay by me.

  4. SeeKatSew says :

    I love all of these! The tunic is super pretty, the fabric choice is perfect. And those culottes…! I recommend you make more, they are so flattering.

  5. Candice says :

    I absolutely adore your jeans, the fit on them are fantastic!

  6. jay says :

    Great looks, my favourite is the culottes with the top tucked in. This ‘skirt’ shape is bang on for you, perfect length and just right with the heels.

  7. Sew, Jean Margaret says :

    Four fabulous garments Manju. They all suit you very well and I love how they can all be mixed and matched. Awesome red shoes too.

  8. prttynpnk says :

    Who’s a busy girl! The culottes are fab and of course, I love the red top!

  9. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says :

    they all look great and those Jalie jeans are fantastic, look perfect.

  10. Myra says :

    I love everything! I know your red top is a muslin and despite the collar and armsync issue, I think still makes a great casual (errand running) top to wear with those AWESOME fitting pull on jeans!!

    I understand how life can get in the way and when you can’t complete something you intended, you do just as you have…move on and be okay with it!

    I have the Jalie Eleanore Pull on jeans on my list to sew VERY soon and found your review very timely and informative! Thank you and great job!

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Myra. Yep you are right about the top still being ok to run round in. You should definitely sew the jeans up…be prepared to tweak perhaps but when you get the fit down they are fab.

  11. beebeesvintagedress says :

    Both outfits are fabulous Manju, where did you find that denim? I’m always on the look out for denims that have some elastane in! Thanks for the run down of your adjustments. I hate trouser fitting but I think I may have similar adjustments.

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks beebeesvintagedress the denim was an eBay purchase. With trousers I think you just have to let go and do it and be prepared to make more than one pair to perfect the fit!

  12. Lynne says :

    Wow! Your culottes are gorgeous, I’d have sworn it was a skirt. I love everything else too, especially the jeans. You are the world’s fastest sewist!

  13. Amanda S. says :

    I find the length of these culottes to be very flattering on you. I don’t always love them on people but these are managing to be very chic and not dowdy in the least. I love the jeans and striped top outfit too. Those are staples you will wear with everything. Thanks for the shout out!

  14. Levone says :

    I love both outfits, my favorite being your Jalie jeans and the striped top! I hope you finish the contest, you’re oh so close and I love what you have shown. Myself on the other hand, does not have a chance, LOL, as I’m only on my second piece. I’ve been too distracted with sewing other things, but that’s ok because at least I’m sewing ;-).

    • sewmanju says :

      Thanks Levone. No I am definitely not going to make it now. I think 8 pieces might have been feasible but 10: nope. Yes, some sewing is better than none. I have no regrets about the sewing I did for this though!

  15. ccmercer1982 says :

    I love all of these makes Manju! The Breton top is just perfect for this time of year and I live the red animal print too – both complete outfits look great!

  16. Patricia says :

    I love your outfits. Beautiful fit! The shoes are definitely a winner for both looks.

  17. Andie W. says :

    Love all your pieces, but I am big fan of the culottes. They look fabulous on you.

  18. Tomasa says :

    Both outfits are gorgeous. I love your muslin top and the culottes are great. Those jeans are unbelievable – what a great fit! Regarding the muslin top, perhaps the pattern did not provide enough room in the upper chest area? Maybe you can compare it to similar top patterns you may have that you know fit you in this area. Another thought I have is that I remember in the Palmer Pletsch latest version of Fit for Real People, they described an FBA they refer to as their “Y” FBA. I believe it provides more room in the upper chest.

  19. bcwestblog says :

    Lovely red top and collates.I like the leggings and the striped top. I’m a real fan of 3/4 sleeves. I always worry about horizontal stripes but you definitely pulled it off.

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