Friday, June 13, 2014

McCall's 6968: Wax Batik Print Top


It's humid. It's getting hotter (in the 80s F --high 20s/low30s C-- here in Baltimore now.)  I need more basic tank tops for the even more sweltering days to come.  I was totally inspired to make this 1990s-ish tank top, McCall's 6968, View B.  It's from the companies' 2014 spring/summer lineup.


I got this massive box of castaway fabric from a local seamstress friend (yep, I found a few goodies in there Renee!) and found this smaller bit of fabric that screamed "Sew with me. Sew with me now."  I found some helpful identifying  info about this cotton material right on the selvedge... it's a wax batik from Ghana.  It has dragons on it, too!  I wish I had enough of it to make a full on dress but it was a stretch to get enough for this little top.


I cut a size 16 bust, graded to an 18 waist and 20 hip.  There is a seam right down the center back that is wonderfully helpful for making fitting adjustments.  I had to remove about 4" (10 cm) from the back center seam from the waist down... it ended up way bigger then I needed.  I lengthened the top at the "lengthen here" line by 1" (2.5 cm) in front, but then just added the 1" (2.5 cm) on the hem for the back. Why?  I usually need a swayback adjustment, I thought this would mimic this adjustment where I usually remove a fisheye dart from my back waist.  It worked perfectly. Any wrinkling you see on my back is because of wearing the shirt for a while.  Plus I think I need to shorten the straps just a smidge to bring the top up a touch.


I had trouble finding a bra where the straps were completely covered by the blue straps.  I ended up wearing my least supportive bra that actually makes my bust a little smaller then I intended for this shirt.  You really need a bra that has the front straps hit right above the apex of your bust, many bras have the strap slightly to the side, and it needs to be a narrow strap as well.

If you're your nuts, you may notice I have have my buttons on the "wrong" side of my top.  I realized I didn't cut my fabric to show one of my dragons properly if I put the buttons on the side you usually expect a womens' shirt to have.  But I'll be the only person to ever notice this in normal life.


I haven't sewn with a basic cotton like this in so long... holy geez I forgot how easy it is to work with.  But now I feel like I'll be ironing this after washing. Ugh. I need a new iron, too, as my fancy Rowenta one is on it's last leg.   I plan to make View C of this pattern, it' the knee length skirt.  I want to try View E, the shorts but am nervous it will end up looking like diaper butt.

McCall's 6968
I'm just realizing at this moment there is broccoli actually growing in those leaves

17 comments:

  1. Great little top. Looks like you got the fit spot on.

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    1. Thanks Debbie!! It was so easy to sew up, the challenge for me usually is in the fitting.

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  2. Hmmm...for the back piece you said you lengthened at the hem line so you could make a swayback adjustment? I think I need to try that!!!! I have a long torso, and have been a bit puzzled as to how to lengthen my back piece and adjust for swayback (I need both fitting adjustments as well). It looks like it works great for you. Thanks for the tip!! I will try it!

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    1. The idea just came to me as I was altering the tissue pattern. I have no idea if anyone has ever done this before or if it's the most wrong thing to ever do according to the "manual of doing crap right: sewing edition". I had success here for sure... but I need to try this again on something else now.

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  3. So cute! I Love that fabric so much!!!

    Cute sandals too

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  4. Great top and I absolutely love the fabric. Great use of a small piece!

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    1. Thank you so much! I have another batik from this random pile I inherited and I am challenging myself to use it.

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  5. Great fabric! You picked the perfect pattern for it.

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  6. I love the dragon fabric. I hvae some waxed prints a friend bought back to me from Ghana, they're beautiful!!!! Great job!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tee! I loooove wax prints, I have a couple more I want to sew with now.

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  7. Lovely little summer top … such a great shape and love to bodice top line and the buttons.

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    1. Thanks so much! The darts and the back seam were the selling point for me, they make fitting so much easier for me.

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  8. What skirt is that? I love!!!! This top! Well done:)

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    1. Thanks!! I totally forgot to mention the what skirt this is... Simplicity 1760. I made it a couple years ago and it's been worn like crazy.

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  9. SO cute. There's only a wee bit of it because I had a dress made from it in Ghana. It didn't fit me well. I can't remember why now. But, I gave the dress to my cousin. http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m31/cidell/Random%20Blogger/jasper/DSCF1734.jpg

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