McCall’s 6991 Twist-Front Top

By | October 6, 2015


I feel like I just took the SATs.

With all the spatial reasoning this pattern required, I think I just boosted my math score by 10 points at least. Seriously, it’s one of the big challenges of sewing for me: spatial thinking and reasoning, which is not my forte. Manipulating things in 3D in my mind? Lololololol.

Fortunately, I was up for the challenge, and the directions do a pretty solid job of walking you through the creation of this inside-out, flipped around construction. It just took me a ton of back and forth with referencing, and adjusting, and checking the diagram, and readjusting to get it figured out.

It’s also high time for me to embrace some new marking techniques. I had a challenge in marking the fold line. In the end, I laid the pattern paper back on the fabric piece after completing the narrow hem on each side, then folded up to meet the line.


It wasn’t 100% accurate, but it worked. I’ve read about numerous marking techniques, but I’ve actively avoided getting caught up in having a lot of specialty tools. If anybody has a recommendation for what would be a simple, accurate way to mark this type of looooong line, I’d love to hear about it!

Another note: I used pattern spray when cutting out parts of the top. I hate pinning and cutting out pattern pieces, so I thought this stuff would save my life when my mom discovered it. Just spray, stick, and cut! Sounds great, right? Turns out, I’m not actually a fan. In this particular case, I thought it might help secure such a large, oddly shaped single layer piece, without the pulling and tugging that pinning might cause. After all, maintaining the grain is pretty important in this top. However, it just created a lot of bunches in my fabric that were challenging to remove. (Meaning, of course, that I didn’t remove them and cut it out anyway.)

Unless you have 4 or more hands, I wouldn’t recommend using pattern spray on large pattern pieces. You’re fighting a losing battle the second the sticky pattern touches an area of fabric before you’re perfectly ready.

Also check out just how large this pattern piece is:

You shall not pass!!!!

You shall not pass!!!!

The overall make is easy, even if the construction is unusual and requires attention to detail. I eased the sleeves in like a boss, and I may end up retro-fitting fabric carriers from an alternate view, (similar to Erica B’s fab version).

Without rolling the sleeves up, this top looks kinda lame on me. It definitely requires some jujing to pull off the effortless look that Monicalamity is nailing.

Also, someone on PR recommended adding a snap instead of button to hold the two front panels together, and I totally agree. I went with the buttonhole/button, per the pattern instructions. I feel like the top edge of the buttonhole is easily visible, in a way that a snap would not be.

As far as sizing, I cut an 8, the smallest size offered, based on PR reviewers. I feel like this pattern could’ve used a smaller sizing option, but hey, it’s not supposed to be close fitting anyway.

Is a pre-gym selfie still a gym selfie? #deepthoughts

Is a pre-gym selfie still a gym selfie? #deepthoughts

The fabric is one I’ve had in the stash for 10+ years, probably from a clearance sale at Joann’s. I sat on it for so l long because it was 3 yards of 60″W–perfect for a project that needed a ton of fabric. My inner fabric miser didn’t want to “waste” it on a project that didn’t use the full amount. It’s also kind of sheer (requiring a lot of lining, in other words), and it’s a solid color instead of a print (which are my faves to sew with).

So it never found a partner, and seemed like a fit for this pattern–something that looked the same on front and back. The sheerness would be okay with this top. In reality, it’s a bit heavy, to be honest, but I think it drapes well enough. A lighter-weight fabric would do the pattern justice better. And I’ve still got a yard left–what to do with it? I could make a coordinating lined skirt, a simple sheath dress, who knows? In all reality, I’m guessing this 1-yard piece will spend another 10 years kicking around, waiting for just the right inspiration!

And, just for kicks, I attempt to tuck this top in the back and wear it with a skirt:

Eh... not so much.

Eh… not so much.

I think we can all agree that was a step backwards…

Budget total:

Uh, maybe $6 of fabric? No notions? Thread already on hand? I’m not including the costs of storing and moving those 3 yards of fabric across state lines more than once. We’ll keep that cost to ourselves. That’s how we do it, right? See, my math score really *is* getting higher!

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