Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I love the 80s - McCall's 3994 60 minute style
Not sure how this 1988 gem of a pattern came into my possession as I'm pretty sure I would have remembered if I had sewed THIS one twenty plus years ago.
No matter, McCall's 3994 is in my hot little hands now. Remove the big shoulders and it's similar to a few current offerings - Simplicity 2364 and Vogue 2980.
The only reason I pulled it out and used it was because the pattern I had planned on sewing - Simplicity 2364 - required more than one yard of fabric. And I only had one yard of fabric.
Here's a close up of the fabric as the stripes do some pretty weird things when photographed. Most of the photos I took with me wearing the top look like the stripes were on a '60s psychedelic trip - all swirls and oddly shaped circles.
While I carefully cut each piece out single layer so I could match the stripes, it just didn't happen. This delightful striped ottoman knit - from Gorgeous Fabrics - is slightly ribbed. The white stripe bumps up and no matter how carefully I pinned, basted and sewed the fabric shifted.
The top itself was super duper easy to sew, earning it's "The Easy 60 Min Pattern" label. It probably took me about 60 minutes to sew and that's taking into account the fussing I did to try and match the stripes.
The only alteration I made was to remove about 1" in the shoulder area as this was designed for shoulder pads. I know that big shoulders have slowly been coming back in fashion - and personally I kinda like shoulder pads - but not on this.
So what can I say, except "I love the 80s".