Tuesday, July 07, 2020

A Pink Cape Back Top - McCall's 7541 Pattern Review

Over the past few years I've sewn - and purchased - a few tops with an attached back cape design feature. Such as the blue Butterick 6490 top  and the black Vogue 8907 top, that were both sewn and blogged in 2017.  My latest cape back top is this one sewn from a pink knit.
McCall's 7541 in Pink Knit worn by Sharon Sews
This is McCall's 7541, released in 2017 and now out of print (OOP).
McCall's 7541 Pattern Cover
It's a loose-fitting, pullover top with an attached overlay aka the cape. 
McCall's 7541 in Pink Knit worn by Sharon Sews
The fabric suggestions are challis, crepe de chine, crepe, and stable knits.  I choose to sew this in a light weight stable knit I purchased two years ago from SR Harris in Minnesota.  Because SR is a fabric warehouse, fabrics typically do not have the fiber content listed. I purchased the end of the bolt of this pink gingham knit and tucked inside was this fabric tag.
There are four views to choose from and as you can see they are pretty similar.
McCall's 7541 Line Drawings show four views
I sewed View B, the one with the shorter, curved "sleeves" and the longer back overlay with no darts or pleat.
Back View of McCall's 7541 Cape Top Sharon Sews

The front of the top is also an overlay. Meaning there are two layers in the front. The front and back cape are attached to the bottom layer (top) at the neck seam and side seams. The bottom layer is basically a sleeveless top.
Front View with arms extended showing overlay of McCall's 7541 Sharon Sews
Because the front and back overlays are separate pattern pieces you could sew them in a sheer fabric for a different look. Also keep in mind that the wrong side of the fabric will show.

I have to admit that I messed up where the "sleeve" portion of the overlay is attached to the front of the top. I didn't mark it clearly and ended up being off when I stay stitched and clipped. I tried to fix it a couple of times and finally gave up telling myself it was good enough. And it is. Honestly, unless someone sews the chances of them noticing this slight pucker is pretty minimal.
I choose to not do a full bust adjustment based on the description of "loose-fitting" and the flat pattern measurement at the bust line. I will do a small FBA next time as this top pulls up slightly when I wear it. I think I'd be more comfortable with a little extra room.
McCall's 7541 in Pink Knit worn by Sharon Sews
Although the top is really fun to wear (as in I want to spin around and around and around) I should have realized that a 100 percent polyester knit top would be incredibly uncomfortable to wear in 90 (and above) degree temps plus high humidity.  Even indoors, unless the a/c is set really low. Which ours is not because then I have to pay a high electric bill and there is less money for fun stuff, like fabric :-)
McCall's 7541 in Pink Knit worn by Sharon Sews
Since this pink one is a bit too warm to wear right now, I guess that means I will just have to sew myself another one!

Check out the twirl factor of this top - along with the other tops I sewed in June - on my YouTube channel Sharon Sews.

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