Blue McCalls’s 7803 Blouse (Pattern Review)

Recently, as a Minerva Brand Ambassador, I had the chance to work with one of their Minerva Core Rage fabrics: Soft Touch Crepe* a lightweight floaty fabric.

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I was attracted to McCall’s 7803* because of the waist tie details. My favorite views of this pattern are View A and View D. As I only had about 1.5 m of fabric left over from making a Hilary Top by Tessuti Fabrics*, I had to compromise and make a combination of View A for the bodice and View C for the sleeves.

If you want to know more about my thoughts about working with this fabric, please check the link to my post on the Minerva website here*.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: McCall’s 7803* – Loose-fitting tops and dresses with back invisible zippers and length and sleeve variations. I made view A/B for the main bodice and chose view C for the sleeves ( lack of leftover fabric)

Sizing: US A5 (6-8-10-12-14) and E5 (14-16-18-20-22)

Fabric: 1.5 m 110 wide Minerva Core Rage fabrics: Soft Touch Crepe*

Notions: 22” (56 cm) invisible zipper optional hook and eye for the front, fusible interfacing

Modifications: I made a 1.5 cm sway back on the top part of the back bodice.

Instructions: They seem to be easy to follow. I did not actually read them, as I usually just follow the diagrams and check for the seam allowance.

Fit: the blouse fits ok,. I am not entirely convinced about how the back peplum rests on my behind. Probably, it is caused by the zipper. the fabric is very floaty, but with the zipper, the fabric does not want to lay the same as it does in the front.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Mostly. On the finished garment on the front, the pleat underneath the tie shows a little weird.

Watch out for: n/a

Make Again?: Yes, I am tempted to make the dress version of this dress as well, view D.

I find this top easy to wear. It is perfect for the summer. The fabric feels luxurious and I can see myself using it for other blouses or even a kimono top or dress.


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