Splashes McCall’s 8042 (Pattern Review)


In recent years, viscose challis has become one of my favorite fabrics to wear. So, there is no surprise that I have chosen another Viscose Challis to try as a Minerva Brand Ambassador*. This time, I was drawn to the Minerva Exclusive Chromatic Fizz Viscose Challis Fabric* – I love the color combination on the print. It makes me think of paint splashes.

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For more details about my thought about the fabric please check out my post on the Minerva website here*.

I like the new logo Minerva has and I could not help myself from using it inside my garment in the facing. Yes, maybe I should have not cut into the selvage. But it’s inside my garment. Also, I had fun using the multiple colours thread, also called variegated thread for hems.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern: McCall’s M8042* – Loose-fitting, gathered drawstring neck top, A: sleeve ruffle, B, C: sleeve has elastic hem. I choose view B. View A (short Sleeves version) is not that pretty.

Sizing: Y (XS-S-M) and ZZ(L-XL-XXL)

Fabric: 2 m Minerva Exclusive Chromatic Fizz Viscose Challis Fabric*

Notions: 1 pack of 1/2″ (1.3 cm) wide single-fold bias tape, 0.7 m of 1/4″(0.6 cm) wide elastic*

Modifications: I cut a size M and shortened the bodice by 2.5 cm (1″) and the sleeves by 5 cm (2″). However, I think shortened them too much.

Instructions: I cannot comment on them too much as I did not follow them. I glanced at the diagrams and checked the seam allowance.

Fit: is very loose.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?: Yes.

Watch out for: n/a

Make Again?: Yes, although View A is not my cup of tea. I do want to make View C as well. I am thinking for the tie string to use a contrast fabric as in this fabric it gets lost and I’d like it to show a little more.

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