McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M7092 Empire-Waist Top for Knits
McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M7092 is one of my favorite tops. It is very flattering. The contrast inset adds interest by framing the face, or it can be made in the same fabric as the body of the top.
The original croquie shows all the front options and the back.
It also included side shirring, shown at left. This idea did not make it into the pattern. To add this, simply lengthen the pattern by 4-6” and sew the lower side seams through 1/8” elastic while pulling the elastic to shorten it and gather the fabric.
My spring/summer top is a rayon and spandex fabric. Because it has a lot of stretch, I played with the inset and the area near the center front, making sure it was pulled down enough to be taut along the V-neckline.
My fall version is sewn from a wool jersey print that I fell in love with. The black inset is a stretch woven polyester/rayon/spandex, which has little stretch. I had to pull the inset taut and then make sure the wool was smooth as well. Anytime you have a V-neck empire style, you will need to tweak the under-bust seam to fit, especially if you also did a full bust alteration. Machine baste first and try on. Basting is easy to remove if you need to tighten or loosen the seam.
The pants are McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M6901, our pant fit pattern, in the same poly/rayon/spandex stretch woven as the inset.
We include in our pattern guide sheets tips from our books. The assortment of pages below from Knits for Real People show expanded information on many techniques.
CREATIVE IDEAS FOR KNITS:
TIPS FOR WRAPPED STYLES: