During the 40 years I designed for McCall’s I rarely sewed a pattern more than once because there was always a new design to sew. But this wrap front knit tops pattern was the exception. I made both views several times.
I first wrote about this pattern in a 2020 blog, TOPS, TOPS, TOPS. The pattern is discontinued, but if you have it, or can find it online, you’ll love it. For tips on how to sew it, click on the blog link above and scroll down through the blog to WRAP FRONT KNIT TOP.
BLACK WRAP KNIT TOP IN RAYON/SPANDEX JERSEY
The black fabric here is a rayon/spandex jersey.
In these photos, I am wearing it with Butterick trouser pattern B6878. The top as drafted is very long. To shorten I pulled it up below the waist, shirring it around my upper hip.
Now you can see the trouser pleats and pocket. Of course one could shorten the tissue when tissue-fitting to the desired length.
See the B6878 pleated trouser blog, FIT AND SEW TROUSERS WITH PALMER/PLETSCH BUTTERICK PATTERN B6878, for sewing tips.
This is my favorite top to wear under blazers.
The sleeve has been shirred using 1/8” elastic.
KNIT TOP MADE IN A HEAVIER RAYON/SPANDEX JERSEY
I made the top again from a slightly heavier rayon/spandex jersey.
This time I shortened the top about 6” to show the trouser pleat and pocket details even better.
SAME TOP, DIFFERENT JACKET
The top also works with the jacket I sewed from my daughter Melissa Watson’s unisex jacket pattern McCall’s Palmer/Pletsch M7817.
I wrote a blog about this jacket, too—THE CLASSIC (OR BOYFRIEND) BLAZER. In this blog I focused on tailoring with fusible interfacings, lining, inside lining piping, and inside pocket. I simplified the lower welt pockets by changing to in-seam pockets, but left the flap as is.
Don’t we all just love to sew and customize the fit to create the looks we like?!?
Now that I’m with Butterick and they are bringing back some “vintage” Palmer/Pletsch patterns, should they bring back this pattern??
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