Mood board · Sewing

New Pattern Round Up: McCall’s 7361

Tunic top
It must be Spring; all the pattern companies are sending me emails of their new pattern collections.
I’m going to focus on tops and tunics and round up my favourites over the next few days.
First up is McCall’s 7361.
McCall's top pattern 7361
  • Obviously great for colour blocking and mixing patterns. Lots of fun to be had here. I like the way it’s colour blocked in neutrals, on my mood board. I could probably find leftover bits of linen in my stash for a version like this. Maybe even add a central panel of vintage bark cloth for a bit of whimsy.
  • It looks like a great pattern for curvier women. The panel line could easily include a full bust adjustment and the vertical lines are flattering. I would do a tissue fit of this first to see if I needed the FBA. It may depend on how drapy the fabric is, but a little shaping never goes amiss.
  • This top would fit perfectly over my undershirts for the cool transitional season. But it would also be nice and cool in high summer yet give some upper arm coverage. I spend my summers in a swimsuit – I can imagine a tunic version fitting over my summer uniform very nicely.
  • M7361 could easily be made in a longer more tunic/dress length. If I were going to extend the length, I think I would add pocket insets into the panel or patch pockets. Gotta have pockets in all tunics and dresses!
  • The recommended fabrics are medium weight wovens such as Challis, Crepes, Crepe de Chine and Georgette. But I could also see this in a stable knit. This pattern could be given the Alabama Chanin treatment in a cotton jersey. Imagine stencilling and embroidering the central panel. Or just adding some simple embroidery to the vertical panel seam.

McCall's pattern 7361

I think I have just talked myself into buying this pattern.

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