SEWING MY STASH | MCCALL'S 7531
It’s another birthday outfit. This time I pulled out a real oldie but goodie. This McCall’s 7531 pattern hack is what I was going for with the top on my first birthday look.
This is pattern #13 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 9 more to go. You can see Pattern #12 HERE.
McCall’s 7531 is a very close-fitting, pullover dress with neckline, sleeve, and length variations. Views C and D have a back slit opening.
The pattern is currently available on the Something Delightful website with a printed option only. This is a “Learn to Sew” pattern, making it beginner-friendly with only 3 pattern pieces required to complete the garment.
The pattern provides an opportunity for new beginners to learn the following skills:
- Learn to set-in a sleeve
- Learn to sew a slit
- Machine stitched hems
- Center back seam with no zipper
The pattern instructions are very easy to follow. Extra information is included to teach new beginners basic skills for sewing the dress.
This is one of my TNT patterns. If you’re new to sewing that means it’s a pattern that has been adjusted to fit my body. Some refer to TNT as Tried and True, while others use Tried and Tested. Either way, it’s a pattern you can pull out and sew up without any fuss – one that has been adjusted to fit your body.
Inside the Garment
This garment can be sewn completely with a serger. If you have a hemming attachment for your serger, you can also hem the garment. I used my Baby Lock Soprano to sew the seams, Vibrant Serger to finish allowances, and Euphoria Coverstitch to hem. I just like using all of my machines. Hahaha!
I have sewn so many versions of this pattern that I’ve lost count. However, this is the first time I’ve hacked it into a top. And my, my, my! I love it!
I didn’t have a pattern for this design and couldn’t find one online that I could purchase quickly as a PDF, so I decided to use what I already had in my collection. I didn’t think it would be difficult to hack, and it wasn’t.
This isn’t something I recommend for new beginners. I will not be sharing my process to create the new pattern pieces because I literally just started drawing lines, with no formula or measurements. I only created one pattern back piece for off-the-shoulder. Then, I used the original back piece to draw the other back side for the sleeve onto the fabric. It was a trial that worked out.
There are no notions required for this garment. But you insert a decorative zipper in the back if you want to add something extra (maybe an exposed zipper?).
My Plans for the Garment
This top will be worn all over the place. Oh, YES!
I wore it out to my third birthday dinner celebration with a group of special friends. We met each other in an online coaching program and discovered we lived not too far away from each other.
I love sisterhood and community. I thrive when I have other women to learn and grow with in all areas of my life. These ladies, and all my other sisters from the coaching programs, have brought so much light into my life. God knew exactly what I needed.
When I reached out to them, individually, and asked if they would join me for dinner, they each accepted the invitation with an enthusiastic yes…no hesitation. My heart is full. I am grateful, beyond words, for this sisterhood. The women seated at this table are an answer to prayer. God loves me so much.
This top is great for dressing up with skirts or slacks. And, of course, it’s gonna look so cute with jeans and shorts. I can see it with a flowy maxi skirt and belt. OMGoodness!!! Let me pull out a pattern and fabric!
Styling Option #1
I styled it with a pencil skirt that I made with Simplicity 8982 (another TNT pattern). I’ve also lost count of how many times I’ve sewn this skirt. It’s so quick and easy. The fit is always perfect and I love a pull on skirt that can be styled with unlimited options.
I wore a pair of clogs, a wide belt, and carried a cute crossbody bag. I kept my accessories very simple. A dainty drop chain and bangle bracelet from my friend Glenda’s accessory boutique were perfect. She has since closed the business but I treasure the pieces that came from her boutique. I added a pair of drop earrings and a simple ring trio.
How would you wear the garment?
Would you try to hack the pattern and sew this top? Do you have the pattern? How would you style the top? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!
Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Pattern Review Video
- Fabric Option 1
- Fabric Option 2
- Fabric Option 3
- Learn to SEW
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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