Tuesday, June 18, 2019

McCalls 7542 Tulip Sleeves Top

I first sewed this pattern in 2017 as my entry to the Pattern Review Sewing Bee review of which can be found here. That time, I used a scuba knit and applied lapped seam construction to assemble the top. While I was auditioning patterns that would go well with this lovely textured brocade, I thought a second iteration of this easy to sew pattern was in order.

This textured brocade is a lovely shade of blush pink accented with black dots. It is woven with some body and airy drape which I thought were perfect for the tulip sleeves style. 

I wrote a complete review of this latest version at Pattern Review.

For this post, I am just sharing additional photos of the design details and construction process. 


The original instructions called for a 5/8" folded hem. I cut off the seam allowance and applied 1-1/2" bias binding cut from solid black crepe fabric instead. 

To finish the sleeves seam, I turned the allowance in and used zigzag stitches. I did this after I have already assembled the whole thing as I did not realize the wrong side tended to show. If I had the forethought, I would have chosen Hong Kong finish to bind the visible seams.

Notice that I also used the bias binding on the neckline.


Originally the top closes with a slit opening. I decided to do a fully exposed zippered closure using separating zipper. 

I like the rose gold accent provided by the zipper teeth. 

Instead of a hook and eye, I used snaps applied to the neck binding. I extended the left side of the bias binding so it would overlap the right. 

Finished Top

View of the inside.

I am planning to wear this top with slacks. I just used the leggings here to put the focus on the top.