Fourth Trimester Sewing: McCall’s 7284

My baby is already five weeks old. I really can’t believe how fast the time has flown by.

She has been a great baby so far. And our 18 month toddler has been pretty great. I’m not going to lie and say that everything is rosy all the time, but it has gone as well as 1 month with a newborn and 18 month old could be expected.

Baby girl has been a great nurser. I remember the first six weeks with Little D it was pretty hard to get the hang of things for both of us. Baby girl did great from the start.

I’ve always been a busy-body and having a newborn and a toddler at the same time makes it really difficult to feel like I have any time to do anything productive. When the toddler is sleeping the baby is nursing, both during his daytime nap and her evening fussy/cluster-feeding times. As I write this I’m bouncing baby girl in the bouncer seat and Little D has gone down for the night.

I have managed to get a little sewing done, but I have to get used to sewing in small segments instead of the marathon sessions that I prefer. Today I managed to get a t-shirt hemmed. The blouse for this post took me several small sessions over a couple weeks.

I don’t know what happened to all my post partum clothes from my first pregnancy because I feel like I have absolutely nothing to wear. Then I remembered that I had Little D in November, so most of my tops were sweaters and long-sleeved tops. It’s a lot easier to hide the baby weight under a sweater or button front shirt than it is a t-shirt. I feel like I’ve been wearing the same pair of french terry joggers and maternity t-shirts for the past 5 weeks. I needed something to wear that made me feel like a grown-up again.

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This bohemian flowy blouse seemed to fit the bill. I knew that a rayon challis would be a good fit for this because rayon has a great drape and is so much nicer to wear, especially in warmer months, than polyester.

The pattern is McCall’s 7284. I made a size medium (my pre-pregnancy size) thinking that the loose fit would be forgiving enough for me to wear comfortably til I lose that pesky 20 lbs I picked up this pregnancy. I used the hemline from view B for the front and view D for the back. I wanted a hi-low look with a little extra length in the front for the baby belly and it worked out great.

To get the rayon to behave a little better I sprayed it with Best Press and pressed it before I cut it out. I was particularly afraid of getting that really drapey fabric to behave for the front contrast insert and the Best Press was really helpful.

While I was sewing I slipped the sleeve on before I set it and I noticed that the bicep was going to be a bit tight so I let out the seam about 1/4″. This was the only alteration I made since all my other seams were already finished.

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I’m really glad that I let the sleeves out. When I put on the finished blouse it felt a little tight in the arms and shoulders. I looked in the mirror a few times to try and figure out what alteration I might make for my next version, because I definitely need to remake this one.

It wasn’t until I started looking at the photos I took that I realized that I really just need to make a bigger size and do a little tweaking on a size large. You can see from the back view that it hangs up on my hips just a little bit. And the fit is tight through the bust and shoulders. All of this could be alleviated with a larger size before I start thinking about forward shoulders or broad backs. I always get a lot of good insight on fitting when I start looking at the photos. It is so much more helpful than glancing in the mirror for me. I’m going to have to go back to Joann’s the next time they have a pattern sale and pick up the other size…but maybe by the time I have time to make this again I’ll have lost enough weight that the bigger size isn’t necessary. I guess we’ll just have to see.

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I’m no fashion blogger and my styling skills are pretty minimal, but I’m always interested in how people complete their outfits…so I added a few other details for you here.

I bought these “always skinny” jeans from Gap after my last pregnancy. They’re 2 sizes bigger than my pre-pregnancy size and I would definitely buy them again if I was looking for a skinny jean.

My lipstick is just cheap Wet ‘n Wild. I was cleaning out my drawer of lipstick that I never wear and “auditioning” what I should keep. The hubby said he liked this one which I was pretty surprised about. It’s a pretty bold lipstick for someone who never wears lipstick, but I’ve worn it a few times. I need to find a similar color in a better formulation because it is cheap and it shows after about an hour.

My shoes are Born, bought on Zappos last year. I bought three pairs of nice leather sandals last spring so I won’t be buying sandals again for a while.

In conclusion, I love this top even if the fit is not perfect. I need a few more tops like this in my wardrobe.

 

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4 thoughts on “Fourth Trimester Sewing: McCall’s 7284”

  1. Love your make – thanks for the review. There aren’t many reviews for this pattern. Been wanting to make this top in so many variations!

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