#TBT: The Forgotten Rainbow

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

One day, I was digging through my closet and saw a peek of rainbow. Intrigued, I pulled it out — and saw this fabulous top!

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

I’ve made about a million McCall’s M6078 tops — it was my first successful garment pattern, and my first TNT (tried ‘n’ true) pattern. I usually sew view B, the sleeveless cowl neck top. It’s a quick and easy top that only takes 7/8 or 1 yard of drapey, knit fabric — ITY is my favorite, but jersey also works well.

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

This fabric was a remnant from the birthday dress I made last year. It was simply too pretty to leave any piece of it unsewn, so I used the remnant to make a quick M6078. When I made this top last September, I was experimenting with fold over elastic (FOE) as a way to bind raw edges on knits. I bound the armholes with FOE and found that pulling on it slightly led to nice snug armholes. No gaping!

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

M6078 goes up to a roomy size XL, which I can sew right out of the envelope. When my weight is high, I sew narrow seams; otherwise, the XL with 5/8″ seam allowances fits me perfectly. But only view B fits me straight out of the envelope! View A of M6078 is too loose to stay on my shoulders in the XL size.

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

Other than the FOE, I didn’t do too much to this top besides make it and stash it deep in my closet, haha. If you have a serger, M6078 — and tops like it — can be a lightning fast palate cleanser between complicated projects, or it can be a life saver when you need a new top Right Now.

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

The skirt I’m wearing is an early, self-drafted make that I love to twirl around in! It’s made of foil-printed spandex from New York’s Garment District. Fun factoid about this circle skirt: I made it without cutting or sewing a single curve! Would you like a tutorial on how to do this?

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7 Comments

  1. Beautiful! I have a similar pattern that I haven’t used yet. I don’t usually wear tops with that kind of neckline but I have one piece of fabric that is simply begging to be that. Don’t know when I’ll get around to it.

    1. Thanks for the kind words! I don’t think I started wearing cowl neck tops until I happened to make this pattern. I hope your version turns out great. :) Also, checked out your blog and love your thoughts! You’ve got a new subscriber here.

  2. I Love this outfit!!!! That top is magnificent!

    You put me on to M6078 and have a few cowls from it. Like you though, I also wanted view A but alas…shoulders too narrow.

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