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