Sunday, 16 October 2011

McCalls Palmer Pletsch "The Perfect Fit Top" M5661

When I was last in Houston I went to JoAnns with my friend Anita and I said to her "I have this fabric".  I had purchased mine from the wonderful Walthamstow Market for £1 a metre and they had it sitting there marked up at just over $16.00 a yard.  It is a charmeuse and feels just wonderful. 

Having completed the grey trousers just recently (see below), I decided to cut into this lovely fabric and have a go at a new pattern Palmer Pletsch "The Perfect Fit Top".  

Here are the pattern details:-

MISSES’ TOPS AND BELT: Fitted tops have front and back darts and back button closure; top B has self-faced sleeve; top C has gathered sleeve with sleeve band; top D has front pleats; top E has front pleats and gathered bubble sleeve; belt is included.
NOTIONS: Thread; Top A, B, C, D, E - Five 5/8" Buttons.
SUGGESTED FABRICS: Lightweight Cotton • Lightweight Linen Blends • Challis • Crepe de Chine • Silk Faille • Charmeuse • Silk Jacquard. Additional Fabric may be needed to match stripes, plaids or one-way design fabric.

Combinations: BB(8-10-12-14), F5(16-18-20-22-24)

Back with button covered poppers

PP pants 
M6435 next project

I selected view E for this blouse because I liked the pleated front, but wanted to add little sleeves as we are now into Autumn and thought I might need a little covering.  I made my normal FBA and broad back adjustment and added 2" to the length.

This is quite an easy little blouse to sew and one of the nice things about the facings is that it captures the sleeve head seams inside so is not visible as you can see below.

The back has button closure from top to bottom and when I was going through my button boxes, one which used to belong to my mother I founds some lovely peach coloured buttons, but they were very small so decided to use the button to top a popper.

I am really pleased with the end result and I think it will go really well with my grey pants I made recently.

My next project is M6435 see above - the blogger softwear seems to be playing up and I can't place it below :-(  a pattern sent over to my by my friend Anita.

Yesterday my D Mike and I went to purchase some fabrics so I could make my Roman blinds for the flat.  I wanted to select something that would pick out the lovely turquoise blue from the glass worktop and found just the right fabric.  This will be used for the kitchen and lounge windows as the layout is open plan.

For the bedroom I wanted fabric for the blind and some for the headboard.  I had decided I wanted a natural fibre and found the perfect fabric.  It is pure raw silk and is just fantastic.  I have pulled the colours in the silk for the blind fabric, so just need to purchase some foam to pad a board - once I have made all the items, including some cushions and a throw, I will post them here on my blog.

Looks like I will be sewing Roman blinds at the flat - all 4 of them hey ho.....

More later................................


  1. your top looks luscious . I wish I had bought this pattern - so versatile. HOpefully a photo with you in the top and pants.

  2. Yes. I was there. I can verify that was the same fabric. P has this magical talent to spot quality at any bargain table.

    I am so glad you showed this pattern in your fabric. I would not have seen the potential of this pattern by looking at the envelope.

    I agree with Janine. Once the flu is over, we want you to model the pant and blouse.

    I can hardly wait to see the latest photos of the flat. Get well soon. ---Anita

  3. Ha ha Anita I still can't get over that I had the same fabric - it just reinforced everything I feel about the market ITS GREAT - will get a photo of the two together ASAP top is here in cottage with me & pants are in London - I couldn't face the bike and trains yesterday but need to brave it today