McCall’s 5388, Take Two.

After reading Anna’s post the other day on finishing her Spring Top Week shirt, I thought maybe I should get mine done too!  After all, Spring Top Week was over months ago, and I hadn’t even started my intended entry :).  A while ago I made this shirt, using McCalls 5388 pattern.

As I mentioned in that post, I made several changes to the pattern as recommended by pattern reviews.  I made several more changes this time, almost making me wonder what I was using the pattern for! Okay, that’s not true, because I’m far from being talented enough to draft a top from scratch.  But basically I changed every pattern piece in at least one way.  I took in the yoke in every direction, raised the neckline, took in the shirt front and back, and changed the shape of the sleeves.  After all those changes, believe it or not, I kept the original length of the shirt, and it was perfect.  That never seems to happen!
Now I need to write down all the changes I made so I don’t have to experiment again next time.  Actually, although I’m happy now with my second attempt at the shirt, I think I might retire the pattern for now and try a new one next time that doesn’t require so many changes!
I will be linking to a few of these parties!

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  1. That’s a cute top, you did a great job! I modify patterns all the time to get my own look. I like the original pattern too, so I’ll have to look it up. Love how your top came out!

  2. I think it looks great Abby. I think you are very talented. I wanted to share one of my old roommates blog with you ( makes a lot of her clothes and she has come up with a pattern for the perfect pattern based on your measurments. I have been too chicken to try it, but I totally thought of you. She is super talented and even lives in UT.

  3. Awesome job!! Man, once you start sewing with knits and making your own clothes, it’s impossible to stop–Great job! Say hi to Maren for me–I love that girl!!

  4. Great job! Love the top. I have yet to sew for myself. I sew for the kids plenty but haven’t made anything for me, maybe I need to start.

  5. Abs I love the shirt! You are so talented…Especially at making cute babies! Weston is adorable. Happy 1st bday to the little guy…even if it is a little late!!

  6. I have this pattern and attempted it twice but whats up with the sizing?? It was sooo off. After seeing what you did to it, I’ll have to dig it up again.

  7. way to go! sounds like you’re pretty savvy if you altered nearly all the pattern pieces :)

    drafting a pattern from scratch intimidates me too, but hey, you’ll definitely learn something from it!

  8. I’m so that way with patterns. I saw your blog listed as I was cruizing through Hoo Are You Tuesday and I needed to be encouraged to get back on my sewing project. I am going to get back to work…

  9. Your shirt turned out so cute! I have such a tough time picking out shirt patterns for some reason… in fact the last 10 patterns I’ve purchased have all been dresses!!

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