Shoulders on Show

Off-the-shoulder tops have been popular for a while now and this week we're featuring two patterns for sewing this trend: McCall's 6558 and McCall's 7163!  

Before getting to the patterns, here's the images that inspired this week's outfit:

Images from top to bottom from: Kendi Everyday; Atlantic-Pacific; Cupcakes and Cashmere; Curvy Girl Chic

 

The two featured patterns are both easy-to-sew patterns by McCall's.  Let's look at 7163 first.  It's a loose-fitting, off-the-shoulder top which has a number of different options with regards to the sleeves and length (see the image below).  You also have the option of cinching in the waist with elastic or leaving the top loose.  I actually featured this pattern last autumn (you can see the outfit here).  

Our other featured pattern is 6558.  It includes numerous variations: so many that I won't describe them all!  The view that is of interest here is view A: a sleeveless, off-the-shoulder top with a big flounce and an elasticated waist.  

There is one other variation of note for 6558 that I'd like to mention, though: view B, which is a dress option of view A.

 

Nice, huh?!  Kendi Everyday featured a similar (shorter) dress recently that I really liked:

 

Ok - so that's the patterns.  They're both quite similar, except that 7163 has sleeves and 6558 has a flounce (and a dress option).  Both are quick-and-easy makes (McCall's claims that you can sew 6558 in under 1 hour!), and so they're great patterns for beginners and for more experienced sewers looking for a quick sewing fix.  

Turning now to fabrics, drawing on the inspiration images, I've recommended some of our crepes, batistes, jerseys and broadcloths (only 6558 can be made in jersey).  

First, here's our lightweight Isobel crepe in black, cream and light pink:

 

Our batistes by Atelier Brunette would also work well with these patterns.  Here's Sparkle Powder Gold and Bye Bye Birdie Blue Jean.  Sandwiched in between these two fabrics is one of our new chambrays by Robert Kaufman

 

 

Next, here's our solid-coloured AGF 'pure elements' broadcloths in snow (white), caviar (black) and tranquil waters (light blue):

 

 

Finally, 6558 can be made in jersey.  Here's our light pink and black Aurele jersey, and our white Rosalie jersey.  

 

 

The fabric you choose will dramatically impact the look you'll get: crepe and jersey are very drapey, while broadcloth and batiste have more body.

As for styling an off-the-shoulder top, all four fashion bloggers have paired theirs with jeans (of all types) or shorts.  I particularly love the looks with cropped jeans and strappy sandals.  Also, doesn't a bandana round the neck look great?!

 

Further Details

McCall's 7163
£8.75 (£7.88 for the next week!)
Sizes: 4-26
Level: easy
Reviews: 1 review on PatternReview.com; it's positive

McCall's 6558
£8.75 (£7.88 for the next week!)
Sizes: 8-24
Level: easy
Reviews: 16 reviews on PatternReview.com; 94% are positive!

 

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August 03, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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