Recently while pattern shopping for a client, I came across a couple of McCall’s patterns that sparked the idea of a couple new projects for myself.
McCall’s 7046 is a dress pattern that I am debating about for my special piece of fabric that I bought last year at G-Street Fabrics on my way home from my 340 mile bicycle trip to Washington D.C.
The other pattern, McCall’s 6964, is a simple T-shirt design.
While deliberating over the dress style and feeling the need to stitch something for myself, I decided to make a new t-shirt from the McCall’s 6964 pattern, but use the sleeve design from the McCall’s 7046 pattern, view A. I already have a ready-to-wear shirt with this sleeve style and love the way that simple sleeve elevates a T-shirt from casual to dressy without taking away from the comfort.
I chose a very neutral beige cotton/poly Interlock knit from JoAnn Fabrics. I have a beige shirt that gets lots of wear and is starting to look “well worn,” so this project had direction and a purpose, all that was left was the sewing.
Inserting the sleeve from M7046 was without any complications, the sleeve arc and size is almost identical in both patterns. The flutter sleeve is just a circle that overlaps at the underarm so any small size difference can be adjusted in the overlap.
The only other change I made to the pattern was to shorten the body length by 1 1/2 inches. I have a short shoulder to waist length and regularly have to shorten shirts to improve the finished fit.
I really like the neck band on this T-shirt, the width and design give the shirt a very professional finish. In the future, I may try cutting the band just slightly shorter and, as it is sewn in place, stretch the band to fit so that the band gently hugs the body and prevents any neckline gaping.
This shirt is a great addition to my summer clothing choices. I love the versatility and comfort it offers. With only a two hour cutting and construction time commitment, this shirt is a great investment!