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McCall’s 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

McCall’s 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

And now, deep into October, it’s finally time to wrap up my 2017 Summer Sewing list. ¬†ūüėČ ¬†This top is the last unblogged summer project.

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

It’s McCall’s 6751, View A, and it has both pros and cons.

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen


McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

On the pro side, I finally made this top well (see my first attempt, at the beginning of my serious sewing journey here). ¬†I got another chance to sew with linen, which I loved. ¬†It was easy and fast to sew (excluding all the hemming). ¬†I love the look of the fabric and the look of the shirt on the hanger…but I don’t love it on me. ¬†The cons are all personal preference, rather than some sort of problem with the pattern. ¬†I don’t feel secure and covered enough in this shirt.

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

I thought I would love the back, but I don’t. ¬†It feels like it will shift or blow open at any moment, leaving me feeling uncomfortably exposed. ¬†I also want to wear my normal undergarments without them showing, but you definitely can’t do this with this shirt. ¬†Seems like I conveniently forgot all this from version one. ¬†Haha!

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

So…I have an idea. ¬†I usually hate going back into projects once they are finished, but I’m not quite ready to give up on this yet. ¬†So, my idea is that I will cut out the back of View C, finish it and attach it as an inner layer. ¬†I have a vintage sheet that looks really nice with this linen, and I think it will be perfect. ¬†If I actually do it, I’ll report back. ¬†ūüôā

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

So, how about some details on this project? ¬†There aren’t many, because it was a pretty quick and easy sew. ¬†The fabric was given to me by a friend because I wanted to try sewing linen, and she had some that she wasn’t using. ¬†(Thanks again!) ¬†I made a size large, and since I omitted the pocket, there were only two pattern pieces. ¬†There were no darts or fitting changes. ¬†The only long part was all the hemming, which you do along every edge. ¬†It all went well, though, and was a fun project.

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen

I think a big part of sewing is learning the difference between what you like to look at in fashion and what you will actually wear (and hence, what is worth your sewing time). ¬†I’ve gotten a lot better at this, but I think this project definitely fell into the category of something I liked the idea of that wasn’t realistic for how I actually like to dress. ¬†So now I have a new challenge. ¬†Can I make this shirt work? ¬†We’ll see!

McCall's 6751 Cross-Back Top in Linen


This shirt was really bothering me because, as I mentioned, it just felt too exposed.  I decided to try to save it, and I did!

The front pattern piece is the same for all four views, so first I tried layering View C in a vintage sheet under View A.¬† That didn’t work because the angle made by the joining of the front and back is different from View A to View C.¬† After this first attempt, I took the original back off completely and put a new back on.¬† I like it so much better.

McCall's 6751 Adjusted

It still has an interesting crossover in the back, but it’s so much more covered and wearable.¬† I also love the juxtaposition of the two fabrics, although the sheet fabric is not as drapey as the linen.

McCall's 6751 Adjusted

Finally, I added a pocket in the sheet fabric to the front to pull it all together.

McCall's 6751 Adjusted

I really like this version.¬† For drape factor, I wish it were all in linen, but since I didn’t have any more in my stash, I really like what I came up with.¬† The fabrics look beautiful together, and I salvaged the shirt.¬† It’s all set for next summer now!¬† Hooray!


    • I was looking at some of my favorite Etsy shops, and was reminded why I had saved Bias Bespoke as a favorite. ¬†It has so many great tailoring and lingerie supplies as well as things like buttons and trims–a lot of things I don’t normally see. ¬†This one is worth checking out if you sew apparel, especially if you are starting to delve into complex projects and need supplies that are more specialized.
    • A friend of mine introduced me to the art of Kintsugi (as explained in “Kintsugi: ¬†The Centuries-Old Art of Repairing Broken Pottery with Gold“). When you look at some of those pieces, you feel like you understand grace, forgiveness, and redemption in a new way. ¬†And let’s not forget hope.
    • This tutorial for making glitter heels looks fun. ¬†I’m sure you could apply the technique to a whole host of footwear if you wanted to.
    • When you get REALLY into artisanal things… (p.s. This is a joke.¬† It’s so well done, I wasn’t sure at first.)



There’s Winning, and There’s…Learning


My husband has a friend whose son is in a chess club.¬† In the club, they tell the students that “there’s winning, and there’s learning”.¬† Losing somehow got left off the list.¬† When we heard that, we laughed, chalking it up to some sort of self-esteem gimmick intended to keep kids from ever feeling bad about themselves.¬† But then, as sometimes happens, I started to think about the concept.¬† So now I get to laugh at myself for being so cocky because, in certain areas of life, that principle holds true.¬† In fact, in sewing as in chess, the only real losing happens if you fail and learn nothing from it.

So, today, I have a few sewing failures learning experiences to share with you.¬† These are garments I completed¬†awhile ago, but in wearing them I discovered that they weren’t really right somehow.

#1:¬† The cross-back shirt (McCall’s 6751)



McCall's M6751 by Pattern and Branch

McCall's M6751 by Pattern and BranchThis summer and last made me see that I really wasn’t wearing this shirt.¬† I like the concept of it, and I love the fabric and the binding I (finally) managed to get attached, but when I wear this, I’m always worried that it will blow open in the back.¬†¬†I also can’t wear standard undergarments with it without worrying about my straps showing (something I’m not a fan of, despite current trends).¬† The shirt never lays right (which I think is due more to my fiddling with¬†the seam allowances and binding than with the drafting of the pattern).¬† So, I declare this a fail learning experience.

What I learned:¬† It’s better to spend my time making a bunch of shirts I can wear with standard undergarments rather than making ones that will cause me to worry if anything I don’t want to show is showing.¬† Maybe five normal shirts equal one that calls for strapless support.¬† I also began learning to use my binding attachment on my Featherweight, something I had never tried before.


#2:  The overly long infinity scarf

Infinity Scarf by Pattern and BranchI thought I was so smart when I made this.¬† Rather than following the pattern lengths given in the tutorial, I used as much fabric as I had because I loved it so much and didn’t want any to go to waste.¬† And then I never wore it.¬† Because it was too long/big (actually, this picture brings the word “goiter” to mind).¬† Now the former scarf is on my sewing table, recut into a woven tank top.¬† Hopefully that will work out better.

What I learned:¬† Sometimes it pays to follow the directions, even if it means a little bit of “waste”.¬† Because, really, couldn’t I have used the leftovers for something else and then had a useable scarf?¬† Also, even though I could have reworked the scarf to a shorter length, sometimes you are just done with¬†a project and need to move on.¬† And that’s ok.


#3:  The Soma Swimsuit Hack

Well, some of you knew this was coming!  My latest attempt at a swimsuit gets an A for looks, but is a fail for wearability.

Soma Swimsuit Hack by Pattern and Branch

I¬†wore¬†this suit once while in Michigan and, in addition to the issues I detail in the (very detailed) post about this suit, one of the underwires started to come out.¬†¬†That was when I decided: I’M DONE!¬† Then I promptly bought a too-big tankini top from a thrift store and started fiddling with that, trying to get it to fit.¬† Sometimes, it can be hard to know when you need to walk away.

What I learned:¬† Know when to walk away!¬† I’ve put myself on bathing suit probation for a few months.¬† I’m still determined to get “mad bathing suit sewing skillz”, but I need to take a break before diving in again.¬† Also, there may be something to be learned in the realm of not trying to make a pattern do something it wasn’t intended to do…but you can’t always know until you try.

Maybe that’s the larger lesson to be learned from each of these projects:¬† TRY.¬† If there’s no “losing”, if you can learn from it, it’s probably worth it to try.¬† Of course I’m not talking about “trying” stuff with massively expensive fabrics on someone’s wedding dress or something.¬† The stakes were never even close to that high with any of these projects.¬† But I’m glad I did them, even if they aren’t going to become part of my wardrobe, because now I’m a better seamstress/sewist than I was before.