McCall’s 6927 sleeved tunic in Indigo dyed linen

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Total cost. Three dollarsMcCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linen

After last week’s failed version of McCall’s 6927, I knew I wanted to make another with all the fitting changes it needed. I now have a  comfortable semi fitted woven pattern with comfortable sleeves!unnamed
McCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linenI made a lot of changes to this pattern to make it workable. So while I love it now, I wouldn’t recommend anyone use this pattern with the sleeved version. Although the sleeveless version is fine. I’ve made this cropped sleeveless one , which worked.

I’ll share my pattern changes at the end of the post. There are a lot!McCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linenIt was one of those gorgeous Southern California winter days today. We’ve been getting lots of rain lately, which we need, but it’s made it hard to get photos.McCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linenI added little side vents to the pattern and made it two inches lower in back. The fabric was dyed with an Indigo kit from Dharma Trading back when I made my Shibori jumpsuit. McCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linenThe button loop needs to be smaller in back. This top is  basic, but I know I’ll wear it a lot. It’s going to match with a  lot of my spring and summer items. I need more basics. unnamed2Here I’m wearing my robe coat I made from New Look 6416  over a year ago. It’s still one of my favorites.unnamed7unnamed4McCall's 6927 in Indigo dyed linenI lowered the darts 1.5 inches and the whole top fits so much better now. Such a simple adjustment, but it makes a huge difference.indigo5I lowered the sleeve cap about 2.5 inches! There was way too much ease. There’s still about an inch left. What a mess these sleeves were.pattern2I also raised the back armhole almost two inches. The FBA made the front armhole very small but the back armhole was huge in comparison. pattern3Raising the back armhole increased the comfort once the sleeve was installed.  On my first muslin I had a very weird pulling due to that I think. Although I’m not sure.

Fitting is tricky, and this is the year I’m really going to try to figure out all my issues. I recently bought Fit For Real People and can’t recommend it enough. I had a couple other fitting books that were pretty worthless to me as I just ‘didn’t get them’ so I gave them to the thrift shop. Fit For Real People is easy to understand, and I ‘ve been reading it nightly. So much great info there! I could have really used it on some of my commissioned projects for the theater.armpullingHere are all the changes I made to my pattern which I cut in a size 12 with a D cup

  • Moved bust dart down 1.5 inches.
  • Had to retrue the side seams after changing back armhole. I folded out two inches on back piece since the raised armhole made the back side seam longer than the front.
  • Lowered sleeve cap 2.5 inches
  • Raised back armhole 2 inches.
  • Made a side slit and made front two inches higher than back
  • Made a 1/2 inch narrow shoulder adjustment.


I will be transferring this pattern to manila pattern paper to keep for future versions. The tissue version is completely trashed after all my adjustments! I’m glad I didn’t give up on it after last week.il_570xn-1074838056_g9f3

Happy sewing!










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  1. Justine says

    Love it!! 🙂 So happy for you! Beautiful photos too! I have a feeling this will go with so many outfit combinations!

  2. says

    The fit is perfect! You can use this pattern as a kind of sloper to create other kinds of tops, and to compare to other patterns. This is a keeper.

  3. Carol Gardiner says

    I am so impressed you did not give up and actually made the pattern again. You are way better than me in that department. My pattern would have probably found its way to the shredder. 🙂 I unfortunately don’t have a lot of patience with fitting, especially on myself. That’s probably why most of my tops are knit. The blouse looks great on you, love the color, and the fit is fabulous. Good job Justine you have conquered the fitting battle.

    • says

      Thanks Carol. I almost gave up and then I realized moving the dart down might make everything else fall into place. But it took me quite awhile to figure it out lol!

  4. Sandy Osborne says

    What a great top. Good for you for sticking with it. I love the two additions: side vents and longer back. I’m so impressed with all the changes you made to make it fit you–and it fits you so well! Thanks for the tip about the book. I’m going to look into it. I have found other “fit” books way too technical for me. I like simple

  5. vitrine says

    Too bad you chose to use linen. Always so creased up & makes one look so frumpy.