McCalls 6899: DIY pleated jersey tunic top

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

Hello Readers,

It’s not often that I will start a post with a rear view, but that’s where its at with this top! This is McCalls 6899, made up in a fine, floaty polycotton jersey from my sponsor, Click Fabrics, which has a horizontal weave, almost like a slub, to it. It’s perfect for a soft top like this with it’s pleated details, and will be fabulous during the warmer weather as well as wearing right now layered with a light cardigan or jacket.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 line drawing
McCalls 6899 line drawing

This top might not appeal to everyone because of the amount of ease which it has. It is huge! But you just have to embrace that fact before you make it, if you do, and appreciate this is not a form fitting top. I love the pleated detail at the back. Another look:

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

I originally cut the long sleeves for this top, but after I attached one and tried it on, I looked like I was drowning in it, so I cut the sleeve off, and attached the sleeve bands instead.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:

Very loose-fitting tops and tunic have dropped shoulders, yoke and pleat variations, narrow hem and front button closing. A and B: collar extends into tie ends, mock front band, back yoke, forward shoulder seams, and no shoulder seams. A and C: armhole bands. D: tie ends. Shaped hemline B and rolled sleeves D: wrong side shows. C and D: collar/front bands and button tabs.

I made view C.

Pattern Sizing:


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes, except for I didn’t conceal the ends of the centre front band the way they described because I found that it was distorting the shape of the front of the tunic, so I just turned my ends under and top stitched.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the pleating at the back. I love the comfort. Being as I made it in white it will go with everything and be the perfect piece to layer now or wear alone later. It looks good worn loose as well as tucked in. It is very generous in it’s cut, which may not be for everyone. It is rated as an easy sew….it was quite fiddly sewing the front bands. I did it ok using steam a seam as help. I think a complete beginner may find the bands harder to sew.

Fabric Used:

Very light weight polycotton jersey.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Aside from shortening the top by 2 inches, nothing else.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I might sew it again. I think there is a lot you could do with this pattern to customise it. Lace yoke at the back, make it in chiffon, silk or crepe, make a dress out of it, contrast front bands/ collar and sleeve backs, and of course there is the option of the tie collar etc. Yes, I would recommend.


If you are looking for an oversize tunic top with some nice details check it out.

McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top
McCalls 6899 pleated jersey tunic top

See you soon friends!

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at

30 thoughts on “McCalls 6899: DIY pleated jersey tunic top

  1. I love this too! And love the haircut, by the way. I wouldn’t have looked twice at that pattern before seeing your beautiful version – now it is going on to my shopping list!

  2. The 1st picture of the back was enough for me…I HAD to get that pattern! Scrolled to the front…oh yes…for sure…loved everything about the pattern and the fabric you used was perfect. Then I scrolled to the patterns line drawings. That is one of the last patterns I bought!!! I already have it. LOL!!! I hope mine turns out half as nice as yours!!!

  3. Super cute! I was just considering this pattern but didn’t know whether there was going to be too much ease or not. Yours looks great ($ comfortable!) and will go with everything!

  4. I have never done this before – but after seeing this I immediately went and bought the pattern online. Love this top & beautiful job!

  5. Wow! I LOVE this top! I agree, sometimes ease and comfort are a good thing, and I think in this case it’s super stylish. You absolutely did the right thing with the sleeves, and the dark (leopard!!) jeans are perfect. You are looking super swish in this photos!

  6. I love this! What a great job. And I really enjoy to detail in your posts, I love a good pattern review and find them immensely helpful.

    Jenny xox

  7. I know this is an old post but I’ve got a question for you. How much ease was there between your actual full bust and the finished garment? I’m struggling with the fact that the pattern just says there’s a lot of ease but doesn’t give finished bust measurements. I’m measuring at an XXL but I’m considering making an XL to keep it less voluminous. Thanks!

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