McCalls 6604: DIY Feather Print Chiffon Top with Pleated Neckline

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline

Hello Friends,

It was totally not the weather today to be parading around outside in a chiffon top, but the things we do for our blog, hey? This is my version of view D from McCalls 6604, and I love the finished product.

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline

The fabric is a polyester chiffon. I didn’t use any special techniques to stabilise it when cutting. I just laid it out on my cutting table, pinned well and weighted it down before cutting out. The only part I cut with my rotary cutter was the neck band, which is cut on the bias. But some useful things tips to aid with sewing chiffon would be:

  • cut notches outwards
  • drop your stitch length (I sewed at 1.6 setting)
  • use a new needle of the right weight/ size (I used a size 70 Schmetz needle)

I actually loved sewing this top and I don’t know why I don’t sew more tops as I badly need them. That will change in the next few weeks!

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline

So, I am quite happy with the fit (I did do some modifications – see below), and it is definitely not tight. But I do think there are some slight drag lines over the bust near the neck line, so if I made this up again then maybe I should do a FBA? Suggestions?

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline

Confession time: I hate wearing camisoles. So, I lined the main body part of this top with a pongee lining I had in my stash. I am so pleased I did this as it just makes wearing this top so easy. I overlocked all the seams using a three thread overlock. This is a polyester top – let’s not get precious about things! The only thing perhaps I should have done differently was underline the pleats and left the rest of the body as a free hanging lining – does that make sense? But it’s a minor quibble.

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline - inside lining view
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline – inside lining view

The sleeves are a little voluminous but not overly so:

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline - sleeves
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline – sleeves

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:
Fitted, pullover tops have hem variations and narrow hems. A: armhole bands. B: collar, and sleeves rolled-up (wrong side shows) with button tab. A and B: bias front and forward shoulder seams. D: sleeves gathered into cuffs. C and D: bias neck binding and front pleats.

I made view D.
Pattern Sizing:
6 – 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. although I lengthened mine.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the finished top. So easy to wear. Nothing to dislike.
Fabric Used:
Polyester chiffon.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I lengthened the top by about 4.5 inches, and widened slightly at the hips. I did a 1 inch sway back adjustment and a 1.5 inch full arm adjustment. I also ended up narrowing the cuffs by just over 1 inch. I stitched in the ditch to secure the neckline binding, rather than the hand sewing the instructions suggest. I also lined the main body of the top using a pongee lining. I sewed a narrow baby hem for the chiffon.

This top is not tight and is very comfortable to wear but there are some slight drag lines near the bust/ neckline so I don’t know if I need to do a very slight FBA next time round.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I might sew this again and I do recommend.
Conclusion

I love the wearability of this top and I enjoyed making it.

McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline
McCalls 6604: feather print chiffon top with pleated neckline

I wore this top out today for a valentines lunch date with Philip and we had a lovely time. What ever you do this weekend, hope you enjoy it and spend it with loved ones 🙂

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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 sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

28 thoughts on “McCalls 6604: DIY Feather Print Chiffon Top with Pleated Neckline

  1. Your top is so pretty I can hardly believe it came from that pattern! I love the idea of lining the body the way you did – I hate to wear camisoles, too — and that is a great solution.

  2. Looks great on you, looks so RTW! How did you hem it? Is its Overlocked rolled hem? Looks really neat.
    Happy Valentines, love the smiley photo of you both ✂️😀✂️

      1. Thanks for the link…just had a look, will have to invest in some small scissors before I try that technique, mine are a bit too big and lethal for anything so delicate! ✂️

  3. This is beautiful. I love the print on the fabric, and the shape of the sleeves and cuffs. And extra bonus blogging points for taking photos of a chiffon blouse outside in the winter!

  4. You look as cold as I felt when I was photographing my trousers the other day. Definitely not weather for outdoor outfit photography at the moment! This top looks really nice. The lined bodice is a great idea – I hate wearing camisoles too.

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