McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern: DIY White Cotton Poplin Wrap Top with Waist Tie, Tiered Pleated Sleeves and Peplum

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

Hello Readers!

Hope you are enjoying the long weekend (assuming you get one). I have taken the whole of next week off too, so I have got 10 days in which to get some sewing done. Bliss. Today I am sharing something fun which I have not yet had the chance to wear 🙂 It’s McCalls 7627, which is a Laura Ashley pattern. Before anyone asks, you cannot get the Laura Ashley patterns here in the UK – nor can you order them to be shipped to the UK from the USA McCalls pattern website. I don’t know the reason why. I purchased my copy of this pattern when I was in the States  last year.

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

I know this blouse is not going to be for everyone. It’s a pretty full on look with the wrap front, oversized waist tie, peplum, and in the version that I made, a series of tiered pleats down the length of the sleeves. But I kind of love it. Like I say, I haven’t had the chance to wear it yet, but I just think it’s a different take on a white shirt. I love the v-neck front and I love the statement sleeves. BTW, I notice a similar shaped top currently selling for £220 on the Cefinn website; don’t sew the pleats and you get a similar look for a lot less price! #justsaying

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

Couple of things you need to know about this top: it’s fabric hungry! I ordered 5 metres of 150cm wide cotton poplin, and whilst there is a longish strip left over, this was the right amount to order. The sleeve pattern piece itself measures almost a metre in length (see here for a picture) and those waist ties are long!

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

The other thing you need to know is that I did a 1 inch FBA on the bodice front. Now, I have done many, many FBAs in my time, but never one that brought in such a huge bust dart: it measured almost 4 inches in width!! I did panic slightly. Either this top as drafted is for a very small cup, or it was just because of the shape of the bodice? I don’t know. Either way, I rotated the dart into the shoulder and converted the fullness to gathers. The FBA also lengthened the front by 2.5 inches: check out my full review below, but basically, if you do this you need to also lengthen your front facing pieces and increase the front peplum to match the FBA. The end result is that my top feels very secure with no gaping. Look:

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.
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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Fitted tops and dresses have sleeve and length variations

I made view B which features a true wrap front bodice with wide waist ties and back darts, sleeves with tiered pleats and gathered openings sewn into cuffs and a peplum.

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

I cut a size 18 through the shoulders and bust and graded out over the waist.

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

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the finished top. It’s a very unique take on a white shirt (at least my version). Nothing to dislike. It’s a great sew.

Fabric Used:

White cotton poplin. I found I had to use a size 70 Schmetz needle to sew this fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I added 3 cm to the depth of the peplum. I let the peplum hang once I had finished sewing the top for a couple of days prior to levelling the hem and hemming. I definitely wouldn’t want it any shorter.
  • I did a 1 inch FBA which brought in a bust dart which measured a massive 4 inches in width! I rotated the dart into the shoulder and converted the fullness to gathers. The FBA also lengthened the front by 2.5 inches (again, my usual FBA’s which are never more than 1 inch would not normally lengthen by this much), so I lengthened the front facing accordingly and also increased the width of the front peplum by 1 inch to match the FBA.
  • 0.5 inch sway back adjustment, adding removed length to back peplum hem.
  • Staystitched neckline – instructions don’t mention this.
  • Moved position of tie up.

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

I think I can say I won’t sew this particular view again: it’s such a distinctive look. I might try one of the other views? Maybe? Yes, I recommend if you like this look.

Conclusion: 

A great statement top to wear with jeans, and a very interesting sew.

Until soon…

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McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern – white cotton poplin wrap top with tiered pleated sleeves and peplum.

 

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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

15 thoughts on “McCalls 7627 Laura Ashley Pattern: DIY White Cotton Poplin Wrap Top with Waist Tie, Tiered Pleated Sleeves and Peplum

  1. I LOVE that! It looks really great on you. Now all we need is some lovely spring weather. I have been frustrated by not being able to buy the Laura Ashley patterns in the UK, must be licensing problems.

  2. Hi

    While not the type of thing I’d wear (the sleeves would get caught in my wheels for a start lol), this top looks stunning on you. I’ve had off the rail wrap tops in the past that gaped badly but you fitted this to yourself beautifully. You look sophisticated yet fun (is that possible? I think so!) and the beaming smile on your face says everything about how you feel wearing it. A shirt, probably the Harrison, is on my list in the near future so even though this isn’t the style for me, I’m feeling inspired by what you’ve made.

    Thanks for sharing, T x

  3. This whole outfit is so FABULOUS!!!!! Love everything about this post! I truly think a fancy white top is a must for any wardrobe; it’s always such a chic look.

  4. I love this!! Those sleeves are awesome, and the fit is amazing. Also loving the dress version on the pattern, it’s very odd that Laura Ashley patterns aren’t available here.

  5. This looks magnificent!! And you’ve styled it so well with the necklace, bag and shoes. Love it. Not sure if I can wear it these days – when I was younger I would have snapped it up. Actually, 40 years ago I had a similar but different statement white top and I loved it. Ah if only I was a little bit slimmer.

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