McCalls 7974 Modified to A Top in Gingham Viscose

McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.

Hey Everyone,

A Super short post today to share a top I made using McCalls 7974. I have made this pattern once before as a dress (see here), and it really wasn’t very hard to modify it to top length, simply by shortening the skirt pieces to create a short ruffled peplum.

McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.

As a general rule I am not a huge fan of peplums on me, but maybe its the soft viscose fabric (purchased from Rainbow Fabrics), or the fact it is just softly gathered rather than being a circular peplum, but I like this top. A lot. It’s just so fresh and easy to wear for summer.

McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.
McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.

Definitely a new favourite in my wardrobe.

McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.

Pattern Alterations

  • Check out my first version for initial alterations
  • I cut the skirt pattern pieces off to form a peplum with a finished length of approximately 7 inches
  • I made the skirt front and side one piece and the same with the skirt back and side to avoid pattern matching at those seams
  • I lowered the centre front by 0.5 inches from my first version
  • I shortened view B sleeve by 4 inches
  • I did a 1 inch full bicep adjustment

Sweet and simple and I love it.

See you soon.

McCalls 7974 dress modified to a top. Worn with Muna and Broad Noice jeans.

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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

6 thoughts on “McCalls 7974 Modified to A Top in Gingham Viscose

  1. I love this top! It looks so fresh and cool, and really suits you. The pattern is really lovely, and as you know (from Instagram), I was inspired by your dress to make one for myself. Now I will have to make a top! Thank you for your inspiration X

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