I’ve been doing a series of blog posts about McCall’s Barbie pattern 5462, and specifically, I’ve been focused on the shirt pattern found in view B.
I made all of these garments from the View B pattern, and as you can see, they are each just a little bit different:
Today I’m going to focus on the one in the upper right corner of the photo above.
This shirt has a long-ish 3/4 length sleeve, but look at that unusual neckline:
When I cut this shirt out to sew it, I wasn’t feeling very well. I had been making silly mistakes all day long, and when I was cutting the shirt’s neckline, I cut way too deep!
How does one fix a problem like this?
Yes, by adding elastic to the inside of the shirt, I was able to create a gathered look to the front of the garment.
You have to sew the elastic over the top of the garment’s edge, while stretching the elastic, to get this effect:
Perhaps you’re wondering what I mean by that.
Have a look at the images below. After fully sewing the garment, I opened up the back (figure one), pinned one end of the elastic to the shoulder seam (figure 2), and placed the shoulder seam under my sewing machine’s presser foot.
Then I tugged at the elastic, keeping it stretched as I sewed it onto the inside of the garment front (see figure 3).
By creating a “sewing machine knot” (going back and forth over the seam) at the start and end of my stitch, I was able to secure my stitches in place, so when I pulled the garment out of the sewing machine, it puckered, like you see in figure 4.
This creates a nice puffy front for the garment, as if a gathered front was the intended outcome.
It looks nice from the side view too.
Once again, I used McCall’s Barbie pattern 5462 to make this shirt. The pattern’s design is for a stretchy-fabric sporty top with three-quarter length sleeves, and a boat-neck-style (see image below).
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