I made this top using McCall's pattern 5621. I thought I would make view A to use as a swim suit cover up this summer. But wanted to see what it would look like with sleeves as a shirt for now so the swimsuit cover will come a bit later.
I think this pattern would be best made from a very light weight fabric that hangs and has a nice drape that's not a stiff cotton. My fabric was right on the verge and it turned out OK.
For this top I used some blue and white thin cotton, It has a slight stretch to it. I paired it with a flower print for the neck band.
I had to alter this pattern a bit by taking in the sides quite a bit because it was called "a bag" from my husband when I tried it on for a mid process fitting. I cut the larger view C sleeves but took them in too and gathered the outer sleeve in the cuff to match the neck band. I also shortened it to shirt length.
One alter I wish I would have made was the shoulder width. I have shoulders that are a tad bit wider/broader than they should be, haahaa, and the shoulder seam on most shirts doesn't hit where it should, so next time I make this shirt I will cut the shoulder top wider a bit.
For altering sleeves, I would recommend using a muslin template first. I used muslin to cut the original view C sleeve out and then I pinned and trimmed and pinned some more until I had it to where I thought it would be good. I then sewed it on with a basting stitch and tried on the shirt. Even after all that I had to pick off the muslin sleeve to adjust it a bit more and then basted it back on to try. When it was just where I wanted it I picked it off and used it as a pattern to cut the other sleeve and sewed them both on for good.
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Here's a better look at the hoops, and another pair I got recently.
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