A Love Letter to McCalls 7195

Dear McCalls 7195, I picked you up this fall when I decided I needed to make more casual clothes. I scoffed a little, knowing you were a very simple pattern with four basic pieces and two darts. You had no fun detailing or challenging new skills to learn. You were a sweatshirt pattern with a…

Adding a peplum – a sewist’s lemonade

This is another top I whipped up when I realized I had nothing to wear for Me Made May. When deciding what length to make this iteration of my trusty McCalls 7195, I forgot two things: the original uses a ribbing band on the bottom, adding two inches; and that view C is basically a…

Chambray

Chambray has topped all of the lists I read about “must have” summer basics. I’m not a huge fan of the vaguely western style of most chambray tops, but I got the utility of the “goes with everything” summer fabric. I bought a boatload and decided to make another peplum top using the same fabric…