Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Its Wild in The Jungle!!

This top is my contribution to the Jungle January challenge hosted by Pretty Grievances.  

Pattern Review~
McCall's 5709

Pattern Description: Close fitting, pull-over top in two lengths has looped (twist) front and sleeve variations. I made View A.

Pattern Sizing: Misses size 6 thru 14; I made a size 12.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were VERY easy to follow although I didn't follow them verbatim (as I never do).
J I usually modify the construction steps when I sew with commercial patterns. The first time that I sewed the area near the twist there was a little gapping so I ripped and re-stitched the twist area to eliminate the gapping. Besides that little issue the top sewed up like a dream.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the twist at the bust line and the sleeves on View A. I had no dislikes with the pattern.

Fabric Used: The fabric poly/lycra knit purchased at Hancock’s for $2 per yard. There was only a few yards left on the clearance table so I purchased all of it.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made no design changes to the pattern but I did make a small adjustment to the shoulder area by adding 3/8” to the back shoulder seam.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to sew this pattern again.
 Initially, I was planning to cut the shorter version (View C) but accidentally cut the tunic length so my next version will be View C with the sleeves from View A. I definitely recommend it to others however it is OOP.

Conclusion: This is a great style top/tunic that is very easy to make and I think it would flatter most figures. I highly recommend it!


  1. Im so pleased you posted this- I saw you on PR and was about to email you! Love it !

    1. Thanks you for your comments and thanks for hosting the Jungle January sew along. The Jungle January sew along really brought out the animal instinct in so many sewing bloggers!

  2. Very flattering, and an awesome job! Found you from Pretty Grievances. :) Which pattern is this?

  3. McCall's 5709 which is out of print.