I am not much of a band-wagoner, but some trends cannot be ignored. Mccalls 7542 is fast becoming a very popular make in the sewing community.
When it was initially released, I passed on it in favor of other choices. I love the sleeve options, but I thought it was a bit boxy and too short. Those are simple tweaks, but I passed on it. THEN, I started seeing the variations on Instagram and starting falling in love with it. I found it on sale a second time so, I decided to buy it.
Once all cut, I carefully cut the middles of the shapes taking care not to cut the bottom layer.
I really love these sleeves! I have nothing like them in my wardrobe and they really elevate a simple top.
The body of the top is made in double layers. I added a third layer to the sleeves to mask the bobbin threads on the underside. Once inserted in the body of the top, I trimmed the seam allowance of the sleeve head to reduce bulk.
To finish the neckline, I added a bias strip of jersey and stitched it in place using a hand-sewn chain stitch.
I love all the texture in this top. As a final step, I felled the seams to the sides and top-stitched them by hand-sewing them to the back. I left the bottom of the top un-hemmed with a raw edge.
I really like this top and the drama of the sleeves. I will certainly make this again and definitely the other views.