pretty and pink: mccall’s 7573

A couple weeks ago, I talked a little bit about trends: following them, wearing them, and making them work for your lifestyle. For me, 2017 feels like the year of detailed trends. There isn’t necessarily one single item everyone is lusting after (except maybe an off-the-shoulder top); instead, it’s specific details and fabrics like interesting sleeves and gingham and embroidery. The gingham trend makes me especially happy, because it happens to be one of my favorite prints. It’s so classic and fresh and perfect for spring and summer. Ruffles are also all over the place, on sleeves and tops and skirts and jackets and everything in between. It’s another trend I really like, but it’s easy to get carried away and go overboard with it. That’s why I was immediately smitten with this new pattern, McCall’s 7573. The ruffle is so delicate and ladylike, and I’m particularly fond of the option with the yoke, view D, which is what I made. We all can’t rock off-the-shoulder tops, so this is a fantastic option if you’re less inclined to show a lot of skin like I am. Plus, you might even be able to get away with it on casual Friday at the office with a denim pencil skirt and flats.

Linen isn’t listed on the pattern envelope as a suggested fabric, but I knew it would work. There’s more body in linen than a crepe de chine or gauze, which is one of the reasons I picked it for this pattern. I wanted something that would show off the ruffle a little better, and it happens to be one of my favorite fabrics to wear in spring and summer (and this one isn’t a blend, it’s 100% linen). I also loved the idea of this bigger scale gingham because it pairs nicely with the big shape of the pattern pieces. This fabric was a wholesale purchase I made back when I was in business. I bought every yard they had, so it’s sold out. It came from Fashion Fabrics Club.

This is a very easy project to sew, and I made it in a day. I didn’t change a thing about the pattern, but I did cut one size smaller than I normally do which was the right call. The only tricky part about this top is making big motions with your arms. Raise them too far over your head and the whole blouse goes with you. The seam around the body and shoulders where the ruffle is sewn is why this happens. My advice? Don’t do jumping jacks in this one.

Otherwise, this sweet little top could not be more comfortable. The day I took these photos, I also photographed a fitted dress, and I was so much more comfortable after I changed into this outfit. The top is nice and billowy without being a tent, and it’s easy to put on and take off.

Eventually, it will be too hot to wear jeans here in Texas and when it is, I think this top will be lovely with shorts or a short denim skirt. Right now, it makes for the perfect transition piece with skinny or boyfriend jeans. I’d like to make this top again and, when I do, I think I’ll lengthen it into a dress. Wouldn’t that be darling?!

I made my own bias tape using my fabric and I sewed it down on my machine, instead of slip stitching it by hand. it was easier and I think it looks a little more polished.

Very happy with this little top, and I look forward to making it again. Now, I’m off to sew some dresses. Have a great week!


  1. Viktoria | 20th Apr 17

    I can’t even begin to tell you how cute this top is! And that fabric?! I would buy every last yard too if I’d had the chance. I went and bought the pattern today along with a cotton fabric. Not quite super lightweight but not medium weight either, I’m crossing my fingers it drapes the same way the linen did for you.

    xo Viktoria

    • Emily | 24th Apr 17

      Hi Viktoria! I’m so glad you like it as much as I do! That’s so great you got the pattern! Your fabric sounds lovely. Enjoy making it, and let me know how it turns out! xo Emily <3 <3 <3

  2. Patty S. | 19th Apr 17

    OMG, just LOVE how this top turned out, and the fabric really makes it. Beautiful finish job. Would love to try to find this linen fabric, sure hope Fashion Fabrics Club can re-stock it!

    • Emily | 20th Apr 17

      Hi Patty! Thank you for your comment! I love this top too, it really is one of my favorites. I hope the fabric gets re-stocked too. Or, maybe something similar will come along. It’s so unique!

  3. Inès | 15th Apr 17

    Lovely blouse, really!! I love how sweet the colors are and I also love the flowy effect of the fabric! Great job!

    • Emily | 15th Apr 17

      Hi Ines! Thank you! I love this one too. It’s one of my favorite tops I’ve ever made. Looking forward to making it again! 🙂

  4. Jessie | 12th Apr 17

    Always love your classic take on the trends! The sleeves on this are so dreamy!
    xo Jessie

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