Monday, January 6, 2020

Plaid Crepe Knit Top - McCall M6963

McCall M6963 was the next to last top that I made on New Year's Eve.  The goal that day was to make something quick and easy to end my year of sewing projects.  Last year was the year of knit tops.  I made over twenty.

Again, this pattern was already adjusted for fit.  It is also a Palmer/Pletsch pattern with fit instructions included.  The design is basically a t-shirt pattern with two variations of a cowl neck.  I used this to make another one of Rhonda's sleeve designs.  It's still available on the McCall Patterns website.  There are two size groupings:  8 to 16 and 16 to 24.  I used size 14 with modifications.

The fabric that I used is a beefy crepe knit from the New Rainbow Fabrics on Roosevelt Road. At first glance, I had to have it.  One of the things that I discovered while cutting out the top is that the plaid is not printed straight on the fabric.   From one end to the other, crosswise, the print is slightly off.  So it was difficult getting the plaid to line up throughout the top.  But I think I did okay.  Not perfect though.

My top does look like the photo on the pattern envelope with the exception of the drape of the cowl.  Mine has a little more body than the fabric used for the pictured top.  My fit adjustments produced a few more seams.  But other than that, it looked the same.

The instructions were typical and nothing confusing about them.  The bonus is that the pattern has fit instructions and some additional sewing tips.

I liked the cowl drape neckline variations.  As far as the rest of the pattern, it's a typical t-shirt pattern.  No dislikes.

My alterations:
  • FBA
  • Swayback and center back seam
  • Changed the sleeve length 
  • Prominent Shoulder Blade adjustment
I will use it again for sure.  It's a easy wardrobe builder.  It looks great underneath jackets and cardigans as well as by itself with pants or a skirt.  All level sewists can enjoy making it and wearing it.

Worn with Christine Jonson Travel Trio Pants

Both M6964 and M6963 t-shirt knit tops were a great way to close out my sewing projects for 2019.  They were easy and quick.  To start the new year I have two great looking tops to coordinate with other separates in my wardrobe.

Happy Sewing!


  1. really nice, love the plaid and great fit.

  2. Cenetta, great fit as usual and you matched all those lines up perfectly. Great work! I have never even tried to do the matching, I just buy solids or prints that don't need matching.

    1. Thank you so much, Connie. You should try it.

  3. I hate when patterns are off grain! Your top came out great in spite of that, and really looks great with those pants!

  4. This is another wonderful top to add to your collection!

  5. Swoon! I really love the take on this pattern in the plaid and that crepe must make it nice to wear.
    LOVE the red pants too!

    1. Thanks, Kesha. I really love the way it turned out too. And the crepe is soft and springy. Feels good on the skin.

  6. Oh, my, this is yummy. Plaids have been calling to me lately and this one is fabulous. You really rocked it, Cenetta.



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