Pattern McCall’s 5522 Blouse
Pattern Description: Shirts A, B, C and D have front gathers, princess seams with topstitching, front bands, collar and sleeve variations; shirt A has stand-up collar, elbow length and gathered bubble sleeve; shirt B has self ruffles, collar with collar band and gathered sleeve with cuffs; shirts C, D have collar with collar band and pleated sleeve with cuffs; shirt C has self ruffles; includes separate pieces for A/B, C, D cup sizes.
Pattern Sizing: 6-20. The first black version I made in a size 10 with a C-cup. The blue shirt I made in a size 8 with a C-cup, which was a better fit.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I made View B.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Likes: The puffed 3/4 length sleeves; the front gathers; the princess seams; the top stitching; the cup size choices.
Dislikes: The fact that the pattern tells you to endlessly slip-stitch the collar stand, the front band, and the sleeve cuff. The slip-stitching really slows down the construction process. For both shirts, I ended up just using a machine stitch down the side of the front band just like in View D(?). I also machine stitched the collar band on the blue shirt, and I now wish I had slip-stitched it instead for a nicer finish.
Fabric Used: Thin black cotton (blend?) shirting and sheer royal blue poly crepe. Both were from Wal-Mart’s $1.00/yd table, and they are unlined.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I left off the ruffle for both of the shirts. Ruffles positioned there on the chest look so fussy to me, and I wanted to go with a nice, clean look. On the blue blouse, I top-stitched 1/8″ from the seams along all the lower sections and under the bust line. Also I tried my hand at covering the buttons for both blouses, and I like the overall effect.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Well, I’ve already sewn this blouse twice. I think two are enough, but it’s such a stylish, but classic-looking shirt, that having it in a few basic colors would be nice. I would certainly recommend this shirt to others. It is good for intermediate sewists who have sewn a few collared shirts.
Conclusion: It really is a nice shirt, and if you take your time, you will get pleasing, even RTW results. A co-worker complimented my black shirt.