Review: McCall's 7929 and McCall's 7725!

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McCall's 7929 Top & McCall's 7725 Skirt - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I can't believe it's already July 1st! We're halfway done with this year. Wow... time is flying by. I've been feeling like I haven't been sewing a lot as compared to my prior years. But that just tells me that I have nice and full wardrobe that's efficiently working for me. I've added some really cute pieces this season, but I have a lot of things from previous seasons that are still in major rotation. Cheers to effective wardrobe building!
McCall's 7929 Top & McCall's 7725 Skirt - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
So, with saying all of that, I can guilt-free enjoy sewing things I like rather than sewing things  I absolutely need. Which leads me to this really adorable two-piece outfit. As with suits, sewing matching sets just increases your wardrobe by adding new amazing separates.
McCall's 7929 Top & McCall's 7725 Skirt - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I found this amazingly fun fabric at Mood Fabrics.com. It's the Jadeite and Bright Orange Floral Cotton Twill. It's a lightweight twill... a little heavier than a poplin and it sews like a dream. I prewashed and pulled it straight from the dryer and it smoothed out with the iron perfectly.
McCall's 7929 Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
The top is McCall's 7929, view A. Right off the bat, I know that the button-up back wasn't going to work for me. Trying to button up the back and twisting the top round, and working my arms through the sleeves really didn't appeal me to me... at all.
McCall's 7929 Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
So, I decided to modify the back by created a center back panel of shirring. This way, I can just pull it over instead of struggling alone or needing an extra set of hands.
McCall's 7929 Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
A couple of years ago, I made Mikaela a shirred bodice dress and created a tutorial. You can check it out here.
McCall's 7929 Top - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I also made a FBA and added an inch to the length so that it would hit right at the waistband of the skirt.
The skirt is McCall's 7725, view C.
McCall's 7929 Top & McCall's 7725 Skirt - Erica Bunker DIY Style!I wanted the midi length because I knew that one was going to be the most flattering on me.
I finished my seams with a Hong Kong finish. And a button and buttonhole instead of a hook and eye.
And I added an inch to the length of the upper part of the skirt. I left the hem of raw because I felt the skirt would would hang better.

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14 comments

  1. I love this! Your idea to put a shirred panel in the back is genius. Thanks for sharing and linking to the tutorial!

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  2. This outfit is so adorable! Also love the elastic shirring addition - brilliant!

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  3. What a fun print! Love both pieces. They'd be great as separates too.

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  4. This is great! I really think your modification to the back is how they should have designed it. Not everyone has the flexibility or the companion necessary to get buttoned in every day, after all.

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    1. I totally agree! Thank you Gretchen!

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  5. Just incredible! You look so good!

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  6. I love how you finish the garments so beautifully. The fit is great.

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