McCalls M7542

I’ve completed my first make on my Autumn plans! Yay!

m7542 finished

I’ve made McCalls M7542 (view D) in this lovely swiss dot cotton lawn from Higgs and Higgs. Typical me has made a summery top in time for Autumn! I’m hanging onto summer as long as possible!


It feels like everyone has made this top as it fits the latest sleeve trend. The pattern has options for 5 different sleeve types, one of which is very dramatic! I chose view D. The pattern was free with the last issue of Sew Now magazine and I’d seen some lovely versions on social media so I decided to give it a go.

It was really nice to sew with cotton after sewing quite a few slippery fabrics lately. I’d forgotten how easily it presses and comes together and it made me remember that I can actually sew (sometimes!). Actually, the hem on the frill of this top is possibly some of the worst sewing I’ve ever done, but I’m pleased with how neatly I sewed the bodice! I really need to invest in a tailors ham to press curves more accurately!

m7542 fabric

This was the first McCalls pattern I’ve ever used and only the second or third pattern from the ‘Big four’ I’ve ever used. I found it really helpful to use their finished measurements, which are printed on the pattern pieces, as a guide when choosing the size. The size chart on the envelope would have me at a 14/16, but I made a 12 based on the finished measurements and the fit is good.

Pattern Review

Name: M7542

Company: McCalls

Description: Misses top with trumpet, tulip, pleated or bubble sleeves.

Printed or PDF: Printed (free with issue 11 of Sew Now magazine)

Sizing: Use the finished measurements which are on the pattern pieces as a guide. I made a 12 based on these and the fit was good. The envelope sizes has me at a 14 or 16. The bodice pieces are also available in different cup sizes and the instructions explain which to use based on your measurements. I used the C cup bodice piece.

Alterations: None. Next time I would add an inch or two to the length and make the sleeve a bit looser. Where the frill joins the sleeve is super tight so I need to stretch it a bit!

Fabric: This lovely floral swiss dot cotton lawn from Higgs and Higgs. £8.99 p/m.

Difficulty rating: I would say it’s suitable for a confident beginner. There’s nothing too tricky but hemming the frill is fiddly and you need to insert sleeves. The instructions aren’t as clear as some of the indie pattern company’s which is why I think you need to have made a few things first.

Difficulties encountered: Nothing major, only fiddly parts such as hemming the frill and I think I’ve got a couple of little tucks on the sleeve too!

Time taken: An afternoon.

Recommend: Yes. It’s a lovely, simple top that you could make in lots of variations due to the sleeves. Fits the current trend well.

What would I change: I’dd add a bit to the bodice length and definitely widen the sleeves! I may also add an exposed zip to mix it up a bit.

My favourite thing: The lovely fabric and definitely the sleeve detail!

m7542 finished

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