Monday, December 5, 2011

Saturday night

On Saturday I went out on the town with some of the moms from preschool. Of course, I needed something to wear! I bought some fun, sparkly knit at Hancock Fabrics and dug out McCall's 4923 (now out-of-print) from my stash.

M4923, pattern envelope
The pattern includes six variations of cardigans plus a lined cami, which was perfect since the sparkly knit was sheer. I made a size XL and added 2" to the length (if I make it again, I might add a little more length... maybe 1/2"-1"?). I found a black polyester knit in my stash to use for the lining.

completed M4923, front view
Based on the finished garment measurements listed on the pattern envelope, I didn't do an FBA. As it turns out though, I did need to make an adjustment to make it work:

M4923, dart detail
When I tried it on, I found that though it fit around my bust, it also gaped significantly at the armhole. So I added darts at the armhole on each side to take in the extra fabric there. It isn't perfect, but the fabric is black-- so it's not very visible-- and it gets the job done, so I'm happy.

The pattern instructions were pretty basic and very easy to follow. The only real downside was that the method they used for the lining involved a bit of hand sewing. It wasn't bad, though it was a little time-consuming and my hand stitches with the knit were not pretty. But they're on the inside, so I'm the only one who has to look at them.

M4923, full-length view
I paired the top with some new jeans. Woo! Sparkly!

M4923, side view
Ready for a fun night on the town!


  1. Love it! It looks really nice. Hope you had a fun night out!

  2. Perfect for a night on the town.
    Lookin' good!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  3. I love it! I want to meet the people who make these patterns and think that if you are a little bigger you have to have these HUGE arm holes! Even if you buy them at the store that is one of my biggest complaints! I don't want my bra to show...! I would wear this top! LOVE the sparkles!! You will be so very festive for whatever you decide to do this holiday season! Oh, and that fancy purse you made a few purses back... you got it girl!!