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Two McCall's M7722 Tops!

We haven't truly seen the sun here in West Michigan for nearly two weeks (ok, on and off) and the sun just now started setting early which means....................!

We're just gonna have to work with these non-color-true photos due to lack of natural sunlight and due to poor lighting in my house. Bahahaha. 

Either way.... I cranked out TWO new tops this weekend!



I got really excited on either Thursday or Friday when Jackie from McCall's patterns posted a Sew the Look photo with this pattern --pattern number M7722.

On Friday, I "accidentally" ended up at Joann Fabrics after work and this pattern happened to be 40% off! Also on Friday, I made a 2nd trip to Field's Fabrics off of Kalamazoo Ave here in Grand Rapids and found BOTH fabric for this top version for a grand total of $15. FIFTEEN. I can't buy shirts at Forever21 at this price!

They both sewed up ridiculously quickly.

I really only set off to buy fabric enough for 1 top, but when I found this star print fabric with a little silver through it, I knew it had  to become View C of this pattern.


I paired it with my vintage Butterick pattern pants -- pattern 3014 -- from the 1970s.

I love how both of them came out! The photos of this top were taken in my new, permanent sewing room in the house we just bought here in Grand Rapids. I feel like this room is looking exactly how I want it to at this point (minus the curtains) but I am sure that over time I'll be making adjustments.



Here is a better close-up of the star print on the 1st top.




I actually made the grey one 1st (the one that made me buy the pattern in the 1st place) but somehow ended up with less photos of me wearing it.

Either way, these photos are taken in my upstairs hallway where the staircase winds around.

Our bathroom is NOT practical at all for doing makeup and getting ready in the morning, so I ordered an Ikea desk, bought a mirror and a fuzzy stool, and made this small cove area into a makeup vanity. It feels luxurious to me because I have never had a space like this!


Lately, I have really been loving the style of the ladies on TV show The Bold Type and that's what this grey top makes me think of. It seems like something Jane Sloan's character would wear to work in her Manhattan office job for Scarlet Magazine (which is based on Cosmo).

I feel like that's the inspiration I have been going for in my own work-life since it's been over 4 years that I have had to dress for an office job. (Of course I can't find a photo, but trust me!)



All I gotta say is, good job McCall's!

This is a good one.

I am now to making almost-all stretch knit items. I do have a pair of Burda sailor-style pants that I am waiting on the pattern for in the mail and I am about to make a stretch knit turtleneck in a silk material.

I love that I can make basically anything I want -- even work clothes! 

I've been lazier with posting lately. I've been sewing more than I've been posting (I have a 1970s top I made like, 3 weeks ago and haven't posted yet!)

I'm sure one can see I am in the middle of re-vamping the look of ManicPop.com but I am also running into the issue of my 6-year-old computer being a complete moron making my life a living hell.

But hey -- like I said, we're just gonna roll with this.

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