Good morning, lovelies! Today, I’m here with the latest development in my quest to sew all the flowy blouses. This particular blouse is McCall’s 7357, one of my favorite patterns from their recent spring release. It’s a princess-seamed tunic top with multiple hem options, a three piece sleeve, and a banded, yoked neckline.
When this pattern released, I actually squealed out loud, y’all. I’m always looking out for new tunic patterns, especially ones with interesting design features and bust-friendly style lines. With the opportunity to mix fabrics, the boho 70’s feeling of the design, and multiple cup sizes included with this pattern, M7357 fit that bill perfectly.
Let’s go over how it turned out, shall we?
Pattern Name: McCall’s 7357
Size Range: Up to 22 D-Cup (46-37-46)
Pattern Description: “Loose-fitting, pullover tops have neck band, self-lined yokes, applied tab, side-front and side-back seams, three-piece sleeves, shaped hemline, and narrow hem. A: Short sleeves and contrast panels. A, B: Stitched hem on sleeves. B: Three-quarter length sleeves, and front sleeve and side slits. C: Purchased trim. C, D: Long sleeves gathered into binding. All views include separate pattern pieces for A/B, C and D cup sizes.”
For my first iteration of this pattern, I was utterly drawn in by the curved, split hem and split bell sleeves of View B. It’s exactly the loose, swingy sort of top I love pairing with skinny jeans. The pattern calls for lightweight fabrics with a bit of body, so I snagged a length of Liberty of London Tana Lawn from my stash. It’s a dizzy shoe print in shades of pink, cream, and tan on a dark brown background. While I love the print, it’s also one of the least “Mary” fabrics in my stash, so finally matching it to a pattern was a godsend. On the yoke and neckline, gray chambray was chosen to ground that chaotic print a bit.
Based on my measurements (46-36-48), I opted for a size 22 D-Cup. To test out those multiple cup sizes, I didn’t make any bust alterations whatsoever, which is decidedly out of the norm for me. However, I did go ahead and narrow the shoulders and make a very small full bicep adjustment to the sleeves. After tracing out the bodice pieces, my skepticism ran high–the cup sized pieces were only for the side bodice panels, not the center front. This means that the larger your cup size, the more you’re easing those pieces together. When making my own FBA for princess seams, I always lengthen the center front panel to make up for this change in the side. Side eye was being cast in a major way, at this point.
Honestly, though, such doubt was needless. There’s more than enough length in that front panel to ease the princess seams together. It takes a bit of patience and I recommend trimming to a smaller seam allowance, but my princess seams are still gloriously wrinkle-free. Apart from this harrowing bit of easing, construction was a cinch. The yoke, neckband, and back yoke are all faced for a really clean finish on the inside. Proper marking of pattern pieces is a must on the neckband, since it doesn’t necessarily go together as you would expect, but with that and proper understitching, it turned beautifully.
I added some extra labor in, choosing to do top-stitched seams throughout the shirt. When doing seam splits, like those of the hem and sleeves in this shirt, I love finishing seams in this way. They lend extra stability to the opened seams and have a super tidy finish. If this is your first time sewing split seams or a more involved blouse, the instructions from McCall’s are really clear and helpful, with some great diagrams for beginners.
In the end, this blouse was a winner, fit-wise. It’s flowy, yes, but the princess seams give it a great shape. My waist isn’t lost in the design, but it floats around my hips in exactly the way I prefer. For the bustier among us, a camisole or tank top is a must with this design. Even in the McCall’s pattern photos, their model wears a cami underneath, because that neckline plunge is low. I don’t mind the additional layer underneath and like the subtle sex appeal such a neckline provides. Admittedly, a shirt covered in brown shoes isn’t classically sexy, but this is a wearable muslin anyway.
Personally, I love how this blouse turned out! The shape works for me, the length is spot on, and I adore those billowing sleeves. If I ignore all the shoes on the print, it feels a bit Steve Nicks to wear. Maybe that’s why I’m planning another version in black rayon crepe?
Pattern Rating:(1 is the lowest score, 5 the highest)
Size Range: 3.5 — I love the cup sizes on this pattern, but wish the pattern didn’t stop at a 22. That’s somewhere around a 16/18 in ready-to-wear, which isn’t as inclusive as other McCall’s patterns out there.
Instructions: 5 — Admittedly, I wasn’t following these closely, but they seemed absolutely on point for such an easy blouse as this one. There are plenty of markings to guide you and clear diagrams for the more finicky parts of construction.
Construction Process: 5 — Easy as pie! Pay attention to your markings and you’ll be fine. There’s nothing overly difficult here, which makes for a very beginner-friendly pattern.
Final Fit: 4 — I love the fit of my final blouse, but had to narrow the shoulders quite a bit to get here. While multiple cup sizes are always welcome on patterns, I wish shoulders would be narrowed to a more realistic width on the larger sizes. This is a common problem on commercial patterns, but not one that stops annoying me!
Overall Rating: 4.38 — Overall, this pattern could have more inclusive sizing and some tweaks to the fit, but it’s a really lovely design and yields a great finished product. This would be the perfect pattern for using up larger scraps in your stash and those drapey, flowing rayons that are so lovely to wear in the warmer months. Recommended.