McCall’s 8781, MISSES’ UNLINED JACKET, BIAS TOP, PANTS AND BIAS SKIRT, copyright 1997 The McCall Pattern Co.
Oof, this outfit. Those pants. That awkward length on the jacket. The helmet that model is wearing. Oh, I mean that hair, yeah sorry.
Just for fun, here’s how I would restyle this cover art:
Feature the little bias top in the largest photo. Lengthen the jacket by at least six inches. Throw out the pants and NEVER SPEAK OF THEM AGAIN.
The skirt is fine. Whatever. It’s nothing. It can stay.
I made the little top. It’s super cute. It’s super 90’s. It has one major problem:
You can see it, right? You see the problem? You see it right away, right?
Total. Bra strap. Visibility.
The 2016 solution to this problem would be a halter style bra —which would still show, but not as strapnormously— or a strapless bra.
I am not interested in either of those. I want to live in a world where none of my shirts have Special Bra Requirements. A world where everything works with everything else. A world where I can just get dressed, dammit.
I tried a racer back bra, but the racer back itself was visible through the shirt’s center back keyhole opening, and looked even worst than the Festival Of Straps you can see in the photo above.
Actually, maybe a festival of straps is what this shirt needs. I could just wear all the bras, at the same time, like its a thing.
The 1997 solution to this problem, by the way, would’ve been to go no-bra. This is not guessing, or memory, this is a matter of movie fact: watch ANY 90’s movie if you don’t believe me. Even the polo scene in Pretty Woman. Which is technically from the very end of the 80’s but still. No bra under that iconic brown and white dotted silk dress.
Dark blue cotton gauze. Very thin, very see-through, I used two layers to make it opaque. This fabric was a sheer, light, unhemmed, super bohemian bedspread for about a dozen years, then I cut it up to make a swaddling blanket (big square, two layers, machine-quilt in a two inch grid, hem, done) which was pretty great because it’s such a strong dark color and all the other baby stuff I had for my son was serene and pale.
And now this top, plus a shirt that I haven’t sewn yet, will finish off the gauze scraps.
Just under three hours! Let’s hear it for immediate gratification!
Here, check it out, I came up with a solution for the strap visibility problem:
Sew It or Throw It:
I mentioned one time in this other post that I’d like to make this top as a sweater vest, and I am still into that idea. Like, a lightweight cashmere with satin binding at the armsceyes and the neckline. To be worn over crew neck long sleeved shirts, in winter when you want another layer on your body but no extra bulk on your arms. That’ll be awesome. Now I just need to keep an eye out for the fabric. I bet I can thrift-shop source this one.
The only change I made from the original was to cut two layers so I could clean finish the armsceyes and the keyhole back with the lining layer, instead of using the facings provided. No size changes or fit changes. Good pattern.
And I’m counting this as my 90’s entrant for the #vintagepledge. Please visit this post for more info on what the vintage pledge is, and the ladies who started it.