Red Crossover Top

 

Must Have Crossover top Mood Fabrics' Silk crepe de chine using McCall's 6991

 

You see these everywhere, the crossover top for fall and McCall’s 6991 is the perfect pattern for this type of top.  The perfect fabric needs to be a fabric that is the same on both sides, with that in mind I went with Mood Fabrics’  Red Silk Crepe de Chine which is so gorgeous in person.  This fabric has just the right drape for this top and added so much to the success for my crossover top.

 

Fall's must have crossover top made using Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine using McCall's 6991

 

At the McCall’s blog, you will find helpful hints for  this pattern.  I used several of these to help construct my crossover top.  The first thing I did was look at the finished measurements on the front pattern piece.  This top runs big, I was very surprised at the finished measurements and went down one size.  I usually always make a size 12 for a McCall’s blouse and for this crossover I went down to a size 10.  You could even go down another size if you didn’t want such a loose fit or you could mix it up – 2 sizes down for the front pattern piece and one size for the back.

mccall's 6991 front3_edited-1

 

I have some tips while for this top.  First off small safety pins, no not to pin the front.  I used the small safety pins and a small pieces of paper.  One paper had right and the other left.  I placed the safety pin with the “right ” on the right side (as in right vs left)  of the top in the seam allowance and did the same with the “left” paper and safety pin.  Just doing this one little thing helped ease the confusion when handling this large fabric piece.  I also put the safety pins and paper on the right side of the fabric.  Even though the fabric will be twisted, you need to have a point of reference to start

Fall's must have crossover top made using Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine using McCall's 6991

I will wear this top with the sleeves pushed up almost all the time but I did add  1″ to the sleeve length.  If you like to wear your top with the sleeves down, these sleeves are a bit wide at the forearm, you may want to slim them down a bit.

Fall's must have crossover top made using Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine using McCall's 6991

 

Now the back, I wanted it longer in the back but not too long.  I shortened the back by 1-1/2″ which I like so much more.  The instructions call for an optional button and buttonhole to keep the front closed.  I opted for a small snap, the fabric is light and I thought the weight of the snap  (which is like no weight) would be perfect for the Crepe de Chine.

mccall's 6991 side2

 

You can see in the picture above how the small snap keeps the top from gaping open.  The Crepe De Chine is thin and I used a cream cami underneath the wrap top, I really want to find a red one for under this top.  I just want to keep the color all the same and not have the bit of another color at the neckline.

Love would be the best word to describe how I feel about this top, the fabric, the color and the pattern all combine into a top I absolutely love!  I have a feeling it will be worn so much this year and so many different ways.

Fall's must have crossover top made using Mood Fabrics' Silk Crepe de Chine using McCall's 6991

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Comments


  • lisa g
    September 19, 2014

    i just bought this pattern yesterday and can’t wait to make it… yours looks great! so luxe in that fabric. thanks for the sizing tips!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Lisa, it is a fun top to wear. Have fun making your top.

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 19, 2014

    Lori, you look gorgeous in red not to mention the top itself! Perfect for fall!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Sarah, I get the comment about the red quite a bit. I might just start only sewing in red fabric!

  • shanniloves
    September 19, 2014

    Thanks for your tips! I’ve have this pattern and plan to start on it soon.

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      You are welcome, Shanni. Have fun making your top.

  • The McCall Pattern Company
    September 19, 2014

    Lori, this top looks great on you! Agree, it runs really big and most people could make 1-2 sizes smaller.

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Meg, it is a fabulous pattern.

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    September 19, 2014

    Your top is great and the fabric is divine! This one is on my list too!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thank you, Erica, can’t wait to see your version.

  • Kristine
    September 19, 2014

    Thanks for your detailed post! I’ve got this pattern and needed to know the right fabric for the job, as well as modifications it may need. I love red… and have a Mood credit to spend! Perfect!!!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Kristine, have fun getting your fabric and making this top.

  • Manju
    September 19, 2014

    This looks so gorgeous on you Lori. I kind of failed with my attempt at this top but seeing your version I must try this view!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Yes, try again, Manju, it is a great top.

  • carolyn roemer
    September 19, 2014

    I see these tops every where so will have to try it for one of my girls. Your color chose looks so good in the photos. I always admire your work.

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thank you, Carolyn, your daughters will enjoy this top.

  • Melody
    September 19, 2014

    Gorgeous blouse, it looks so light and luxe.

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Melody, the fabric feels so luxe

  • Vicki
    September 19, 2014

    Great version. The red looks great.

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Vicki, red is a good color.

  • Teri
    September 20, 2014

    I have been so intrigued with this pattern. Thanks for the tips. Your top is a winner Lori!

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thanks, Teri, it is a very fun top to make.

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    Crepe de chine is the absolute perfect choice for this style of top and that vivid red looks fantastic on you

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      I love the fabric and the feel of the fabric. Thanks, Fiona

  • Ginger
    September 20, 2014

    This looks so great on you, Lori! You look amazing! I can’t wait to try this pattern. :)

    • Lori
      September 22, 2014

      Thank you so much, Sonja, I feel great in this top.

  • Peter
    September 24, 2014

    Beautiful top — I love the casual style done in an elegant fabric. Looks great on you!

    • Lori
      September 24, 2014

      Thanks, Peter, I think I will wear this blouse so much, the fabric is marvelous.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 28, 2014

    This is lovely, lovely, lovely. It looks so easy to wear!