The Brightness of Princeton Orange Silk and McCall’s 6794

Bold color choices are great any season!  I’m so lucky that they dominant my personal color palette.  Bright oranges, greens, purples and blues are the perfect match for my skin tone.  Lucky me Mood has such an extensive range of colors and fabrics available at their online store.

The spring color trends included celosia orange, a perfect shade for me.  I found Princeton Orange Silk Twill.  It’s a deeper and softer orange color that is perfect for any time of year. This fabric may be used to make tops and dresses.   Any garment you choose to make will lighten up the room no matter what season it is.  If you are a little shy when it comes to being in the spotlight, it’s great as a lining for a jacket or coat.  You may also pair it with neutral colors.  I decided to make McCall 6794, a cute high low top that can be dressed up or down.  For this review I’m wearing it with jeans for a casual look.

McCall’s describes this pattern as misses’ tops and tunics: very loose-fitting, pullover tops and tunics have neckline variations, front gathered into midriff, attached tie ends, and narrow hem.  A:  gathered sleeves and sleeves and bands.  C: shaped back hemline, wrong side shows.  It’s available in sizes XS to XXL.  I used medium with modifications.

I made view C.  For the most part, it did look like the top worn by the model.  My version appears to be slightly shorter.  Next time I will add an inch or so to the length of the bodice front and the back, and I will make the tie a few inches longer because I like to bringing the tie to the front center like I’m wearing it here.  I think a few more inches will look better.

The instructions were easy to follow, but I’m always taking the liberty to change a few steps.  In this case, I did not finish the hem of the armholes and bottom of top as recommended.  I finished the edges using my serger and only turned the allowance under once.

I bought this pattern for view C.  I liked the high low top and thought it would be a good choice for my body shape.  My sister showed my a dress that she’d like me to make with similar design lines.  So I will use it for that as well.

It took me a while to complete this top because of some fitting adjustments. I finished it, distributing the gathers as recommended. There was some pooling of fabric at the center front. So I ripped out the side seams, removed the midriff lining, and detached the front bodice from the midriff. Then reattached it with no gathers at the center front to see if that made a difference. Not much difference. In the before and after modification photo, you can see that now the fabric forms a “U” shape at center front. I think if I add a little length to the bodice it will look better. This is only my first go round with this pattern. I will see how my changes effect the next version. More about that in a future post on my blog. 

Alterations include FBA and prominent shoulder blades. I made a similar adjustment for this dress.  Sorry no picture of this the McCall’s top.  But I think this picture explains how I made it.  For the shoulder blades I added a little width across the back.  I did experience some difficulty with getting a smooth finish around the neckline, but it’s not too bad.  Could be a simple matter of a great press, which it will get at the cleaners.

The fabric and pattern are a good match.  I hope you will give both the fabric and the pattern a try.

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Comments


  • Sallie
    July 11, 2014

    Cennetta this is GORGEOUS! I love the color on you, and the fluidity of this fabric works so well with the gathers. But I think my favorite part is the way you’ve tied the belt – it reminds me of an Obi!

    • Cennetta
      July 11, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie.

  • carolyn roemer
    July 11, 2014

    I’ve never worked with silk twill. Your top looks very nice on you. The drape of the twill surprised me. So think I will try it with a top too. Princeton orange! Well, you go girl ! I might have to try a duller color, that is a “softer” color.

  • Cennetta
    July 11, 2014

    Thanks, Carolyn.

  • Peter
    July 11, 2014

    Beautiful color! This top really looks wonderful on you. Great job!

  • Mary Danielson
    July 11, 2014

    Wow, Cennetta! You have such an eye for color. This is such a gorgeous blouse and you look positively glowing in orange. Lovely work!

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks, Mary.
      More orange clothing to come. ;-)
      C

  • Lori
    July 12, 2014

    Cennetta, this is so gorgeous. I love the color and just the thought of silk twill , it just sound scrumptious.. Also, nice job on redistributing the gathers, never a fun thing to unsew but I like your results. Great job.

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks, Lori. I’m hoping to make this top again to see if I can address the “U” affect. Wish me luck on that. I need it.
      C

  • oonaballoona
    July 12, 2014

    you positively glow in that shade!

    • Cennetta
      July 14, 2014

      Thanks, Oonaballoona! I’ll be incorporating more orange into my clothing.
      C

  • Erica B.
    July 15, 2014

    Beautiful! And this color looks amazing on you!

    • Cennetta
      July 16, 2014

      Thanks, Eric.

      • Cennetta
        July 16, 2014

        Oops, Typing too fast! Erica. ;-)

  • DebB
    July 15, 2014

    That color is amazing and perfect on you! Great choice of pattern and fabric. Those are some pretty snazzy jeans – did you make those as well? Great outfit!

    • Cennetta
      July 16, 2014

      Thanks, DebB.
      The jeans are Fubu, sorry! They are about six years old.
      Cennetta

  • Amy
    July 16, 2014

    You’re right – that color suits you perfectly. What a fabulous silk twill. I’m so glad you made it into such a beautiful blouse. You look lovely!

  • Amanda S.
    July 16, 2014

    Ditto everyone else, this color is just gorgeous on you!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 19, 2014

    What a luminous colour on you! Was the silk twill easy to sew with compared to other sorts of silk?
    And I do like this top on you – the defined waist looks great!

    • Cennetta
      July 21, 2014

      Thanks, Lizzy. The weight and weave of silk is easier than other similar silks weaves. It’s easy to handle and I will definitely sew it again.

  • Fiona
    August 2, 2014

    I wholeheartedly agree with everyone else, what a wonderful colour and shape on you! It must feel beautiful too!