I found this cute little separates pattern on Etsy whilst browsing the vintage pattern section as I find myself doing from time to time. I was actually looking for playsuit patterns but I was immediately drawn to Mccalls 5377 as soon as I saw it for a couple of different reasons. I loved the simplicity of the top with its straight neckline and the fact that the sweet little shoulder-ties make it incredibly summery and almost beachy whilst still being completely wearable. I also thought that the shorts were lovely on account of their simplicity- I had wanted to make a staple pair of vintage shorts for a while and this little pair seemed like a good place to start!
I made a calico toile of each garment and I only had to make a couple of adjustments. The shorts came up super duper high on me- far higher than on the pattern picture so I removed 2.5cm/ 1 inch along the lengthen / shorten line which meant that the waistband hit at my natural waist. I have found that things that come up too high have a shortening effect which isn’t ideal as I am already petite! The shorts curved more through the hip area than I do so I had to smooth this off into a slightly straighter line. I have found this quite a bit with vintage patterns- but it’s a very easy issue to address.
With the top I had to reduce the width of the neckline slightly as it was a little gapey. I also chose not to sew up the release pleats at the waist on this version as although they are cute I really liked the feel of the top without them. This is a perfect top for a really hot day and I liked it being a little less structured. It also tucks in fine without them which is how I will mainly wear it.
I hadn’t necessarily intended to make this as an outfit as I would definitely wear both these garments with other things but I happened to have a perfectly matching yellow cotton twill and yellow gingham in my stash.
All in all I was really pleased with how these garments turned out and I have actually started making up the shorts in a lightweight denim as I will be able to wear them with more of my wardrobe than the yellow. They are a really great shape for everyday, perfect for walking the dog or hopping on my bike with a pair of plimsolls whilst still having just a touch of vintage charm.
The top hardly uses any fabric so I think it looks like Mccalls 5377 will come in very handy as a stash buster pattern- I am definitely envisaging a few of these in some Liberty prints coming up, especially if the glorious weather we are having in London at the moment continues. I also think it would also be really cute with some embroidery across the simple neckline.
Have you made any super summery outfits or sewn up any vintage patterns recently?
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