McCall’s M8040

McCall’s M8040

When it comes to jeans, or any trouser for that matter, I almost always opt for high-waisted styles. That said, I have very few tops that are cropped and therefore sit just above the jeans’ waistband. So, when I spotted the McCall’s M8040 I knew instantly that View A was exactly what I’d been looking for – and, of course, I fell head over heels for the billowy sleeves and gathers, you know me! The pattern offers three styles with length and sleeve variations, and each feature pretty princess seams on the bodice which help give the top some shape as well as a button front. This is a season-spanning pattern with styles that could be teamed easily with a range of garments.

Pattern size

Looking at the body measurements on the pattern envelope I decided to sew a size 12 throughout. Body measurements tend to be a little generous compared to the finished size and I think I could have adjusted the bust measurements slightly as the top looks a little loose here. I really need to build up my confidence with pattern alterations and perhaps sewing a toile and learning how to do a full bust adjustment would have made the top look better suited to my shape. The top would be easy enough to lengthen if needed so it’s worth keeping in mind what other garments you plan to pair with it so you can alter the length accordingly.

Choosing fabric for the M8040

This pattern is best suited for woven fabric such as cotton blends or denim. Personally, I think fabrics that have a little more structure work really well and give extra shape to the sleeves. I spotted this oh so pretty cotton seersucker designed by Pigeon Wishes on Hey Sew Sister and bought it straightaway. The fabric gives just the right amount of structure, which is ideal for this pattern, and it also feels really comfortable to wear. I love the vibrant red and pink design and I’m still wearing this throughout the colder months despite it not being typically autumnal.

Constructing the M8040

I didn’t have any issues sewing this garment, the instructions were clear and it really didn’t take long to sew so I would recommend this one for beginners. It was also so satisfying to sew buttonholes without my sewing machine wanting to gobble up the fabric! This often happens when I’m sewing heavy weight fabrics. On that note, if your machine does struggle sewing buttonholes, someone told me that putting pattern tissue underneath the fabric can help it to feed through the machine.

You will need to finish the seams in the desired method as you go along, I overlocked all the seams but I think the bottom hem would be more secure if you fold up the hem (around 3cm) as the pattern instructs, I sewed a narrow hem which I don’t think gives as neat a finish.

Final thoughts on the pattern

I will definitely use this pattern again and I imagine I’ll make View A because I love wearing high-waisted trousers! Plus, I was so pleased that I had enough fabric left over for a scrunchie.

Have you tried this pattern before?

Lorna x

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