I’m not sure if it’s the transitional weather at the moment but recently I’ve been really drawn to matching trouser and top sets and I couldn’t resist this pattern from McCalls, M7937, with it’s simple cut but frilly detail.  The pattern was released earlier this year and I’ve had my eye on it since I saw it. The pattern envelope has 2 trouser and 3 top options – you can omit the frill, but why would you?! I chose to make the trouser with ankle frill and top B which is the simple crop top but with the frill from top C. 

With my pattern in mind I went hunting on the Minerva website for the perfect fabric. This outfit felt fun and cheeky to me so I looked at some of the more novelty prints and opted for a bright green poly-cotton, with printed white and pink flower heads.

The trousers were insanely easy to make – they consist of just front and back pieces, the frill piece and the waist facing. Having said that, I somehow attached my zip with the lapped edge facing the front instead of the back. A small, silly, mistake but slightly annoying as you can see the raised edge rather than a sleek finish on the zip side. A warning not to get too carried away with a seemingly ‘easy’ sewing task!

One note on trousers is that the pattern states you need a 22inch zip, but I think this must be a typo as that would take it past most people’s knees. I think it should be 12 inches. This is the length I used and it takes it comfortably past my hips so you can get a lovely fitted shape and still be able to get them on and off with minimal wiggling.

I love the style of the trousers on; they are high-waisted, slim around the hips and narrow down the leg with the frill at the bottom popping out.

Moving on to the top, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the top has boning at the side seams to keep the shape. In this case it will stop the top rolling up or down at the side and helps keep the shape of the sweetheart neckline. Since using the pre covered boning from Minerva earlier this year I really enjoy installing boning in my garments. I think it gives a look of professionalism, which I couldn’t put my finger on before I started using it. With the pre covered boning, rather than separate steel/plastic boning you don’t need to make channels as the whole piece just sews in using a zipper foot to stitch it straight onto your lining fabric.

I love the construction of this top with the cut-out bust shape and sweetheart neckline. A suggestion I would put out there would be to either interface the bust lining or perhaps add foam cups, for slightly more support, and that would give you the option to forego a bra.

A minor, but important, addition I made when making the top was to understitch the lining around the length of the top edge. This will keep the edge neat, and sharper than without under-stitching and there is less chance of the lining rolling to the outside.

The finishing touch to both the trousers and the top was to add my ‘Yes, I made it’ woven label from Kylie and the Machine. I love adding these labels to my handmade clothes and in this case I had the added bonus that they matched the pink in centre of my flowers (although being pink, they do match most of my handmade clothes)!

It’s definitely too cold for crop tops here in the UK now but I’m imagining it layered over a pink polo neck with the matching trousers, of course.

I would defiantly recommend this pattern for a super simple make with maximum fun and frills!

Thanks for reading and happy sewing!


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