Finished: McCall’s 7989 Knit Camisole

I had a very cute knit camisole in college.  It came with matching boyshorts, which are long since gone.  I held onto the camisole even after it no longer fit comfortably in the bust. I finally made a better version of my comfy knit cami.

Here I am with my fitness swimsuit under it since the elastic straps are not bra friendly.



Pattern Description:
Misses’ fit and flared slipdress pattern from the 1990s. 

Pattern Sizing:
I began with the size 16 fitted slipdress pattern I worked on last year. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Umm, not really.  I wanted to recreate a knit camisole I loved (and outgrew) from my college days.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions?  I winged it…

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that I had — ostensibly — already fitted the pattern. 

Fabric Used:
An ITY knit from the stash. I’d bought it from in April.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
— I shortened the slipdress to hip length.
— I added a bust dart to the slipdress pattern and kept it in the knit camisole.  I am learning I absolutely need a dart in my knits.
— I used fold-over elastic (FOE) for the neck binding and the armholes.  After destroying the FOE on my first camisole, I got this one right after much (MUCH) practice.

— I thought the pattern was fitted to my body already, but when I tried on my cami, it was too big by a lot.   I wound up taking in the sides by 4″ on each side to get the fit I wanted.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I will definitely be sewing this again.


3 thoughts on “Finished: McCall’s 7989 Knit Camisole

  1. Lyric

    I seriously need to quit shying away from knit fabrics. But you know what, Happy Homemaker, just last week I was reading a blog discussing the sewing of knits and, oh wait, MimiG’s new color-spliced skirt . . .. anywho she mentioned using a stretch stitch. Girl, I am working on a 1925 (or some such), hand crank sewing machine (we live off the grid) and I ain’t got all that fancy schmancy stitches. But, there’s got to be a way; you feel me?



    1. JuliN Post author

      You’ve got me curious, Lyric. There’s got to be a way, even with a hand crank machine. How do you operate a hand crank machine? 1 hand guides the fabric and 1 hand turns the crank?

      I have a vintage Kenmore that has straight and zig zag stitches. I had to get over my fear of knits too – thinking they’re too clingy for me. They’re comfy and wash well!


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