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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.

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