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Instant gratification top – McCall’s 6513


On recommendation of one of the sewing friends in Paris, I bought this pattern at Tissus Reine. I did not know they sold individual patterns, it was a happy surprise to be able to buy the pattern right away.

It took only an evening to make this, including my pattern alteration (FBA). I made no other changes then tapering it a bit wider at hip level and it fits well. It provides a lot of information on how to alter for bust size, sway-back etc. and which measurements to take to choose the size to start with. In one of the reviews I saw a remark on it being too long, but I like it that way. Finally a top that doesn’t need lengthening.

I made it from a knit I already had. A bit warm at the moment to wear it, but I’m quite sure I will make more of these later in the year again.


  1. Interesting pattern! I see how the back has only one set in sleeve. Not sure why but if it's comfortable for you, good. This will make a great top for winter and I think could easily become a tried and true for you, Sigrid. Very nice.

  2. Nice! I could do with a top like that right now. It is turning cold here.

  3. I love faux wrap tops and this one is a really nice one.

  4. That's a very pretty and versatile top.

  5. Very nice! You did a great job with our pattern.

  6. Snap dat je blij bent met dit patroon!

  7. Instant perhaps, but certainly gratifying. I really like this pattern.

  8. I missed this McCall's pattern. Thanks for sharing. Instant gratification sewing definitely lives up to its name!

  9. Oh my. This is almost identical to one of my 20+ year old TNT patterns. Butterick 5116. The only difference I see is the addition of gathers on left the side seam.
    Mine was originally designed for knits. I have used it many, many times. When not making it with a knit fabric, I just cut it a little bigger.
    So glad to know that the pattern company folks see feet to re-release it. I hope you enjoy your pattern as much as I enjoy mine.
    Happy stitching.


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