Hey friends! I recently made McCalls 7969 (for the third time since it’s been released). My first two versions were the dress, but this time I wanted to make it into a blouse.

I wanted to make it black for a really classic look that can be worn in the day or at night. I had this linen blend fabric that I bought. It was 45 inches and I purchased 3 yards. All I can say is that I was cutting it close with the pattern pieces. I had JUST ENOUGH left for the peplum.

I made the bodice per the instructions on the envelope. I avoided the interfacing on the bias bindings and did an edgestitch instead of a slipstitch as well.

I know this bodice is pretty boxy and has a lot of room. I ignored the notches at the bottom of the bodice and cross the two front pieces over one another giving myself a more snug fit.

For the peplum, I used the skirt pattern piece, but I cut it at 12 inches from the bottom hem. I cut 2, just like I would for the dress.

I attached the peplum, just like I would the skirt peice. Then I decided to cut off another 1.5 inches to make the peplum fit closer to my proportions.

I think this is going to be one of my favorite blouses. I know I made it out of linen, but I think I can wear this for 2-3 seasons around here.

What do you think of my pattern hack? Let me know in the comments.


4 responses to “McCall’s 7969: I hacked this pattern into a blouse”

  1. Peggy R. Avatar
    Peggy R.

    Love it and those sunglasses are so adorable 🥰
    You look sew good!


    1. R A V E N Avatar

      thank you Peggy!


  2. Tracey Vincent Avatar
    Tracey Vincent

    Love this!!! Been thinking about making this pattern….but worried about getting enough coverage for my full bust. Did you adjust the bodice in any way??? Tracey x


    1. R A V E N Avatar

      Hi Tracey – I did not do an FBA on any of my versions and I felt like I had enough coverage. I recommend making a toile first tho.


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