Surprise Top – M6566

McCalls 6566 is a bit of a gem of a pattern. It has so many variations, a plain tee, a raglan look tee (it’s actually an overlay), a gathered peplum back and view D (my choice) which has really cool princess seaming detail. I really liked the drawing on the envelope with the stripes and wanted to copy it with my left over Tessuti Jaywalk fabric.


Little did I know, but upon cutting out the pattern pieces from the tissue I discovered the back had a really cool detail not obvious from the front of the envelope. The back has an awesome low wrap over detail!


Ok it is super low and definitely much lower than I expected, certainly not bra friendly hence the singlet, but a pretty cool detail nonetheless.


I love the back detail, but there is one issue, and kind of a big one, my shoulders are not particularly wide and with the V being as deep as it is, the bloody thing keeps falling off my shoulders! If it wasn’t for wearing a singlet there would have been some serious wardrobe malfunctioning today! I made this up yesterday, took the pics this morning and wore it to work, it didn’t really occur to me that it would be so determined to fall off. To fix this I am going to sew a strip of fabric and sew it from shoulder to shoulder across the back – whilst I know this isn’t quite the look the pattern is after, it is better than a bewb-flashing incident!

My construction notes:
– shortened the bodice by 3″
– narrowed the shoulders by 2″
– all sewing on the overlocker and hems with the coverstitch


I am definitely going to make this pattern again, I am super keen to try the other views, especially view C with the frill on the back. This is a nice quick gratifying make for those times when you don’t want to think about fit. Another good wardrobe filler and good for layering too. I declare this pattern a winner!

26 thoughts on “Surprise Top – M6566

  1. Love it! Did you see Handmade by Carolyn eliminated the Sandpoint top back shoulder strap & attached bra keepers instead to the inside shoulders? That would hold the top in place without a big visual change. Just an idea!

      1. Rather like my unblogged drop-waist dress I showed you in Brisbane… it had a ‘hello’ moment as I walked out the work door at lunchtime… and there was a group of bikers outside as they were visiting town for a prominent biker funeral that day. Oh dear!

  2. Looks fab and shame it’s so low backed. How about instead of attaching a piece between the shoulders, adding a piece at the same level as you vest undercuts, sewing it into the back princess seams?
    If you were in England that extra layer underneath would be welcomed as it’s not so warm over here at the minute!

    1. It might not be so low backed if I was taller!
      I did consider a modesty panel, and would think about it for next time although I don’t think it would keep it on my shoulders

  3. So glad you declared this a winner, as I have the pattern as well. However, I’m a bit worried, as I have quite narrow shoulders, so the back detail make not be the best for me.

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