McCall's M7249; or, my Pac-Man top brings all the geeks to the yard

Does it date me to make a reference to that song? I hope not! Either way, this whole thing started several years ago when I visited the LA Garment District. If you ever have a chance to go, seriously do. I was able to pick up all kinds of funky fabric including this Pac-Man print 2-way knit that has been sitting in my stash for about... I guess 5 or 6 years now. Luckily for me, geek chic has been creeping into fashion lately:

Nicholas Kirkwood Pac-Man Heels

Nicholas Kirkwood Pac-Man Heels

Loewe XL Puzzle Purse with anime print

Loewe XL Puzzle Purse with anime print

Loewe men's shirt with manga print

Loewe men's shirt with manga print

Given how much geek-chic clothing I've seen popping up in the fashion magazines lately, it only seemed like the appropriate time to use my Pac-Man fabric. I decided to use McCall's pattern M7249 to make a fun top that would be perfect for adventures to Fun Spot (the World's Largest Arcade, per the Guinness World Records, which happens to be a mere 45 minutes from where I live!).

I feel like I should quickly mention that I really don't care for sewing with knits. I don't know what it is, but I never feel like I'm doing it correctly- give me a nice structured woven garment pretty much any day.

I decided to add a lining to the back to make the top feel a little more substantial and help hide any back fat problems I might have.

Look at how nicely I finished it at the shoulders, awe yeah!

Look at how nicely I finished it at the shoulders, awe yeah!

I did stretch the hem out a little while sewing it- it's very obvious on the dressform but not obvious when it's on the body since my dressform is smaller than I am.

You can also see where the neckline turns out... not sure if this is the fabric, my sewing, the pattern, or a combination of all the above. Either way, it's not that obvious when on the body.

Overall, I'm not sure if I'll go out of my way to sew this pattern again, just because I don't like the final product around the center front drape intersection and I feel like there must be some other true crossover top that I'll like more.

Top: McCall's M7249 // Jeans & Necklace: White House Black Market // Shoes: Faded Glory