Check Shirt Tunic – McCalls M7472


I am so excited to finally share my finished McCalls M7472 with you! For those of you who have been following along at home, I started it way back in April and it became my push to the back of the queue project. During my recent holidays I finally sat down to finish it as now is the perfect weather to be wearing it!

This long shirt tunic first caught my eye when I saw Rosy from Rosy Peña’s version last year. I thought it was such a cool comfortable looking top and would be perfect for layering over jeans, tights & skirts.

I purchased this gorgeous checked fabric from The Fabric Store when they were having a 30% off sale. It is my first purchase from them after admiring their fabrics for so long and I was really pleased with the quality & how quickly the package arrived. It is a shirting cotton so perfect for this project.

I knew I wanted to attempt some sort of pattern matching for this project especially for the front. Unfortunately I forgot to trace off the button placard when I cut everything else out so I couldn’t pattern match that, but I think it still works.

I cut a straight size 6, but ended up cutting off 9ish inches off of the front pieces and 5ish inches off of the back. I cut so much off because I found it was swamping me with the baggy nature of the tunic. I knew I wanted it to have the high-low hem look as I find this more flattering on my short frame.

The instructions were easy to follow – I think having made a few shirts now I am understanding the process a lot more. I am really pleased with the collar on this shirt – the more I do the better I get!

I love that you can have the sleeves long or up with the tab. I think this will make it a great transition piece.

I would love to make some solid colour versions as I think they would make great layering pieces!

This pattern was also part of my 2017 Make Nine – another one ticked off! Head on over to this post to see what else is on my list.

Watch out for my July Makes video on Sunday where I will be sharing what else I have made this month.




  1. July 28, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Good job getting it done! Really like the finished piece, looks very comfortable yet stylish. Especially love the raglan sleeve!

    Can I also say that I enjoy your updates on Insta stories? I like the insight it gives to the making process, keep them coming!

    • jessicalorraine
      July 29, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thank you so much Hilde! So happy to have it finished. It is a super comfortable top & yes I agree the Raglan sleeves are lovely!

      Oh I am so glad you enjoy the Insta updates! I love watching people give their sewing updates so glad other people enjoy it as well xx

  2. July 29, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    That looks great! Sooo, easy instructions meaning it is not that difficult to make?

    • jessicalorraine
      July 30, 2017 / 12:39 pm

      Thank you very much! Actually quite easy although I have made 4 – 5 different shirts before this. I would say the only ‘hard’ but would be the collar if you have never sewn a collar stand before although there are some fantastic YouTube tutorials on how to do this x

  3. July 29, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Wonderful perseverance! I’m so glad you finished it as it’s gorgeous! It looks amazing, the fabric is so perfect for the style.

    • jessicalorraine
      July 30, 2017 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you! I am so happy I kept going. I agree I love the plaid fabric for this shirt! x

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