|McCall's: 6468 (Misses' Unlined Vest and Jackets) - Type:Coat/Jacket|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
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|Fabric:||Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Misses' unlined vest and jackets. I made view D.|
Pattern Sizing: XL-XXL , This also comes in XS-M
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I was pleasantly surprised. While I was working on it, I was sure it wasn't going to look like the picture at all, but it all came together.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. However, there was a circle near the bottom that I marked but was unable to find any reference to in the directions. The directions for Views D and E were the same except that E was longer but they never referred to the circle. I wasn't sure if I had enough fabric and was uneasy about the way the pattern was laid out. The fabric was opened up into one layer and the side front pattern was placed wrong side up. Then the back pattern was placed wrong up and cut out and then flipped on the fold. Then the side front pattern was placed right side up. It's good that I was hesitant because my fabric was cut so that it was about 5 inches shorter at one selvage.
I would recommend that you fold the fabric in half crosswise and then lay your pieces down on the double thickness. I had the back pinned on the fold and had to unpin and refold because of the crooked cut. I ended up with the top corner of the pattern right on the edge on one layer and both pieces abutting with absolutely no clearance. If my pattern had required even one quarter inch more, I would have had to cut off a little of it. I would not have found out until it was too late if I'd followed their layout.
I did not rate this pattern as easy even though the McCalls did because of the narrow hem. My fabric was a burnout and had a design layer on top of the sheer part that had a lot of rough edges. When I turned the hem, they stuck out and looked like the hem was not even. The finished product looked fine. This type of narrow hem is not a procedure that very many beginners would be able to complete successfully. I would recommend a rolled hem on a serger -- just not mine. I serged everything without a problem until I was finishing up the last two seams and then it decided to pull away from the fabric so I just did a tiny zigzag next to the stitching line. I would image a different fabric might be easier. However, one of the recommended fabrics was chiffon, not an easy fabric for beginners.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like the finished project. The jacket feels so flowy and looks great. It does not look big and bulky like I thought it would from the picture. The only reason I made it from this fabric was because I was looking through a tub and came across it and knew it had been in my stash for at least 7-8 years. I think there is another one somewhere in greens.
Fabric Used: A sheer polyester burnout type fabric with lots of raw edges on the design.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I actually might. I was contemplating doing another one for the stash contest but decided three hours was more than I wanted to spend, especially on a polyester charmeuse, which would have been my next project. Maybe some other time. I would recommend it as a unique kind of jacket.
Conclusion: Loved the finished jacket. I plan to make a black dress to wear under it.
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