Monday, January 20, 2014

McCall's 6711 Garment a Month: January

January's sewing challenge was to try a new technique, and so I chose to sew this more constructed jacket pattern out of a soft sweater knit, using McCall's 6711.  Lori noted that this pattern ran large, and I should have taken her recommendations to heart. I did my usual FBA, made an adjustment for a broad back, and also added one inch to the jacket length. Adding the length was necessary, but the FBA and the back adjustment were not. The armscyce seam falls off my shoulder now, and I'll need to go back and take that in a little. In the future, I'll need to pay more attention to making the broad back adjustment without adding to the neck-to-sleeve width.










Even with the adjustments to the fit, I am happy with this jacket. The fabric is a very soft, double-sided sweater knit with minimal one-way stretch. I paid all of $1.50 for the 2 yards when I purchased this at an estate sale a few months ago.
 I used a soft interfacing at the 2 fronts, along with a narrow strip fused to the side and back hems. I left this jacket unlined to maintain the sweater-like feel.



Belting this jacket didn't work for me, not figure-flattering at all! I was much more comfortable wearing it open like a sweater. 


Now that I think I have the 'bugs' worked out of this jacket pattern, I plan to revisit it in a lined version sometime soon.

18 comments:

  1. This looks great on you, Patty. How about wearing the belt under the jacket. That would be Ella's suggestion.

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  2. Very nice. A great piece especially for this time of year when we're going from freezing cold to maybe warm, maybe not so warm indoors. Love that scarf with the jacket.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! I've worn this a couple of times already, it is a great layering piece for this COLD winter ;-)

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  3. Sharp, sharp! I love all the styling possibilities this gives you!

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    1. Thanks! I've only worn it to work so far, but I think it will also look good with jeans & a T-shirt.

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  4. Perfect garment for the season.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila! Even tho it is a little too big, it's an easy layering piece :-)

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  5. looks great! when I got back inot sewing after all these years I didn't take the time to measure I just sewed, making for some baggy outfits lol! I love the style of the jacket & it does look great on you!
    Helen

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    1. Thanks! It's actually been a fun and rewarding challenge figuring out the alterations I need for a better fit ;-)

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  6. Looks great very practical easy wear jacket .

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! I agree that it is a practical addition to my wardrobe.

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  7. Lovely casual jacket. The best thing of all is I have this pattern :) Is it possible that it ran large because you used a knit fabric?

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    1. Thanks, Valerie! I'll look forward to your version! If you read the reviewers comments on PatternReview most of them mention that it runs large, but my fabric choice may have played a part too ;-)

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  8. Great jacket. It looks great the way you styled it. The skirt looks cute!

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    1. Thanks, Dharma! I bought that skirt years ago and it gets a lot of wear. I like the cute little pleats & the ribbon trim....hey, I should make a knock-off for Spring LOL!

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    1. Thank you for the lovely compliment, Judy!

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  10. Hi Patty, this jacket has worked out well, and with the softness the slightly extended shoulder seem to "blend"- and at the moment, dropped armholes are back in, so I think you will get lots of wear out of this.

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