Friday, September 19, 2014

McCall's 6844: An Autumn Sweater


It's lightweight sweater season!  At least in the early morning and evening here in Baltimore in late Septermber.  Summer was pretty tame this year anyhow.  So I got on board and sewed up McCall's 6844 .  It's a wildly popular on the internetz with the sewing crowd.  I was REALLY unsure about it once it was done and I was down in my sewing hole in my basement at 11 PM last night, with it big ole fluffy butt ruffle in back.  In the light of day and after a solid morning of wearing it (hence the wrinkles and slight disheveled look of it in the photos here) I am loving it.


Aww geez... I did not look in the mirror before taking this pics, I am so annoyed with that rumply bit above my left boob.  I used a cotton/spandex knit that clings so nicely to the cotton t-shirt I'm wearing, but I sew normal, everyday clothes and this is what I look like if you when you  see me skipping down the street.  It was a MAJOR pain to cut evenly since it's such a very stretchy, crepe-like fabric.  But it's a crazy comfy light sweater.


I made View D in size Medium. The front lapel is not meant to close or touch but mine overlaps due to stretchiness of my material.  I lengthened both the sleeves and bodice by 1" (2.5 cm), this is a standard alteration for me since I'm 2" (5 cm) taller then what McCall's drafts for-- they draft their average height patterns for 5'6" (1.68 m) while I'm 5'8" (1.73 m).

  
I did not use any interfacing in the "band" piece... the lapel on front.  I did not want the stiffness that it would create.  Plus I am sure the super stretchy, bumpy crepe surface of the fabric wouldn't allow the iron on interfacing properly adhere.


But I did stabilize both the shoulder seams, back neck and lapel/band.  I cut my Pellon Easy-Knit Tape down the center to split it in half and then ironed on the proper length to each section on the seam.  Rather then staystitching (Step 3 in the directions), I used this stuff to stabilize that section of the lapel/band.  I used my serger for this project with the exception of the topstitching.


This lone sunflower is the last of my garden besides a tomato plant that is slowly dying.  Amazing what a matter of 4 weeks did to my crazy, lush garden.

September 19: Nothing but some bundled dry corn stalks
August 13: Jungle
This was a really simple pattern to sew.  It took me about 2.5 hours at the machine and going at a casual speed, too.  I've got a new version of McCall's 7026 cut and ready to sew.  This one will be a half zip with some stupid soft, amazing technical wicking fabric from New Balance. Plus I found a local resource for the quality YKK zippers I was looking for... that last version I used some nasty Coats & Clark one from JoAnn's.  If  you live in the Baltimore area, it is a MUST to go to Stadham Sewing.  These guys have are a local gem for sewing supplies, machine repair or to buy an industrial machine or twelve.  Renee did a great job blogging about them last year with lots of pics.

14 comments:

  1. I really like this cardi- I'm putting it on my patten wish list :)

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  2. Love this! what a cute pattern, it hadn't even crossed my radar. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. You're inspiring me all over the place today, Kathy! I love your 6844 and really need to make my third. I added ties to the waist of my second (between the neckband and front at waist) and love the ability to close 'er up, but I think I'll make one with ties sewn into the side seams instead.

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  4. I have to get this pattern. It is so cute on you, and in a great fall color. My garden looks like yours. One little pie pumpkin among lots of dead leaves. But I planted all my winter greens - lettuce, kale, etc. and they are starting to sprout.

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  5. This color is very pretty for you. :) I love seeing all the variations of this cardigan. Maybe one day I will attempt it for me. One day.

    Your "rumply" bit was non-existent until you mentioned it and then, aha!, I saw it. Stupid fabric! LOL. Just kidding, it's awesome, but I feel your pain since crap like that always happens when I am taking photos for the blog.

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  6. I love this version! The butt ruffle isn't bad, either. It is perfect for Fall.

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  7. Super cardi! It looks so comfy AND beautifully fitting AND stylish. Love the peplum and neckline.

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  8. Great color for the fall. You sewed this up waayy faster than I did. I actually took the time to be confused by the pattern instructions.

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  9. Love this cardi ! Every time I see a new version of this pattern, it reminds me that I have to get it.

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  10. You chose the perfect color for the cardigan. It suit you well. I need to dig that pattern out and make one as well.

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  11. Great fit, lovely color! And wow, nature's changes are amazing -- the before and after shots of your garden are such a contrast.

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  12. This looks great! I hadn't planned on making the ruffle butt version myself but after seeing yours I really like it and may give it a go!

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