Sunday, September 8, 2013

McCall's 5937 Jacket/Cardigan (Item 1 for the PR Mini Wardrobe Contest)

I hadn't planned to enter the Pattern Review Mini Wardrobe Contest this year but it occurred to me that I was in the process of making a few coordinating garments from a light brown ponte knit I bought recently at Fabricville. They are transition pieces and can be worn together or with other items from my closet. So I thought,"Why not?"

The contest requires four pieces that will produce four different outfits.
I  easily cut out and finished three of four pieces in just the first week of the contest. My pieces this year are not as work intensive as last year's.

The main piece is a jacket/cardi made using McCall's 5937


Since this was a jacket pattern that was suppose to be lined  and the recommended fabric was a woven, I cut out a size 10 instead of my regular 12 so it would be more of a cardigan.

 Other changes made are as follows:

I cut off about about three inches from the length of the collar .

I omitted the back center seam.

I left out the collar and front facings. That meant the wrong side and the edge seams would show. I decided to use a decorative variegated thread to finish the seams and this is what I ended up with. Kinda cool, don't you think?

The collar looks equally well worn in a waterfall or this way with the jacket belted.

I paired the jacket with a sleeveless draped neck top in a brown and black zebra cotton jersey.


The pattern is  Butterick 3968, also OOP.

Not too much to say about this one . It is true to size but the armscye is too low in the sleeveless version. I forgot to check and ended up struggling to fix the problem. I ended up using clear elastic sewn to the seam from front notch to back notch. This helped just enough to make it wearable.

(I'm not sure this top will make it to the contest. I have another fabric to match the other pieces I may use.)

The third piece is a pair of wide legged pants using my favourite Silhouette Pattern's Three piece Yoga Pant which I altered as explained here on my other blog.

I love the flow and drape of these pants. I can't praise them enough in this ponte knit.

I'm called to Jury Duty tomorrow and I think this outfit will be appropriate don't you?

I think I'll wear my animal print flats and this new bag to complete the look. What do you think?

I hope you got to sew in your spare time this week cause if you're like me ,you live to sew!

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Vicki said...

Looking good. The jacket is very versatile.

bluenines said...

looks great and I like the color. will be great for jury duty, nice and comfortable

Towanda said...

Looks great, I love the jacket

Anonymous said...

Beautiful outfit! I haven't considered ponte knits but seeing your outfit now makes me think I should. You look so comfortable and elegant.

Faye Lewis said...

Striking outfit Diana. You look so professional.

Sharon said...

Love this outfit and you will be so comfortable.

SarahLizSewStyle said...

A very elegant outfit indeed

Linda T said...

That outfit would be much too dressy for jury duty in my county! lol Love the varigated thread treatment on the jacket finish.

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Vernelle Nelson said...

You did a great job with that jacket. The way you altered it to suit your specific needs and taste is a stroke of pure genius. Love your creativity.