All winter long I was very excited about McCall's 7057. The only problem was that I was in love with the envelope cover's fabric. I really wanted to find a fabric that matched the cover to make my jacket/ sweater out of and that search went a little long.
Fabricmart. My local stores had nothing comparable to match it and I don't know if it was fate or just luck, but I was happy to see my fabric.
So,,,,, guess what I did.? I ordered 2 1/2yds without thinking or looking at the instructions (3 1/8 yds). I just dove right in and let my excitement take over. Needless to say that once I got ready to make the jacket, I was trying to figure out how to make it all fit without the extra yard. I went back to the site, there wasn't any more. I was crushed. I still didn't let that get me down because I kept thinking that if I could find enough yardage in another color, I would use that. Wow, what a nightmare that was. I looked almost everywhere and I still couldn't find anything like it. I thanked my lucky stars when I took one last look back at Fabricmart and there it was. A few more yards on sale and I quickly snatched up my other yard. LOL. Whew, That was a really close call. I can laugh now, but it was not funny to me at the time.
Here is a look at my little lamby jacket.
Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, unlined vest and jackets have front extending into hood or collar, and side front seams.
Pattern Sizing: XS-Med
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that this pattern was easy with very few pieces to assemble.
Fabric Used: Poly/Lycra Curly Knit.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations to the jacket itself, but I felt that it needed belt loops for the belt. I used the same fabric as the main to make my loops. I measured 12" long by 1" wide. Sewed the seams, turned the tube, cut it in half, then attached 1 to each sideseam on the outside instead of within the sideseam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, but with a different fabric. This one was so much fun (red fuzz everywhere). I do recommend this pattern to anyone who is looking for a quick sweater or jacket. It's all in what you make it from.
Conclusion: I like this pattern because the options are limitless so far wise as fabric. I really wanted a jacket like the cover example and I found it hard to find the fabric, but in the end, it was all worth it.
Since my fabric did not appear to be heavy, I was expecting a lightweight jacket, but this fabric, once my project was completed, weighs a ton. This is a "Real" jacket and it's not even lined. If it was lined I think it would be even heavier. The feel of the acrylic is so soft. It makes me feel as if I am wearing my own heard of lambs. I love my fabric choice and will definitely consider lining my next one.
I made my jacket from the size Medium. I read other reviews where some of the sewers were having problems with the sizing. I looked at the pieces before I got started and everything measured up to my exact size, so I didn't have to do anything to get it to fit me. It was because of the other reviews that I actually resized the pattern (to a small) with a muslin and found that the new size was way to small for me. My suggestion would be to test with a knit muslin before you start. That way you will be able to see where you will need to grade.
I recommend this pattern to beginners most of all who really want to make something in the coat/ jacket area. This pattern has big pieces, but it sews very quickly. All of the seams are quit easy and it didn't have any tricky stitching whatsoever. I see this pattern as a staple for jackets. The options range from vest, to jacket, to hood, or no hood can be endless. But, the one option that I also see is that it can be taken down a few more inches and made into a duster. This is something that I will look into to verify my theory because I think that might would take a full 4.5 yds.
Thank you for joining me today and until next post...
Lots of Love