New School Clothes: McCall’s 6886
Navy blue and kelly green. Is there any better color combination??? Seriously, is there?? I think I’m in a navy and green phase. I can’t get enough of it. Maybe it’s because I lived through the whole preppy trend during the 1980’s and navy blue and green were EVERYWHERE. In fact, I even had a pair of kelly green espadrilles back in the day–man, I wish I had kept them. Kelly green espadrilles would rock this make of McCall’s 6886.
I bought this navy and green stripe from Mood a few months ago. I bought it because I love stripes and knits and, of course, the colors were my thing. When it got to my house, I realized that I had scored and should have bought way more of this fabric. It’s a really great ponte knit, with 4 way stretch and an almost heavy weight. It is so, so good.
I had been sitting on McCall’s 6886 for a while and finally decided it was time. Although I usually cut a size 12, I got concerned that the 12 might be too clingy and so I cut a 14. As a point of reference, my hip measurement is 39 inches and the pattern envelope states that the “finished garment measurement” at the hips is 37.5 for size 12 and 39.5 for size 14. The 14 turned out to be too big. I ended up taking the side seams in one inch on both sides.
Other than the size issue, this pattern is a breeze. I deviated from the directions and sewed the sleeves in flat and then closed the side seams. I also added a neckband.
This is a really quick and fun make. It’s a total of 4 pattern pieces if you add a neck band. I used my serger and then coverstitched the hems, and I was able to cut, sew, and hem in about two hours time.
After I took all these pictures, I realized that my left sleeve was laying wonky. I had rolled it up to see if the sleeves needed to be shorter, and then evidently I neglected to fully unroll it, and this pictures make it look like a crazy hem. I probably should have taken some new pictures, but I am lazy and taking pictures is an ordeal!! So instead, I’ll post another shot to prove my sleeve hems aren’t wonky.