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McCall’s 7476

October 1, 2017

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When I went on the Pattern Review Weekend 2017, I got to visit Elliot Berman Textiles. Holy, moly that place has GORGEOUS fabrics. They have a whole section of beautiful wool knits. I could have stayed there for hours and hours. When I was there in May, I saw the beautiful black, grey, white, and fuschia fabric that you see above. I wanted that fabric so badly, but I didn’t buy it because I was trying to pace myself and I was on a budget and bla bla bla. Bottom line–I didn’t buy it and I regretted it. Let that be a lesson to everyone–buy the fabric. Life is short. We should all buy the damn fabric.

A couple months later I was sitting in pajamas and wandering around Fabric.com, and low and behold, there was my fabric and it was on sale!!!! I honestly still think I may have hallucinated all of this (because honestly if I did hallucinate, I think it would be about fabric), but apparently I ordered it at a super sale price and then Fabric.com sent it to me.

Since it arrived, I’ve been trying to figure out what I was going to make. I’ve gone back and forth, but I kept coming back to a long cardigan. So this weekend I decided upon McCall’s 7476. I can’t believe that I didn’t make a muslin. I probably should have, but I just wanted to get to it. I made up  for the lack of muslin by studying all of the M7476 reviews on Pattern Review. Thank god for Pattern Review.

Since the fabric is so bulky, I cut size medium. I also went with View E–the full length version. I was shooting for an oversized, long cardigan. I omitted the patch pockets and added cuffs because cuffs feel like a nicer finish to me.

When I finished, I had a super-long cardigan. It was kind of what I wanted, but not exactly.

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My husband said I looked like an emperor, and honestly, I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. I also wasn’t sure what I was going to do about the closure. It seemed like it needed a button or snap, but I wasn’t sure I wanted one. I wasn’t crazy about the way each front side came to point–where the button would go.  The emperor sweater also felt too big–I probably could have cut a size small and been ok. I wasn’t sure what to do, so I slept on it.

On Sunday morning, I was ready to make some changes. I started by removing the facing. I didn’t like the facing–it felt somewhat unfinished to me. I then cut about 10 inches off the length.Then I scooped out the underarms and took the sides in about an inch on each side.

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Then I decided to curve the opening where it met the hem–I used a cereal bowl as a guide. IMGP6260

Then, instead of adding a facing to finish the opening, I decided to add a long band a la the Jalie Cocoon Cardigan. I cut two very long strips that were five inches wide. I sewed them together and created the band which I then sewed onto the cardigan. I serged this seam, pressed it away from the opening, and topstitched on the sweater side of the seam.

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Truth be told, I’m kind of digging this remix. I don’t feel like an emperor anymore and that’s a good think. I think the long cardigan shows off this cool fabric without getting too costumey.

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I’m experimenting with adding video to the review–I’m not sure if this adds anything, but here’s a video clip:

I’ve also been trying to take my photos up to the next level–I really never know how to pose. Whenever Coca Rocha poses, she seems like she’s in motion. Her poses are so dynamic. I thought I should try to add a little movement to my photos. I’m not sure that these help show off the garment, but they do make me laugh.

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Clearly, I am a natural. Coco Rocha, watch out!

 

 

From → Stuff I Made

2 Comments
  1. I’m really digging your remixed cardigan! And I’m with you…always buy the fabric!

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