2/9/14

Mccall 6844

McCall 6844 is the latest cardigan craze this season and after the awesome PR reviews knew I had to have one.  M6844 is a close fitting cardigan that does not meet at center front, has an extended front band for the collar and two peplum variations and designed for stretch knits.



I chose size Y which is the XS - Medium. After reading that the pattern runs large I figured the medium was my best bet.  However, after purchasing, cutting the medium, tissue fitting and ignoring the finished bust measurement (36-1/2), it was clear that it would not be too big for me.

To ensure bust room, center front meets and wearing ease, I did a 3/4" fba, round shoulder adjustment and sewed 3/8" seams.

Used a sweater knit fleece from Fulton Fabrics in a pale sky blue w/ indgo shades. Cut Version C bodice and Version D peplum, also shortened the back peplum.  I traced the back peplum and placed the front peplum upon it and shortened it according to the front peplum length.



For the collar band the instructions direct that you cut 4 pieces, but after cutting the first two and measuring the width of it, realized I did not want a bulky wide collar band.  Like the other reviewers of PR I omitted interfacing the collar band.

The instruction are straight forward and easy to follow.  However, I did things a lil different. After stay stitching the front & back neckline and before sewing the front & back shoulder seams, the back peplum was serged to the bodice back, and repeated same for the front peplum pieces.  Proceeded on with serging the front & back at the shoulder seams and side seams. Feeling that the lower back of the jacket had to much ease, I made a casing using the fashion fabric and a zig zag stitch, then inserted a 1/2" non-roll elastic and adjusted for a closer fit. For closures, I used two hook & eyes.  For the next version I will just add elastic to the back.



For the collar band, I folded it in half and pinned along the neckline and front of the cardigan.  Thereafter, serged and stitched down the seam allowance.


Thankfully this fabric had no fraying issues and left the hem line raw, but did a 1/8" edge stitch along the entire bottom.


Again the PR reviewers noted that the sleeves are narrow and that was a plus for me, in that I normally have to reduce the circumference of sleeves. So no modifications were needed there, basted in sleeves, then serged and folded hem allowance and stitched.


I can't recall sewing sweater knit fleece prior to this garment, but what I can say is I didn't have to worry about fleece fuzz speckled everywhere.  I wore it last week and it was perfect for last Tuesday's messy weather and cold temps.  With all the snow that was dumped on us, I trekked in with my snow boots and then swapped those out for heels once I was in the office.  Perfect outfit.





I wore an old walmart tank top under it because it's snuggly warm and paired perfectly with old slacks from the loft.




I am singing the same lyrics as others that have made this cardigan... It's easy, quick, trendy , great for beginner, can be dressed up or down and will be making another one.

Until then... have a Beautiful Week.

40 comments:

RhondaBuss said...

Beautiful fabric and what a great style!

Levone said...

I love your version! I've made two and while I like them, I don't care for the extreme dip of the peplum in the back. Yours is exactly what I was wanting for my future versions. Thanks for sharing your changes!

Andrea said...

I love this on you and the fabric is lovely. It looks very warm.

Faye Lewis said...

Great cardigan Sheila and it looks fantastic on you.

Dk's Wife said...

It is beautiful!! Lovely cardi.

Myra said...

This is such a beautiful cardi! I can't wait to own one myself! Your fabric is so luscious Sheila!

alethia said...

You did an awesome job. The fabric looks soft & cozy.

c-ing said...

Plush and cuddly looking. I like the blue. It adds just a spark of color during these winter months.

garnet128 said...

So very flattering on you and the color is really pretty.

Brenda said...

Sheila, this cardigan makes me feel cozy. Beautiful fabric and such a great fit! Hooks and eyes, clever!!! Looking great!

Roberta said...

Beautiful! Looks great on you!

Patty said...

This came out so cute, Sheila! Perfect fabric choice, I may have to give this one a try :-)

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Fantastic new cardigan!

velosewer said...

This is such a cool cardi Sheila. Awesome really.

Dorothy DotDot said...

Your cardigan is very cute!

Sheila said...

Thank you Rhonda.

Sheila said...

Thank you Rhonda.

Sheila said...

Thank you Levone, I thought the extreme dip would be too much for me too.

Sheila said...

Thanks Andrea, it is very warm and wearing anything other than a tank top would've caused me to combust.

Sheila said...

Thanks Faye.

Sheila said...

Thank you Dk's Wife.

Sheila said...

Thanks Myra and looking forward to yours.

Sheila said...

Thanks Alethia, I have that fabric in winter white also and looking forward to making another one.

Sheila said...

Thanks Syl and agree it definitely adds a spark of color to my wardrobe.

Sheila said...

Thank you Garnet128.

Sheila said...

Thanks Brenda. I love using hook & eyes, as well as snaps for closures.

Sheila said...

Thank you Roberta.

Sheila said...

Thanks Patty and definitely give it a try.

Sheila said...

Thanks Carolyn. This style adds a lil diversity to wardrobe.

Sheila said...

Thank you Maria.

Sheila said...

Thank you Ms. Dorothy.

Nakisha said...

How did I miss this?! Gorgeous cardigan Sheila! Fits you perfectly!

Sheila said...

Thank you Nakisha.

Pam said...

Love this cardigan and the color looks great on you!

Sheila said...

Thanks Pam.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I might need one of these if it's quick!

RatRace said...

This is absolutely one of my favorite versions seen of this pattern. The fabric chosen is just right and the color takes it up a notch. Well done. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Thank you Sister. Yes it is a quick sew.

Sheila said...

Thank you RatRace.

Myra said...

I love this too Sheila! I'm jumping on the bandwagon right now, I can't wait any longer to have one of these great cardigans!