Thursday, February 13, 2014

McCall 6796

Well, I received a text message this morning letting me know I had a snow day from work today due to this.

I'm happy about it because I'm trying to recover from a nasty sinus infection that has now moved to my upper chest area.  I feel like crap but at least I have some pretty good drugs. 

I purchased McCall 6796 when it came out at the end of summer.

I love anything turtleneck or cowl neck, and thought this would be a nice addition to my wardrobe.  I didn't make it right away because I wanted to make the right fabric choice.  The pattern calls for Jersey, Cotton Knit or sweater knit, but in reading some of the reviews on Pattern Review I noticed that in making fabric choices for this pattern, I wanted to stay away from the more thinner knits because the collar looks a little flimsy.  I decided to use a cream and burgundy speckled ribbed sweater knit that I purchased from London Textiles over the summer. 

I only had a little over a yard of fabric to work with so I had to get creative.  The sweater and the collar are cut on the grain, but the sleeves are cut against the grain because I didn't have enough fabric.  They are also short sleeved.

Since I went against the stretch for the sleeve, I had to make sure I had enough arm room for movement in the sleeve so I cut it a little big.  As an added detail, I added pleats in the upper sleeve and I thought it was a nice added design feature.

My review of this sweater is below.

Pattern Description:

Close-fitting, pullover tops have collar variations and narrow hem. C and D: button trim.  I made View C.

Pattern Sizing:

(6-8-10-12-14), (14-16-18-20-22)  I sew size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes it did. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The directions were very easy to follow.  As long as you use the right fabric with this project, the finished garment should be what you are expecting.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There are no dislikes at all.  If you are looking for a change to your turtleneck or cowl neck collection, this is it.  I am a big fan of turtlenecks and cowl neck sweaters.  This is a welcome addition.

Fabric Used:

A ribbed sweater knit I picked up at London Textiles in Cherry Hill, NJ during the summer.  I think it's Donna Karen. but not sure.  I know it's a designer knit.  The buttons used are ones that I had in my stash that I purchased from Jomar a few years ago.  I only had three of these buttons left which was perfect as I only needed three buttons for this project.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I didn't have enough fabric to cut out all the pieces right so the sleeves were cut against the 1-way stretch, or as they say, against the grain.  When I did that, I cut the sleeves a little wider to insure that I had enough arm room. I also made the sleeve cap a little wider.  This enabled me to add a little detail to the sleeve and I added two pleats at the sleeve cap area.  This changed the look up a little, and I was able to jazz the sleeve up a little.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Yes, but not too many of them as the top is very distinctive.  I would highly recommend this top to others. 

                                ( I have a new photographer at work.  I'm still working out the kinks.)


I love how this top came out.  I'd like another one long sleeved though.  If you don't have this one and you like turtlenecks, you need to add this one to your collection.

Oh, I wanted to share with you one of my new likes.  Instead of a candy bar I just started eating these. 

They are a nice alternative and you still get your chocolate fix.  Have a good one.  If you're in weather like mine, please stay safe and warm.


Lori said...

That is a great top, I have that pattern and after seeing yours, will make it soon.

Andrea said...

Thanks Lori. I enjoyed making this one.

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

Aren't you just too through with this winter!?! It's raining now before it turns back to snow in a couple of hours...then 2-3 more inches on Saturday. Ugggghhhh!

I like your new top! Definitely make this again!!!

Bootzey said...

It is super cute.

I'm sick of this weather too and I live in Atlanta!

Andrea said...

Ain't that the truth.

Faye Lewis said...

Very nice Andrea. That pattern has been on my inspiration board for months now.

Lena Merrin said...

It looks great Andrea! And what a good opportunity to sneak in more sewing :)

Sheila said...

I will put it back on my to sew list after having issues with a too thin knit. It definitely requires a stable knit to avoid a droopy collar.

RhondaBuss said...

Your sweater looks great. Love the collar.

Juliane said...

Great top! I need a couple of those in my closet, too. said...

Looks great on you.


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