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Pattern Review – McCall’s M6844

When I saw this pattern I really liked it.  I loved the cardigan (C) that is lower in the back so you don’t get a breeze up your back when you bend over and the flounce adds a girlie detail.

SKILL LEVEL: It states on the front of the pattern “easy” and I agree (depending on what cardigan you choose).  If you do A or B sewing will be quite fast and easy easy, D adds some more sewing for the flounce and C cardigan has the bottom curved edge that is quite tedious to hem but it’s a good thing to learn.  There aren’t many pieces so cutting out is easy.

THINGS TO KNOW: This pattern is meant for medium-moderate stretch knits and the design is meant as a close-fitting cardigan.

TIPS: If you’re into the ‘raw edge’ look of having unfinished edges you could leave the bottom hem and sleeves raw and that would save you a LOT of time from hemming.  Stretch knits can be awkward to work and sew with, take your time and be patient!

WHAT I DID DIFFERENTLY: The pattern has you put fusible interfacing in the collar and I recommend NOT doing it. After I basted the collar to the cardigan and tried it on it looked really bad and felt too stiff for a knit cardigan.  It was a lot of extra time and work to take it out but it was worth it in the end!  I made the sleeves 1″ longer because I like them to go past my wrists.

I’m happy with how it turned out!  I used a thick knit sheet so it cost me only $3 to make plus $1 for the pattern.  Now I have something warm to wear with jeans or a skirt instead of an unflattering jacket!

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