Sunday, February 1, 2015

McCalls 6796

 This is my sewing project for January. I was not sure if I would like M6796, but once I made it, I really liked how it looked on me.

I am learning how to use the timer on my camera!! Hopefully, you won't mind the look of these pictures while I am learning.
I like the way the collar lays on my body. Now the color is a little boring, but I really wanted to sew this up. 

 Here is the back view. You can see how far the collar goes down the back. This fabric was a soft sweater knit I bought at JoAnns a couple of years ago. It is a very relaxed knit. Since the knit is soft, you can play with how the collar lays.
The sleeves are longer than 3/4 but not down to the wrist. 

All of my hems where completed with a twin needle. First I press my hems and put some Steam a Seam in the hems. Steam a Seam helps to stabilize the fabric. 
Also, I used my walking foot for all the hems. I feel that the walking foot kept the fabric from rippling while stitching with the twin needle.
The instructions are easy to understand. I did go with the recommendation of Gator Bunny to sew the collar to the wrong side of fabric neck edge. The collar seam is under the collar, but on the right side of the fabric. In the pictures below, you can see that I took about 5 or 6 hand stitches to bring the collar edges together so that you could not see the seam where the collar splits open. After I took those stitches, I tacked those stitches to the shoulder seam so that the collar would not flap around where it was split. There would be no chance to see the collar seam or have the collar shift.

I am planning to make this again. It is a quick project with great style. 

Up next is NL6230. I already have this top totally together except the hems. There are issues! The neck is very wide. I am going to be ripping a lot of seams so I can put darts in the sleeves. I hope this will help the neck problem. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.
Here is look at the fabrics I used for the New Look pattern. Both are knits, but the one is a white on white paisley design. The sleeves are soft light silver grey color.
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year holiday! If you are getting tons of snow, I hope you are enjoying it from your sewing room!! 
Have fun creating!!