I sewed McCalls 7441 back in May when I was at Sewjourn. One of the benefits of sewing garments when I’m away with a group of friends is to see how those garments look on people who are ostensibly of a similar size but are different heights and shapes.
I am 158cm tall, with a thick torso. Rachel is 175cm tall, with more of an hourglass shape.
The main attraction of this cardigan/jacket is the statement back.
And on Rachel:
The fabric is a soft, slightly marled acrylic knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and the colour is rather vibrant in natural light. It was incredibly easy to sew. There are only three main pattern pieces. I sewed the centre back seam (at the top of the back piece, where the cowl forms) the sleeve seams and the side seams on the sewing machine, but set in the sleeves with the overlocker. Using the machine meant that I had less bulk when it came to turning a hem around the edges of the jacket.
I turned the hem to the inside about a centimetre then zig-zagged it in place. The stitches really sink in to the fabric, and the edge of the zig zag is right on the edge of the seam allowance. It all worked nicely. The sleeve hems were turned about an inch before zig-zagging in place.
I sewed a fishing sinker as a weight to the inside of the cowl point to keep it draping nicely. This is view C, the long version with tie front. I suspect that I sewed size Medium, but it could have been the Small. There is plenty of ease in this style.
From the McCalls website: Loose-fitting unlined jackets and vest have front opening variations, shaped narrow hems, and draped back. Wrong side of fabric will show. B: Hood and pockets.
I’m actually a little surprised that I haven’t seen this pattern sewn up more. It’s fast, it’s dramatic, and it’s fun. I might give one of the shorter versions a try!