This is McCalls M7878. I cut View A, Size large. I bought this pattern during a pattern haul last year and could not wait to just dig in. It has taken ame a minute to get it, but I finally had a go of it. You can easily see what a great piece this is just by looking at the front of the pattern. The girl is killing it in the black!
I used a knit fabric I bought from Walmart for $8.00. I already knew the fabric would be really good for something flowy and cute, and lucky for me, they also had a 4 yard piece in a rich red. I can’t wait to make something from that. If you are not already checking Wal-Mart’s fabric department for clearance fabric, start checking it out. The most you will pay is $8.00 for a 4 yard piece. Sometimes you can get a 4 yard piece for four dollars.
This pattern is very easy and it comes together pretty quickly. The most difficult part for me was finding a place to cut my fabric because the front and back pieces of A were so large. I ended up cutting it on the floor. My table was not big enough. You get two lengths to choose from with the pattern and 2 collar variations. Three variations if you count the fur option as one of them. The pattern recommends knit fabric.
I did make some changes. When I added interfacing to the facing for the front and neck area, it was entirely stiff. I hated the way it looked. So, I took the facing off, and replaced it with just a 5 inch strip, folded over, pressed and stitched along the length of the front of the jacket. It was much better than the interfaced pieces. I believe the fabric was too light and too stretchy for interfacing. Also, because I had to make this adjustment, I did not have enough fabric left to make a belt. So I had to forego that part. But that’s okay, because I have plenty of belts I can match up with this.
I felt magnificent when I wore my wrap coat. I really like that it can also be worn as a dress. Once you add a belt to it, it is a wrap dress. Hands down. I love the length, and the flow of the fabric was just butter. I couldn’t be happier.
The only change I would make next time is that if I serge the inside seams, I will use a thread that matches the fabric. I did not do that on this piece, but I wish I had. It would have looked better in the inside, and because I wore it open, sometimes you could see the serging.
I definitely have to make this again. It is so perfect. For a light duster, a heavier coat, or a wrap dress. Just versatile. I love it, and if you choose to make it, you will love it too. I can’t wait to do an encore.
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