Tuesday, November 22, 2011
McCall's 6400 - Easiest Knit Top Fall 2011 (with Simplicity 2315)
Mc Calls 6400
This is the easiest knit top of the Fall season. Now, I wonder what took me so long to make it up. It's been on the short list since I purchased the pattern in September. The description is as simple as it is to make: Misses' tops: close fitting. That it.
It took me only an hour to make. It comes in two size combinations. I used Y size M adding a little width across the bust area. No other alterations made.
I think my version looks as it was intended, view C. The instructions were super easy. Making this top is akin to sewing the ever popular Vogue 1250 drape neck dress. I finished the neckline by adding a band. This was pretty simple to do. Cut a stripe of fabric about a inch shorter than the circumference of the neck and 1 1/2" wide. Join the ends to create a circle. fold it in half along the raw edges; Divide the band and the neck into four sections; then attach the band putting the band seam at the center back. Trim seam allowance; then fold the band to the inside and stitch in place. This creates a nicer finish.
The neckline; you can drape it over to the side to expose a shoulder.
The cut of the top and how it drapes across the waist and hip. It has a slimming affect that we all can appreciate.
It's easy to sew. There are only two pieces. The front is also the back.
No dislikes for me.
The fabric is from my stash. I purchased it from Ann's Gorgeous Fabrics online store about three years ago. Beautiful fabric that was easy to work with. She has some great fun and funky knits that would be perfect for this top. I've already pick a few to buy for more tops.
This is a good one to try. It's easy and stylish; great for beginners.
The pants I wearing were made using Simplicity 2315. Another pretty easy pattern to sew. The pants are described as slim pants. My pants aren't as close fitting as the pants on the model. But that's good for me. If you want them to be skin tight, you'll have to reduce the width of the pant leg on the outer and inner leg. I made view E without the waist tabs. I wanted to be able to wear my tops outside the pants.
This pattern comes in sizes 6- 22; I used 14 with my usual modifications: lengthen the pant leg by 4 inches, adjust the crotch length and curve. I also add a front zipper fly. I don't like back zippers. This is an easy change to make. I simply follow the instructions given in M5818.
The fabric that I used is from Vogue on Roosevelt. It's a wonderful stretch woven that is soft to the touch on the right side, but on the wrong side it has the look and feel of denim. Perfect for me and very comfortable.
This pattern is perfect for a pair of slim jean like pants that attractive and comfortable. The contour waistband is the best. I do plan to make a few more of these pants. They are perfect for the Chicago snowy winter; boot ready. You don't have to fold over and tuck them. They are already very close to your leg.
No dislikes except the back zipper.
I recommend this pattern to all level sewists. I think I may make View C, skirt as well.