Tuesday, August 21, 2012

McCall's 6329 - Finished Jackets and Final Words

The final post on fitting and sewing McCall's 6329. My DD is happy to have two new suits (skirts Simplicity 1919). Most of the information on the process was documented:

McCall's 6329 - Tissue Fitting the Pattern
McCall's 6329 - Altering the Pattern
McCall's 6329 - Working with the Clothe

Pattern Description: MISSES'/WOMEN'S LINED JACKETS: Close-fitting with snap closure. A: Tie can be tied in front or back. B: Side front seam pockets

Pattern Sizing: 8 to 24W; I used size 10 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.  There were some changes made for fit and preference.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Nothing difficult or confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? These jacket were for DD.  I selected this pattern because I thought it would be an acceptable jacket for her work gear.  She likes the style and cut of the jacket.  No dislikes reported by her.

Now, for my likes and dislikes:
- It's Palmer/Pletsch, which makes it easy to alter.  Lines are drawn on the pattern already.
- Style - The tie (view A) is my favorite.
- Pretty easy to make.
- Position of the pockets.  This has happened with other commercial patterns.  The pocket is too close to the hem and tends to create bulk at the hemline.  
- I had a slight problem with getting the sleeve cap smooth.  I set the twice, still not able to get the smooth look I like.  

Fabric Used:  Woolens bought while in Oregon.  Lining  is from stash, leftover projects.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  There were multiple changes related to fit.  See previous posts.  I also made a few during the process of sewing the jackets together.
- The entire shell of the jacket was interfaced.
- Added sleeve heads to the black jacket and used raglan shoulder pads for the brown jacket.
- Two waist darts instead of one.
- Understitched the front up to the the turn of the lapel and along the back facing between the shoulder seams.
- Adjusted the length of the pocket to reduce bulk.

Fitting: The fitting method used is based off the Palmer/Pletsch fitting method.  All documented in the three previous posts as indicated above. 
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Only if DD wants more jackets made using this pattern.  But I do recommend it to others. 

Conclusion:   This pattern has great bones and a good one to practice the Palmer/Pletsch fitting technique.  My DD is more pleased than I am with the results.  She says the jackets fit well and look good.

The skirts were made using Simplicity 1919.  That's another review.  You can view the entire process in pictures on Flickr.

Parting Videos: Tip on machine pad stitching on the jacket lapel. I'm planning to try this.

Happy Sewing! C


  1. The jackets look great on her. They certainly fit better than anything she could buy. She's lucky to have you to make her work wardrobe; buying anything of this quality would certainly be costly.
    BTW I can't see the video you posted.

  2. The jacket looks and fits great. Wonderful job.

  3. Nancy K - The video is there. Try refreshing or reloading the page.

  4. What a great outcome you have acheived. Your daughter is lucky to have a suit that looks professional and is well fitted.

  5. I purchased the jacket pattern to make a couple of light weight jackets for the spring and summer. I really like the pattern and your DD jackets look really nice. I know I have to make a few adjustments but your results are very encouraging. Your DD reminds me of my oldest DD, she always wanted me to make her clothing and still does now but we live in different states. What a break! LOL!

  6. Great job Cennetta. She looks very professional. Why is setting sleeves often so hard to get right?

  7. Looks great Cennetta! Your DD is so lucky!
    Michelle from the PP workshop!

  8. Oh, the lovely Miss DD. How wonderful to have her to sew for;) She looks wonderful MOM!!!

  9. Beautiful fit and she looks darling.

  10. Fantastic jackets and that skirt with the kick pleat/ruffle is so cute.

  11. Hi Cennetta - I have a colleague who would like to hire someone to make her a formal dress. Would you be interested in this? If so I can pass along her cell #. If you want you can either private message me on FB or send me an email (robinmcpa@me.com) and I will connect you.

  12. You did a fantastic job and clearly your daughter loves the garments.

  13. DD has a great mom!! Awesome work and you should be so proud...she look great in each piece!

  14. What fabulous suits! Your daughter is lucky indeed.

  15. Fabulous jackets, I really love the tie front detail.

  16. The jacket looks great! Fantastic job.... Fantastic Mom!!!

  17. Your daughter looks very professional. It is a design that looks elegant and at the same time has a nice softness.

  18. This jacket is sooooo beautiful...



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