Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Simplicity 2594-A and McCall 6404-C - In Review

It's great to be sewing and reviewing again. Over the holiday weekend, I was able to make a few pieces. These days I'm beefing up my weekend casual wear. This outfit is a combination of one of my favorite knit tops (Simplicity 2594-A) and McCall's 6404 leggings.


I had hoped to make view F of Simplicity 2594, but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Anyway.., Today I'm semi-reviewing another version of S2594-A. There are no specific changes. I pretty made it the same as the first time around. If you need a make a FBA, here are some helpful tips for doing so. The fabric used is from Vogue Fabrics on Roosevelt Road. It was originally slated for a simple knit dress, but I decided the fabric would look great in a matching top for the McCall leggings, another pair of pants and a skirt already in the closet. Other than that, there is not much more to review on the top.

As for the pants, this is the first time I've used M6404-C. The sewing process for these was slightly different from the process of the previously sewn leggings. So here is my review:

Pattern Description:
MISSES' LEGGINGS: Close-fitting, casing with elastic. A: Welt pocket with hidden zipper.

Pattern Sizing:
XS to XL; I used between Medium and Large.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Basically, they did. I made a few changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Only followed a portion of them, but they were easy. Nothing confusing about them.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I initially purchased this pattern because it offered several variations for the leggings. Nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:
I used a stretchy denim medium weight knit from Love it. It has excellent recovery. It sew well and is a nice color.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
My changes:
  • Lengthen each section of the leg about 1.5" I wanted them to reach my ankles.
  • Instead of an elasticized waist, I installed an invisible zipper on the left side. This change required me to slightly adjust the width of the pants and I used the curved waistband from McCall 6515. Any curved waistband will do.
  • I doubled the top stitching thread in a mint green. This can be done similar to stitching with a twin needle, the difference is thread both threads through the same needle. Tips on top stitching can be found here.
  • With double thread the stitching shows up better. Using the triple stitch option on my machine takes longer to do.

  • I had to taper the leg below the knee to reduced the excess fabric in the leg.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and Yes. The is a great legging pattern with several variations. The possibilities are endless.

I like how this turned out. The hardest part was piecing together the legs to make sure the seam matched. This is a great pattern to add to your collection if you don't already have it. The pants are simple, but stylish. And they are very comfortable to wear.

Happy Sewing!


  1. great casual outfit and wow those pants look fantastic on you - with your fab long legs (a little envy talking here) so glad to see you posting again :)

  2. Melanie and Beth - Thank you! Cennetta

  3. Great ensemble! Those pants fit just perfectly. I wish everyone wore leggings so well fitting. It sure would save me a lot of shock when I go to Walmart.

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  5. Bunny you made me laugh with your statement "shock when I go to Walmart." I get same shock treatment here in Chicago. It's too much! Tee Hee. Thank you!

  6. Perfect summer outfit, Cennetta, the fit and style are so perfect. Beautiful job.

  7. This outfit is fabulous. Love the colors, styling and especially the shoes!

  8. Very pretty. Love the shoes too!

  9. Wow, what a terrific silhouette on you. I love the fabric and colours too. Stunning.

  10. Cute outfit, I really like the pants. I'll have to check out that pants pattern, I have some fabric that would be perfect for that pattern.

  11. First of all can I say you have amazing legs and secondly this is a great combination of pieces, the print works perfectly with the leggings.

  12. What a pretty and very flattering outfit!

  13. I love the seaming on the leggings. Perfect mix of fabrics.

  14. I'll trade you some pretty jewelry for a pair of those jeggings! They look fabulous on you!

  15. Thanks, everyone. Ren - deal, what color do you want?



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