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Another M6886 – The Animal Print One

Hey Guys,

Dropping in with another one of my February makes. It’s another version of Mccalls 6886. One of my favorite pieces to wear in cooler months is a turtleneck dress. This is actually my 6th time using this pattern for making a turtleneck dress.

This time I switched it up by drafting a puff sleeve and adding a cuff to each sleeve. I am not normally one for Animal prints but I was inspired by a few of the Leopard prints that I saw Jennifer Lopez wearing on Pinterest.

In addition to drafting the sleeve differently, I decided to raise the neckline of the dress. I did this by using the larger size pattern range and cutting a size 18 for front and back neckline. (I cut my usual size 14 for the rest of the pattern). I think I like the way it turned out much better this time.

I used a stretch leopard print(might be more of a tiger print) velvet that I found at one of the local fabric outlets.

I am really happy with how this dress turned out but I must admit that I did break one of my styling rules on this one. I usually like to show a bit of skin when I wear a high neck, long sleeve garment but today I felt like wearing my black platform boots and I think it all worked out fine.

I have one more February make to show if circumstances and weather allow us to take pictures next weekend.

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Thanks for dropping by…….

DIY, How I Wore It, sewing

The Black Maxi Cardigan – B6495

Just dropping in to give a quick review of one of my latest makes. I purchased a maxi cardigan from Old Navy last year but I wasn’t totally sold on the style.

I decided to give it another shot but this time I decided to make my own using some of the fleece lined Jersey that I also used to make my Bardot style top (click here) and Victoria Beckham inspired top (click here).

In retrospect I could have bought a pattern already long enough with pockets but I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the style so I decided to modify a pattern that I already owned.

In the end it was a fun make. I freestyled some interesting patch pockets and also had the satisfaction of using and modifying a pattern that I already owned.

I am super happy with the results.


Pattern Description: Misses’ Knit Off-the-Shoulder Top, Dress and Jumpsuit, Jacket, and Pull-On Pants
Close-fitting top, dress and jumpsuit have off the shoulder neckline and sleeve options. Jacket is very loose fitting. Close-fitting pull-on pants have wide waistband.

I made the Jacardigan (At least that’s what I’m calling it)

Pattern Sizing: I made it in a size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part yes….just longer and with pockets.

Were the instructions easy to follow?Very Easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I have no dislikes. I originally bought the pattern for the top but thought that I would rather use it to try out making a maxi cardigan.

Fabric Used:Fleece Lined Jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:< I added length. I think 15 inches. I added a pair of patch pockets that I free styled after watching a you tube video to get a general Idea of how to draft my own.

Would you sew it again?I think I will make at least one more if I can find the right fabric. I’d love some sort of bold graphic print.

Conclusion:  Great pattern. Would have gone a whole lot faster if I hadn’t made any modifications.


The Leopard Print Midi Pencil Skirt & Victoria Beckam Inspired Turtleneck – Mccall’s 7843 & Kwicksew 4069

The Leopard Print Skirt

Pattern Description: Close-fitting skirt with elastic waist and side slit. 2 lengths. I made view B

Pattern Sizing: I made a 16 at the hips and 14 at the waist.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t really need them. This was an easy make with only 3 pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Initially I wasn’t sure I’d like this style on me because of my full thighs. It doesn’t fall straight from the hips….it definitely pegs in at the hemline…but once it was completed and styled I love it.

Fabric Used: I used Neoprene.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes to the pattern were made except I sewed the slits at the height that I visually liked.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I’m not sure that I’ll make another but I’ll hold on to the pattern just incase I need to make a replacement leopard print skirt. I would recommend it if you like this style.

Easy and Stylish!

Victoria Beckham Inspired Turtleneck

Firstly I found this pattern at Walmart under the Name of Mccalls but it’s the exact same pattern. I think it cost me less than $3.

Pattern Sizing: I cut a medium and grated to a large at the hips

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No. I used it to create a Victoria Beckham inspired design. The neck height has been increased and the sleeves have been redesigned.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that the size lines are separated. I love that it also has shaping at the waist. I hated the neck it was shorter and fuller than I like mine but this was an easy fix. I decreased the width and increased the height to my liking. I probably should have raised the neckline but I didn’t…and it came out great.

Fabric Used: Fleece Lined Jersey that I purchased from the Fabric Joint. It’s such a nice fabric with a wonderful drape. I’ve used it in 3 other projects recently.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: As mentioned above I changed the neck and sleeve

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. Ive made another with a stretch crepe with bishop sleeves. I definitely recommend this pattern but as stated by others before me, you may have to make some alterations but nothing too complicated.