Sunday, October 31, 2010

McCalls Easy M5988

Ok, first a little backstory.  I've been looking for a new coat for some time now.  I have a closet full but they never seem quite right...too dressy, too heavy, too thin, whatever.  I saw this pattern and thought, well, this looks easy enough.

The pattern says it's a 2 hour pattern.  Not only can you make this coat in 2 hours but get's reversible!  2-for-1, what a bargain!  Plus, I liked the idea of working with fleece (no fraying edges) and figured this would a quick and easy project.  And with the leftover fleece, I could make a matching hat. 

Long story short, it was neither quick nor easy and definitely not made in 2 hours.  I think I spent 2 hours just laying out the fabric and cutting it out. I was so happy to be done with this, I haven't had the fortitude to think about making the hat.

The instructions were terrible.  I've been sewing for over 30 years and I had trouble following them.  I would hate to think what a beginner would go through.  McCalls has since taken this pattern out of print so maybe I'm not the only one who had problems with it.

But I have to say, I do love the fabric and it is extremely warm.   I used a regular fleece for the plaid and a polar fleece for the black.  The pattern calls for a single button closure but this was a bit oversized so there's enough wrap that I think I will forego the button and just leave as is.  I rarely button my coat anyway since I'm usually just going from my car to the house or work.   The pattern called for the pockets to be made of broadcloth but I used black flannel instead.  I love flannel pockets.  They add just that little bit of warmth plus there's something comforting about flannel, it's kind of like giving your hands a little hug whenever you slip them in the pocket.

1 comment:

  1. The coat looks really great! Sometimes I find the patterns are only worth the cut-outs too (because the instructions were probably made in china or some other country where English is a second language!). However, it turned out great!