Friday, February 22, 2013

McCalls 6516 Easy to Sew & Wear Jacket

Easy to sew and wear jacket pattern

I made the blue jacket below this past summer and I made the grey jacket a couple of weeks ago.

Per the back of the pattern:  Loose fittingVest A and Jacket  B,C, D have front extending into drape and narrow hem.  I made views B and D in size Medium

  The instructions were clearly written. You might want to be sure that you use a medium weight drapey fabric for best results.

 I used cotton blend lace fabric for the blue jacket and added the collar from views A&D

Due to fabric restrictions my ruffle was about 4 inches shorter than the pattern called for but it is unnoticable in the finished jacket.  Due to the length of fabric to ruffle  I zig zaged over some string rather than using 2 lines of basting thread.  This method makes it less likley that you will break the basting threads during the gathering.

 For the grey jacket,   I used a cotton blend that has a silver metallic thread going through it,  The drape was working out fine for the jacket until I added the bottom faced section,  Then the whole jacket felt stiff and did not drape at all.  I finished the jacket and threw it into the washer and dryer which softened the fabric helping the drape.  I think this will   get even better after another wash or two.  The instructions called for the cuffs and hem facings to be slip stiched on the inside but I happily used a machine blind hem instead. 

  Due to late night sewing, I made a mistake on the cuffs.  I cut out the fabric for the cuff and the facing but ended up folding my cuff in half and did not use the facing at all.  This made the sleeves about 2 inches shorter than the pattern called for but, the finished length works better for me. 

I may sew this comfortable jacket again in the future with a drapy wool fabric

Easy to sew and wear jacket pattern


  1. Hiya! I know you posted this ages ago, but I came upon your entry because I was searching Google for this pattern to see what some bloggers had done with it. I had bought an open weave lacey knit which isn't too stretchy, but full of holes, and I had the idea to use that fabric to make this jacket in the ruffled version. I was beginning to doubt myself about that idea because every other blogger I found had used a woven. So, I am super glad to have found your lacey version, which looks great on you, by the way! I think you did a great job and now I feel better about what I want to do - so thank you!!! I've saved your image to my hard drive to keep as inspiration.

    1. Hi and thank you for your kind comment. I am glad the post helped you. Sorry It took so long to answer but I think I am back now.

    2. Great! I'd love to see what other sewing you've been doing! :)