McCalls Sewing Pattern 7912 Review
McCalls pattern 7912 is a sweet little wrap jacket that is perfect for seasonal transitions. Designed with a loose fitting structure and self belt, it is flattering for every body shape and size. This will quickly become your favorite grab and go jacket. I hope you get to make this wrap jacket and use my McCalls sewing pattern 7912 review as a guide to move your forward.
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McCalls 7912 loose fitting jackets and vest pattern offers an array of pattern features; making this pattern extremely versatile. You can make it over and over with a variety of looks. Offering two jacket length and sleeve variations options you will be sewing this for spring and fall.
The jacket options include a long version runs between 41.5 and 44 inches from the base of the neck based on size. This will ride below your hip and have a fashionable “robe-like” look.
The shorter version (this is the one I made) runs between 24.5 and 27 inches from the base of the neck based on size. I am short, so I love the shorter version because it doesn’t overwhelm me.
The self tie belt with thread carriers gives the jacket a pulled together look.
The belt is nice and long so it hangs below the short version giving it a modern feel.
The carriers are optional, I think the jacket looks great open and I prefer to not have the belt dragging. I opted for no carriers.
The dropped shoulder makes the sleeve variations easy — with or without a sleeve.
The long version with no sleeves will make a lovely vest, perfect to keep you warm but not encumbered by sleeves.
Who doesn’t love pockets! These giant patch pockets are great for holding your phone or keys when you need to be hands-free.
Since I was working with a lovely plaid flannel fabric, I chose to eliminate the pockets on this version. I thought it might be too busy and it gave me an opportunity to cut the shawl collar opposite the way I cut the body of the fabric. That was enough contrast, especially with the belt cutting through the plaid.
The long shawl collar is the perfect spot to play with patterns, textures, and fabrics. You can add a complimentary print and carry it over to the patch pockets for a fun look. Alternatively, making the collar black will give you a long center line, making you appear taller and thinner – who doesn’t like that!
The shorter, turned collar would work best with the same fabric as the base of your garment.
Photo Pattern and Fabric
I used this soft Brushed Cotton Flannel from Minerva. It worked up like a dream, washes great, and irons well. I did serge the seams because cotton flannel tends to sluff off bits from the seas and I didn’t want those left on my tops. If you don’t have a serger, you can use an alternative finishing option like zig-zag the seams or a bound seam finishing technique. You definitely want the inside of the unlined jacket to look its best.
The pattern recommends “Wool Coating, Boucle, Tweed, and Wool Blends” as options for this dropped shoulder woven beauty.
Here are some weights I think would work well. You don’t want anything too heavy or bulky. It’s constructed to be soft and somewhat drapy.
Brushed Boucle Tweed — Not the boucle your grandmother wore. It’s back in style and better than ever. Everyone should have at least one boucle jacket in their wardrobe for winter. Super cozy!
Lady McElroy Wool Blend Coating — Lady McElroy fabrics are all the rage, and this coating is no exception. It will look perfect in this McCalls pattern.
Blades Textured Cotton Linen – Comes in a riot of colors and offers a light jacket perfect to sew for spring.
The construction of the McCalls 7912 is straightforward. The sewing pattern is rated Easy and since it is loose fitting, there is very little draping and fitting adjustments required.
The sleeves are sewn-in flat, which is nice to see on a woven garment. Since it is unlined with a dropped shoulder, you can sew in the sleeves before stitching up the side seams.
The hems are turned and stitched, simple and easy.
When you have a fabric that looks the same on the right and wrong sides, pin the right side when cutting out each piece. I do this as a habit on almost every fabric. The pin is a quick reminder of the right side and help eliminate sewing the wrong two pieces together. BTW – Please use good pins – Silk Pins won’t snag your expensive fashion fabric and glide through easily.
It saves time bonding with your seam ripper!
That’s A Wrap
You will love this wrap jacket and vest combo. It offers several different looks from one pattern making it a good value. I hope you get to make this wrap jacket and use my McCalls sewing pattern 7912 review as a guide to move your forward.
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