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A Wintry Mix- McCall's 7057 Jacket and Ottobre Leggings 5/2014 #6

If you are from North America, you know how cold it was last week- temps dipping below 0 degrees Fahrenheit for several days.   It was so cold, that our furnace couldn't keep up, and all we could do was huddle together, eat hot soup, drink hot cocoa, and watch reruns of Gilligan's Island to trick ourselves into believing we're warm!

No, honestly, I have to confess I haven't watched Gilligan for many years.  A much more sensible thing that we seasoned mid-Westerners do to stay warm is layering.  Two layers of just about everything is really helpful.  I will note that my husband was walking around in a short sleeve t-shirt today, but he's neither sensible nor a true midwesterner, so you can't go by what he does. 

I find that there is nothing that compares to good old wool to keep in your body heat.  I luckily can wear it- I know that some people find it too itchy, but I will put up with a little itch, just to get that warmth.  I made this sweater jacket out of a wool boucle sweater knit.  I bought this from FabricMart last year in both a blue and a white.  Wish I would have gotten every color, as it is super nice.  The pattern for this jacket was McCalls 7057.

The pattern originally attracted me as something that could be worn as a lightweight fall jacket.  I made this last Fall, and it made the cut in my New Year's Clotheshorse Closet Purge. It has a hood, in seam pockets, and belt to wrap around you to keep it closed.

The design is really much like a robe, and I think you could easily lengthen this to a be a standard robe pattern.  You can make it with or without a hood, and I chose the hood.  Surprisingly, this is the one place where I had a problem.  The cover shows the hood wrapping nicely around the shoulders, which I thought was really pretty.

When I first made the hood, it wasn't big enough to go around my shoulders.  Luckily, I had enough fabric left that I cut a triangular insert to attach to the hood center back, which gave it 5 more inches. You can't really see it in the photos here.

Even though my fabric was described as a knit, it didn't have much stretch.  I would say that it was a firm knit, so perhaps a stretchier knit wouldn't have needed that adjustment.  And also, if you didn't want the off the shoulder look, it would have worked fine.

The pattern included a tie belt, but neglected to include the loops.  That was an easy remedy.  I cut a strip of fabric 10" x  2", folded it twice lengthwise, then stitched the folds in place.  Cut this strip into two pieces, and sew one at each side seam at waist level. This way, you can leave it open without your belt falling off!  This jacket is pretty darn thick, and I only have one coat that it will fit under, so it will probably end up being worn more in the house than out and about.

The rest of the outfit is me-made as well.  The leggings are from Ottobre Women's Fall 2014 issue.  Oh, do I love these leggings!  They have a yoke which is a little different than most legging patterns.  I've made it twice so far, and I think it will be a TNT (Tried and True) pattern for me.  

The long sleeved dress is made from a soft cotton interlock knit in  McCalls 6754.  This dress was originally a nude color which looked awful on me, but I dipped it in the dye bath after dyeing another fabric, and ended up with the pretty Robin Egg's blue color.  This dress has that skater dress silhouette that is so popular right now.  I love the shaping on the bodice, but be forewarned that the neckline is super wide.  Thus, the need for a scarf!

 The scarf is just 1 yard of chiffon that I got on the Hancock fabrics clearance table for just $2.50.  If I were more of a big spender, I should have gotten 2 yards.  But, cheapskate that I am, I got the one yard, cut it in half at the fold,  french seamed the pieces together, and narrow hemmed the outer edges. 

I do recommend all of these patterns, and will enjoy wearing them, especially on these cold, January days.

Stay Warm and Happy Sewing!



  1. Oh, Ann, you do look so warm and cozy. :D I love that your husband was walking around in short sleeves! SO COLD! Men are so weird.

    BTW, our cold here in VA is not below 0F, it is anything below 30F, so when we dipped to 15F, I was just DYING. I have been wearing a lot of sweater knits and puffer jackets!

    I bought a bit of that boucle last year, in the white, and made a sweater from it. I pull it out all the time. I wish Fabric Mart would get more of that back in stock--it was amazing!

    Hope it warms up soon!

    1. Me too! (on FabricMart getting more of this fabric, and on the warming up!)
      My husband did succumb to the cold and put a flannel shirt over his t-shirt. Haha!

  2. Great outfit - looks so cozy and perfect for cold winter months.

  3. I'm warm - summer here and today will be 29 (84f). Cute outfit. Jacket looks very cosy.

    1. Thanks, Vicki. Oh, I know you are warm. Summer in Australia sounds so lovely!

  4. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your sweater!! I MUST have that pattern and sew one up. Great color on the dress and great leggings-- really like the yoke on it, those would be great for running tights for me. I'm sewing up my very first Ottobre pattern right now. I gotta check out this issue of Ottobre where your pattern is from.

    1. Thanks, Kathy! You are going to LOVE Ottobre! They have wonderful patterns for casual wear and active wear. Can't wait to see what you make!

  5. Cute and cozy! I really love that dress on you <3

    Must dip my toes into fabric dyeing :)

    1. Thanks, Nakisha! I have only dyed once- this was the leftover dye from when I did the Fabric Mart Challenge. It was really weak at this point, since so much of the dye had gone into the wool, but I still had enough for this dress and another t-shirt.

  6. Love, love, love this sweater as well as your other pieces! I have that pattern in my wishlist at BMV and will remember your advice about the collar. You look cute as a button all wrapped up in it!

  7. I'm still on the fence about the coat but I do love it on you!

    1. Thanks, Sabrina. I do understand- it's a lot of coat! I think that it could be overwhelming on a smaller person.


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