Wednesday, April 09, 2014

McCall's 6711 -Ponte Blazer




I bought this great ponte knit from Fabric Mart a few months ago but couldn't decide what to make.  I posted a picture on Instagram and a fitted jacket was the most popular garment suggestion.  I went with McCall's 6711, made first just over a year ago in a stripe knit, which I love and wear quite often.  In fact, I wore it to a fundraiser about a month ago and as I was leaving a lady stopped me.  She told me how much she liked my outfit and how nice I looked.  I thought that was so sweet of her and I know I walked with a bit more confidence in my step.

Ponte fabric - McCall's 6711 blazer

I did not line this one but I serged the seams and finished the facing with a pink knit,which this picture shows.

I cut out all the garment pieces in a single layer, helping to match the pattern with the princess seams, side seams and sleeves.  As you can tell in the picture above the pattern is only on the right side.  This made pattern matching more difficult for me.  Does anyone have suggestions in this situation?

I had one side that matched really well, in fact I think this is the best I have ever done, so I am sharing my print matching happiness.


The other side is almost as good but not quite, the sleeves are nice and so is the side seams.  One thing that has happened with my almost empty nest and no school activities to attend, I have more patience and time in my sewing.  I spent a couple of nights cutting out this jacket.  A most unusual task for me.
Ponte knit McCall's 6711


With all this print matching, my fabric ran a bit short.  I cut my sleeves a short 3/4 sleeves, but had some scraps of fabrics to add a turn-up cuff to the sleeves.  This was a nice solution to add length.


Thanks all of those you commented on my Instagram photo and helped decide what this fabric would become.  I love your suggestion!
Ponte knit McCall's 6711



43 comments:

  1. Lovely jacket, great print and like the pop of color on the inside.

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    1. Thanks, Sheila, it is a fun print, not too heavy.

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  2. It looks lovely on you. The splash of pink is just "fun". I actually think I like the 3/4 length sleeves better than I would have long sleeves - to make it lighter to wear if that makes sense. You sew beautifully

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    1. Thanks, Cindy, the pink is fun, you are right. I agree with the length of the sleeve, it is a happy accident :). I really appreciate your kind comments.

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  3. Very cute Lori. Love the finish inside too.

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    1. Thank you, it is a fun inside finish

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  4. super cute jacket, perfect print matching! it does make cutting an event, eh? and i love the solution to those sleeves.

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    1. Yes, an event in and of itself! Thanks, so much.

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  5. This looks really cute! I think I bought the pattern last year when I saw your other jacket. I have a couple of questions if you don't mind. Did you have to make pattern alterations because you were using a knit instead of a woven? Do you think Ponte is a fabric that will wear well in the summer, assuming air conditioning inside? I don't really have anything Ponte but somehow think of it as a cold weather fabric. Thanks Susan

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    1. Thank you, Susan. No, I really didn't make any alterations, both of my knits were pretty stable and I felt like the small amount of stretch did not call for a smaller size.
      This ponte is a bit lighter so I think it will be fine in the summer. More in the evenings or in cold restaurants a and theaters. :)

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    1. Oops sorry forgot to spell check last comment . I love this look & you have such a wonderful style . I've never sewn with Ponte knit but love the look!
      Thanks

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    2. Thank you Mary Ellen. You would enjoy working with ponte, for the most part it is a stable knit and easy to sew.

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  7. Love the jacket, it's the perfect pattern for the fabric. Great outfit, pretty pop of color under your jacket. So springy!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea, it is a fun outfit and it is beginning to be spring here - yea!!

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  8. Really great jacket!

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  9. I love it. It looks really great on you.

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    1. Thank you, I will love wearing this jacket.

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn, the fabric is from Fabric Mart and I have a feeling you tempted me!

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  11. This is really, really cute! I love it on you!

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    1. Thanks so much, I love it too!

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  12. The whole outfit is adorable and the jacket really makes it!

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  13. Perfection! That fits so well and looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks, Susan, I really will enjoy this blazer

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  14. I love how this jacket turned out! Your print matching looks perfect to me and I really like 3/4 sleeve length. The whole outfit looks great!

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    1. Thank you, Shar, the 3/4 sleeves turned out to be perfect.

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  15. Great jacket, Lori. I noticed you (understandably) left the back and shoulder darts out of the striped jacket. Did you omit them on the print version for similar reasons, or are they just blending into that beautiful print?

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    1. Hildevon, I have the darts in the shoulder and back on my stripe jacket, too. They just blend in with both prints

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  16. Love, love, love the jacket, Lori! I seem to wear a lot of navy in the summer and I just love the pattern. And I really like the 3/4 length sleeve. Wonderful summer look :o)

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    1. Thank you, Phyllis, navy is just the best for summer.

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  17. Great jacket Lori! I always love adding a pop of "surprise color" inside my jackets/coats. I bet you will get tons of wear from this one.

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    1. Surprise color is fun for sure. I agree with you, this will get tons for wear, thanks, Maris

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  18. I love all your iterations of this jacket. I want to make one too!

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    1. Thanks, Sara, you should make one, you will love it.

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  19. It's nice to have time to slow down and enjoy the sewing process - I am enjoying this luxury too! I think you did a fabulous job matching your print - I remember my mom teaching me to match plaid fabric! Love the pop of pink! Ponte knit it so great to work with and very comfortable to wear.

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    1. Thanks, Joen, it is fun to have time to sew. Thanks for sharing your story about your Mom teaching you to match plaids.

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  20. Lovely jacket! I have a couple of Ottobre knit jackets that I want to try.

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    1. Thanks, Levone, have fun sewing your Ottobre jackets.

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