McCall’s 6277: caped crusader

31 Jul

Pattern: McCall’s 6277

Fabric: ITY knit from, 2 yards

Notions: thread, clear elastic (in shoulder seams for reinforcement)

Notes: I bought this Laura Ashley patter as soon as it was released, but then I was stymied by what to make it from.  I knew I wanted a nice drape for the cape sleeves.  I almost used a rayon challis, but then I bought a ton of knits from and thought “why not?”  I’m really happy with my decision – the dress is light and drapey, exactly as I pictured it in my head!  It isn’t too much of a sack (though I guess it is without the belt) which was my biggest worry with the pattern.

Construction was straightforward, particularly if you’ve ever made a dress with ruffles set into the princess seams (Simplicity 2360, now out of print, is similar, but with smaller ruffles.)  I did not line the dress (I pretty much don’t line anything unless I absolutely have to.)  I chose to do a narrow hem on the neckline and the sleeves (see my tutorial.)  I didn’t bother to finish the armholes – they are entirely hidden by the sleeves, and jersey doesn’t fray.

I cut the higher neckline with the shorter sleeves.  I really like the length of these sleeves on me.  I am 5’8″ and the longer ruffles would have made my arms look like I didn’t have elbows.  If you are shorter than me, or have short arms (mine are long) this will be too long on you.  I recommend just cutting the sleeves down to whatever length makes them hit where mine do – it’s a simple pattern piece.  The length you see is the unhemmed length of the dress.  I don’t always hem jersey, though in this case I may go back and add one (this ITY tended to curl a bit, and you can see that a little on the hemline.)

About the fabric: I love ITY jerseys.  I know not everyone does, but I find them pretty easy to sew with.  This one, however, was not what I would really call ITY.  It has a lighter and silkier texture.   Most of the ITYs I own have 4% lycra, but this one has 8%.  My machine didn’t love sewing it, but I managed with a lengthened zigzag stitch.  Hemming the sleeves was done with a straight stitch for neatness, and because they don’t stretch.  I used a walking foot the entire time, as I always recommend with knits.  Be aware that not all the ITYs at are the same – they are all different types, from heavy to light.  I didn’t receive any that I didn’t like, but don’t expect them to all be the same!

I am of the opinion that these sorts of belted sack dresses work best in either a knit or a lightweight silk.  I have several others that I’m planning (Cynthia Rowley has many dresses of the belted sack variety.)  I highly recommend this pattern, with the caveat that you should watch the sleeve length.  I’m very happy with how mine turned out!





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24 Responses to “McCall’s 6277: caped crusader”

  1. liza jane July 31, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I love the sleeves! So funky and cool. This dress is so great, I’m going to have to look this pattern up.

  2. Rachel July 31, 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    That looks lovely on you. Your fabric choice is really nice.

  3. Katherine July 31, 2011 at 10:57 pm #

    Super cute. I love that it’s stylish AND demure. Perfect for non-black church singing gigs, no?? I remember that you had a different fabric picked for this project… but the one you ended up with is totally adorable. I was thinking of doing this pattern with the large white/red dot print knit (the same one you just picked up from, but I’m worried that the print will be too overwhelming with such large, caped wings. I might try the white/red dot fabric with the Cynthia Rowley tank dress you found at the Maxx. Thinking….thinking…..

  4. Katherine July 31, 2011 at 11:28 pm #

    This dress is gorgeous. Perfect match of fabric with pattern.

  5. Bri July 31, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    This dress is so fun, it looks great on you and yes the sleeves fall perfectly on you!

  6. Scruffy badger August 1, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    Jessica, it’s beautiful and I’d agree I think fabric choice is perfect. Belted sack dresses clearly flatter you! Really appreciate your comments on sizing

  7. silly August 1, 2011 at 6:48 am #

    Beautiful draping of sleeves & lovely colours on you. You look great !!

  8. janew40 August 1, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    Stunning! Love the sleeves and the print. Beautiful draping.

  9. Louise August 1, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I endorse “silly’s” comment!

  10. Omega Brooks August 1, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I love your dress and the fabric is a perfect choice. I have that pattern so it’s nice to see it made up. Looks great on you!

  11. Sarah August 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Looks great! I have this pattern and a lightweight knit fabric from all ready to go as well! Seeing how great your version turned out makes me think I need to get a move on sewing up mine!

  12. Carolyn August 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    This is an interesting look that you’ve totally made your own! You look fantastic!

  13. Anonymous August 2, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    Those cape sleeves are completely stunning! I might have to try my luck with them…

  14. trish August 2, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    You’ve made a lot of things I thought were pretty, but i love this one on you. The fabric is really pretty and the design suits you!

  15. Elizabeth August 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    The sleeves are fantastic on this dress. I love cape sleeves – they are so comfortable and easy to move around in.

  16. montanachic August 3, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    It looks really great on you. I love the print.

  17. Anonymous August 3, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    You are adorable!!!

  18. keeralynn August 5, 2011 at 10:11 am #

    Beautiful dress, love the sleeves. I love looking at all your Finished projects!

  19. Gabrielle August 6, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    This looks so lovely on you – the sleeves are the perfect length for your arms, and they make the dress really interesting from the back view.

    I’m with you on sewing knits – I don’t finish them as they don’t fray, I always use my walking foot, and I often use a straight stitch on edges that won’t stretch! Just one question – what does ITY stand for? Sorry if it’s a really dumb question!

    • stitchywitch August 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

      ITY stands for “interlock twist yarn.” It’s a medium weight poly/lycra knit – it doesn’t wrinkle, and it’s a bit heavier than most rayon knits. You see it a lot in ready to wear clothing. I love sewing with it, and it’s very easy to care for!

  20. Elizabeth August 6, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    I love this dress and your print is gorgeous. Beautiful!

  21. heather lance August 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm #

    I just love this dress. You’ve inspired me to try and make one of my own. I noticed that the pattern calls for a zipper. Did you eliminate the zipper?

  22. Jenny August 22, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Hi – I’m so glad I found this – I’ve been musing over this pattern for days and couldn’t figure out whether I should line it or not. Then I was confused about why it asked for a zipper when knit stretches and this looks like it can be pulled over your head. I found my answer to the lining question (I won’t) and I’m still not sure about the zipper. Thanks for sharing your version – I really love it and it looks great on you. Well, all of your items look geat :)


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