McCall’s 6277: caped crusader

Pattern: McCall’s 6277

Fabric: ITY knit from fabric.com, 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 fabric.com 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 fabric.com 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 thoughts on “McCall’s 6277: caped crusader

  1. 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 fabric.com), 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…..

  2. Scruffy badger says:

    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

  3. Looks great! I have this pattern and a lightweight knit fabric from Fabric.com 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!

  4. 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!

    • 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!

  5. 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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