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Why You Should Try Sewing Pattern McCalls 7443

Early June was the perfect time for sewing pattern McCalls 7443 and completing a review because the last few weeks had been raining every few days. I know this pattern is not available, but I’m positive I am not the only one who is hoarding it waiting to match it to the perfect piece of fabric. The last year I have been trying new fabric stores. Now if you saw my post about How to Organize and Save Space in Your Sewing Room or Office then you already know I have a problem with buying too much fabric. With that in mind, my goal for the second half of the year is to sew down my stash.

Meanwhile, I could only laugh at myself because I have this new office and still manage to not have enough room for all my fabric. Apparently, I’m better at compartmentalizing than I thought, haha. Any fabric that didn’t make it into the bins is what I am sewing next. I am determined to only have half a bookshelf of fabric. This has made me a busy bee. Unfortunately, unforeseen events occur like me getting sick because of my fibroid or allergies to my dog and that slows me down.

In this case, I was slowed down by the fact that I am not the quickest hand sewer and there was a lot of that. From the hem to tacking the pleats in the front. These little details surprised me as I was working my way through the pattern. Early tip for you, make sure to read the instructions thoroughly so you know what to expect and are prepared. Your girl is notorious for diving right in and figuring it out as she goes, which gets me into trouble all the time. My goal with these reviews is to always save you time and money.

Pattern Review

Description: Misses’ Strapless Pleated Tunic and Wide Leg Pants (You may be able to find someone selling it on Etsy.com)

Size Chosen: 16

View: A

Fabric Choice: Crepe here // similar here

Color: Green

Sewing Tools You Need That Aren’t Mentioned:

  • Walking Foot
  • Universal Needle
  • Cotton Thread
  • Hand Sewing Needle
  • Seam Ripper
  • Scissors for Fabric and Paper (never ever use the same scissors to cut fabric that you do to cut paper)
  • Iron
  • Pressing Cloth
  • Wonderclips or Pins

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you finished sewing it? Just about. I don’t think the front is tacked down.

Are the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the Sewing Pattern McCalls 7443? 

Liked

There were only 4 pieces to put together.

Disliked

All the hand sewing just because it took so long to complete.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I stitched the sides down and squared them off where the large dot was located.

Would you sew it again? Not sure. I would want to practice hand stitching more before I give it another go.

How long did it take? About a week.

Tips to avoid the sewing pattern McCalls 7443 from taking as long and other advice: Practice slip stitching on scrap fabric until you feel confident before you try to work with this pattern. Here’s a great tutorial if you’ve never done it before. How to Create a Slip Stitch.

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Hat similar here or here // Necklace “Michelle Set” here // Shoes similar here

What do you guys think? Would you pull this out of your stash and make it?

Until next time…

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