Sunday, August 28, 2011

McCalls 6288 tshirt and Burda 7/2011 trousers

A croaky groan..... I've had the cold from hell for the last 2 weeks.  Explaining why all I can make just now is clothes for lying on the sofa. 
First up McCalls 6288 View C/D - the big, baggy tshirt.  The front of the tshirt is in 9 sections.
The grey version is in a thin modal spandex from Potters Textiles Outlet store.  It is a very large tshirt style. I made a size 14.

The pattern calls for french seams on the front panels.  That sounded a bit boring on this so I sewed the seams on the outside using wooly nylon on the bobbin, and then using a double needle, sewed down the seam on the outside.  When you wash the top the edges curl round. 
The black version is also in a modal spandex jersey.  This one is made the way the pattern suggests and the panel in the middle is a drapey silk.  I'm not sure that was very successful as it isn't stretchy enough for the other fabric.  Oops.
My only issue with this tshirt is that my shoulders are narrow and this has a very wide neck, which was even wider in a very thin stretchy fabric.  I had to try and pull in the neckline quite a bit with the neck band and sew on strap holders which makes it look rather crinkly round the neck.  

And for the bottom half - the baggy trousers from July Burda (worn above in the photo with the grey top).  Burda make them in a number of permutations from batiste to jersey.  They are basically a peg leg trouser with a wide jersey band instead of a waistband.  
On the plus side these have to be the easiest and quickest pants in the world to make. On the minus side, they aren't terribly flattering on short people like me. But my, are they comfortable! My version are in silk charmeuse with cotton/spandex band.  My advice would be to make them in something very thin and drapey or they make your hips look huge.

I had to take in a cm on the side seams and a fair bit from the waist band as it was too loose.  Otherwise, I can see myself wearing these heaps at the weekends.  


  1. So brave of you to put the stitching onthe outside...I often consider that but then I fear that I'll mess up the stitching, the threads will break and I'll have an ugly cross over stitching bit on display.

    Nice variation on a baggy t-shirt.

  2. I love those pants. On my 5 foot 2 frame....(155cm?) I am afraid I would look a little "carnivale"......
    Get well.

  3. I love your t-shirts. I think the over-sized look and the stitching on the outside looks really cool! Those pants are fabulous - I was very attracted to them when I saw them in the magazine - yours look like they've turned out great!

  4. So beautiful! Love the contrast of the outer seams and it looks really comfortable. Fabulous!

  5. Love these slouchy t-shirts. We all need lounging gear.

  6. These look very cool and so comfy... You're good to be sewing with a bad cold and not just lying on the sofa with a remote :-) Hope you feel better soon!