This pattern, McCall's 4220, has been in my stash for a while. I finally made a version for a friend's daughter, who joins us when we watch Texas Longhorns games.
The pattern is out of print, apparently. So much for this being a useful review/demo of current offerings, heh. Anyway, if you stumble upon it, I recommend the following modifications:
Overall, pattern was designed for polar fleece, so it leaves many edges raw (unhemmed). I hate that look, so I added hems wherever they were lacking.
Add a placket to avoid having raw edges where the buttons close. To do this, extend the "center" line on the pattern front piece by 5/8" (seam allowance). Then cut out a rectangle of broadcloth as long as the jacket front, and about 3" wide. Add lightweight fusible interfacing. Serge one edge, and sew the other edge along the jacket center front, wrong sides together. Fold over, topstitch the placket to the jacket front (wrong sides together). TL;DR - make a placket.
The hood calls for the "wrong side" of the fabric to be folded over and visible on the "right side." I think this is because they assume you're using a faux shearling type fabric, where the fuzzy side is the "wrong side" so it's ornamental when folded over to the "right side" of the hood. Since I wasn't using shearling, I just folded the edge of the hood to the "wrong side" (opposite of the directions - beware this step!)
Folded both pieces of seam allowance to one side, and topstitched at every step. Just a fun detail that makes it look more "athletic"/"professional."
Other modifications (just for completeness, not necessarily recommended)
White bias tape line details on sleeves. Made 'em asymmetrical because you can get away with more "fun" in kidswear.
White fleece Longhorn applique on back. Left the raw edges exposed - hey, it's fleece.
If I had it to do over, my advice for future makers of this pattern:
Polar fleece is terribly thick to be making pockets out of. And you can't really iron precise folds, so the bottom curves turned out kind of clunky. Consider keeping the pocket concept (because, kids!) but make them a different kind. Maybe an interior pocket - jetted, bound, single-welt, etc.
Make the arm stripes MORE asymmetrical, or just make them symmetrical. The asymmetry is not obvious, and to me it looks like it could be a mistake.
Okay, as promised, here are the photos of the delicious Miyazaki goodness from dazedllama. Prepare to drool!
Radish God Needle Holder - embroidered radish god embellishing a wallet for holding my various sewing machine needles! Awesomely cool, because this will encourage me to organize my needles and use the correct needle rather than whatever's in the machine. All hail the radish god!
Painted Catbus rock! How cute! He's sitting on display on top of my monitor at work (I moved him to the sunlight on the carpet for this shot) Meowwwwr!
A Tengui - "a piece of dyed cloth ... an essential tool for the Japanese. Not only was it used as a wiping tool such as a towel or handkerchief, it was also used as bandage and a headwear in the old days ... it also came to be used in the place of a greeting card or a business card." I'm hanging it in my room for decorative effect
(I am also tempted to copy the image of the little guy onto other projects like homemade silkscreening - vurry cute)
And finally, the wondrous Totoro tote bag! Happy beautiful colors, wonderful applique work, and skilled sewing. I'm going to use this every day. See! See! Bestest one!
Thank you again, dazedllama! I love everything and you are such a talented craftsperson!
Heh heh, that's funny with the No Face bag. When I designed it, I had in mind that the black fabric would be the outside and the green print with No Face would be on the inside, so when you opened the bag, he would be standing up. It was "serious" on the outside, and "whimsical" on the inside, so that you could take it places where you didn't necessarily want to scream "Miyazaki Characters". I guess it's also a reversible bag with the fun stuff on the outside too - totally unintentional, but rock it!
I am beginning to worry for the safety of my package *pokes postal service*. It would the first time I've ever had a problem - they're usually so good. *wibble* If they say 4 to 10 days, how long before you get worried?
Doh. It's totally my fault. It looks like I gave the wrong ZIP code in my PM to the organizer. My workplace has a receiving department that is safer than my residence, so I gave that address, but with my residential ZIP code. They're about 10 miles apart.
Luckily, the Post Office says:
In cases where mail has a street / city /state of one place but the ZIP Code area does not match, it is difficult to determine which Post Office is the actual office of destination.
1. The U.S Postal Service dispatches mail sent in this manner to the Post Office indicated by the ZIP Code for possible delivery. 2. If undeliverable there, it is forwarded to the Post Office as stated by city and state.
So it should be arriving soon after having a little adventure in a nearby city. I'm so sorry. Duhhhhhh.
I can't wait for it to arrive, though. I'm very excited.
I apologize for any anxiety created by my mistake. Arrrrgh.
Next step: drag my carcass to the post office this afternoon.
I took pictures, but my camera uses ancient CF technology for which I don't have a card reader at work, and I don't have interwebs at home, so the picture teasers will have to wait. How about a text-based teaser:
One of the items started out as something traditionally used by shops, and made its way into some homes - it has two large pieces connected by a small seam.
Another item has a small magnet in it and is hard and has a coat of shiny stuff on it.
The third item, the one I like best, is plain on the outside but kooky on the inside, with a thing that has a belly that can hold things.
Think you know? In the words of Magnum P.I.: "I know what you're thinking, and you're wrong."
I'm all finished - sending tomorrow! I am home for the holidays, so I had access to all my supplies, which was great. It will be interesting to see when the package arrives though - its coming from New Zealand, bbonnn!
Wow! I'll keep an eye out. Feel free to PM me if you'd like me to send yours to a different address or any other delivery preferences.
Hi y'all. I'm checking in. For some reason, it has been extremely busy at work and I've been pulling long days that cut into my crafting and forum time. I'm usually more communicative and participatory throughout the process. Sorry about that.
I have one item completely finished, and a pretty good plan for a second one, and ideas for three-plus. I have a feeling this weekend is going to be craft-intensive (for many of us, perhaps). That excites me to no end, hee hee.
And I am enjoying putting words to my evil thoughts and schemes in my shiny red horseshoe journal. And the subversive cross-stitch calendar is right in front of me, literally, as I type this at my cube. I love it.