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Topic: Toddler's Texas Longhorns asymmetrical-arm-stripe jacket from McCall's 4220  (Read 539 times)
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« on: January 11, 2013 01:47:46 PM »

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.
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Fudpen10
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2013 03:53:02 AM »

Lovely jacket. Shame it's out of print. I'm just about to make something similar for my children.  I know what you mean about leaving raw edges. Even if it doesn't fray, it still feels unfinished.
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