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Sunday, December 21, 2014

McCall's 6708 or holiday cardigan!

Who doesn't love layering pieces?  Well this girl for sure!  I love easy layering knits that are colorful and comfortable to wear and this pattern did not disappoint!  I specifically purchased it just to use this red/black knit that I won in a contest from Fabric Mart.  Isn't it cute?  I do love the pattern on it and it is a very nice knit.

This is a misses' cardigan pattern that is described on the back of the envelope as close-fitting with neckline, length, and sleeve variations and bands and front button closing.  View D has welt pockets and button trim and the view I made has pockets with contrast bands.

I made a medium.

This is a quick sew.  I had a lot of fun with it!  I made view E with the bottom row of pockets only.

This is very intuitive in how it goes together with no head scratching moments at all!  I do think the pattern illustration is somewhat deceiving in that the neckline looks much higher that what it actually is.   See what I mean?   

Ok, so back to my version.  Using the contrast was fun and who doesn't want some fun?  I used a black ponte for the bands and it was a good choice.

I made my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment and really, that was about it.  The sleeve length and length of the cardigan was great although you may want to measure if you are going to use one that is short.  If I make this again, I'll make it a bit longer.  These sleeves were set in and typically I will just sew them in flat, but with a more tailored looking garment, I decided to set them in but did it using pins and stretching the bodice front or back instead of ease stitching.  After you do this once or twice using a knit, you probably won't ever had to ease stitch again.

My only modification to the garment was to not slip stitch the bands to the cardigan on the wrong side.  I don't think there is anything wrong with it, but with the ponte knit it just got a little thick there and then it was difficult to get the button holes to stitch properly.  I took the slip stitched bands off, unpressed them, and stitched them down from the right side of the garment.  I didn't take a picture of it, so I hope that makes sense!

I really like this cardigan and pattern.  I do believe this will become a much loved pattern to reach for again and again!

Thanks for reading!


  1. I really like this cardigan, it is too cute!

    1. Thanks Candice! I do appreciate your kind words!

  2. Wow, this is really pretty!!!-- Love it! You are right about the pattern making it look like a higher neckline. I much prefer a lower neckline, as in how yours turned out. Beautiful!

    1. Thank you Shirely Ann! Merry Christmas!

  3. Lovely! Gorgeous fabric. I like the depth of your neckline and agree the line drawing is a little deceiving. Looks like a perfect Christmas top.

    1. Thank you Anne! I appreciate your kind words!