Monday, July 29, 2019

McCall's M7261 Active Wear for Lidia

I made Lidia some new PE kit.
I was seriously impressed.
M7261   McCall's 7261... and I cut the pattern!
(My new, time saving tip. If I pick the pattern up in the sale >$4  I can cut it to size)
Lidia measured a size 10
I made the hoodie from some unbrushed cotton fleece (DK's fabric)
and went with the View C pattern, no mods.
The arms were good and long (Liddy has long arms) and it had ease  but was not sloppy through the body.
The thumbholes are perfect. Just the right position and easy to sew.
The hood is very neat.
I used the wave stitch on my machine to top stitch as it is very flexible stitch and will take some tugging.
I had to cut the kangaroo pocket against the grain as I had run out of fabric #ninjacuttingfail but it seems to be okay.
It is a cute top!
I sewed the t-shirt, with thumb holes, in some light weight cotton/lycra I got in a job lot off of eBay.
I cut the size 10 but fitted the waist by several cm's.
It is a little big but has a nice shape.
The thumb holes are a huge hit!
It was great for active play but also looked snappy under her poncho 
The leggings were very roomy.
I cut the size 10 (again) but had to take the seam in by a another solid 5/8ths seam allowance.
The fabric is 4 way stretch and super super stretchy so they may have been a issue.
I purchased it from eBay, it was a remnant marked 'Sports Knit', completely vile to sew but it is washing well and seems very sturdy.
The black/grey stripe, also from eBay , was left over from Elsa's rash vest , which is still going strong after being worn by Lidia and now Matilda.
I mixed the stencil colour myself, to match Liddy's shoes and fabulous Ugg boots available here 
I think they look fine but Lidia would have preferred them tighter.
Lidia was so happy she even changed her blonde streak to match

~Lidia's Verdict~
My first P.E. kit made by mum was definitely a success.
 The colour of the jumper and stencil work perfectly with my sneakers and my Ugg boots.
 I wore the jumper and black top when we went to the Zone Play Centre and they were both incredibly warm.
 The leggings look really cool although I would have loved them to be a bit tighter.  
~My Verdict~
My first attempt at 'proper' sports attire.
I was very impressed with this pattern. It did have a lot of ease (for fitted active wear) but that was not hard to adjust.
The leggings are so cool, I think you could make them in a bengaline for a comfortable travelling pant too.
The sections enable you to colour block but they also slightly change the direction of the fabric grain to allow ease.
My overlocker was due for a service so I actually sewed these on my regular machine (with a 3.5 stitch) and we have had no stitches popping.
If this is the quality of sports wear patterns that is available, this is a type of sewing I could definitely embrace.
I found all the seams great for adjusting the fit.
My advice would be to make a wearable muslin to check the fit and on you and then make your good version.
Very pleased with this pattern.
Jed surprised me with a cover stitch machine when I was dropping off my overlocker to be serviced. (On our holidays in Vic)
I guess there will be a lot more sports wear in my sewing future.

Thank you for reading... xx N


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  2. VERY CUTE LEGGINGS and outfit! Great review! Thanks! (typo in previous post!)

    1. Thank you Carla.
      I have never enjoyed sewing knits but I think this pattern (and the amount of use the garments are getting) may have changed my mind.
      xx N