McCalls 6531 Jacket favorite version

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Well, this didn’t take me long! My second, and very favorite , utility jacket version of this great pattern from McCalls.

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This is my third version – here’s a look at the previous two (cotton/lycra twill and ripstop). They’re both a little stiff, although the twill is more comfortable than the ripstop.

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This latest is Brussels washer linen, which is a linen/rayon blend, more linen than rayon. It is lightweight, rumply after 4 wash/dry cycles, and has a nice slubbed finish.

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Fabric from Fabric.com

It’s light enough that I was able to use a drawstring in the waistband casing. I really like the way this looks.

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This is almost as long as the longest view, but I took the curve out of the back.

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A little blurry 🙂

Some sewing notes:

  • I sewed the size small, instead of the medium.
  • The drawstring is 1/4″ synthetic cord. The pattern calls for 1/8″ cord, but that seems a bit narrow to me. And I only used it in the waist, not in the hem or collar.
  • I placed my casing about an inch below the marking on the pattern, because I’m long-waisted. Even so, it’s does ride a little above my natural waist – but it’s where I like it!
  • Once again, I made my own pocket, nice and big, and added a band at the bottom of the sleeve.

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  • I used a vertical buttonhole that’s rounded at the top and bottom. And I practiced a lot to get the right size and thread tension.

buttonhole tests

Great lines and detail, I’m crazy about topstitching, so this was a lot of fun for me

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Next up, I’m still working on a long knit hoodie. Wild things…

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Ciao! Coco

12 thoughts on “McCalls 6531 Jacket favorite version

  1. Of the three, this is my favorite as well. It looks so good on you, and I love the color. I need to make this view in something warmer. I have been looking for an in-between jacket, something between a light jacket and a heavy coat to wear over casual clothes. I am thinking fleece or something warm like a washable wool. Would this view work in something heavier? I love a longer jacket like this that covers my bum, especially when I go to work out in leggings. I think this is one of my favorite makes from your blog, but I love all your makes. I may change my mind when I see your hoodie, but if I remember correctly, that is going to be made with a franken-pattern, so maybe not for me. Thanks for sharing, Coco!

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    1. Hi Becky! I think a light wool woven would work great. Fleece – this jacket has a lot of pieces, and the right side buttonhole band is applied over the finished front edge (ends up as 4 layers plus seam allowances). It would get very thick very quickly. The pattern suggests Cotton Blends, Supplex Nylon, Twill, Linen. And thank you for all the nice compliments!

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  2. I agree, this is the best yet. Perfect color (so was the last one) but the fabric is such a comfortable choice. I like it withOUT the curve in the back.

    And please tell me you don’t always cut on the floor. Special circumstances perhaps? Otherwise I agree with Fran….I would need the paramedics.

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  3. Love this version the most..AND…you cut out on the floor??!!?!?? I would have to be removed by paramedics!!! Oh, my poor back! hips! and legs!

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    1. Thank you, Fran. And yes, I do all my cutting on the floor – can’t stand for long periods, hip and back are messed up. I even have my ironing board at sitting level so I can do that without standing!

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  4. OH, I LOVE IT! When I first opened this up and saw the jacket, I went OOOOOHH! Beautiful job once again and the size small looks “just right!”

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