McCalls 7476 Cardigan – Maybe not


OK, these two M7476 cardigans are from sewing some time ago, but I want to share. This is a McCalls ‘Learn to sew for Fun’ pattern, and it does have a lot going for it. The instructions are very much oriented to an advanced beginner sewer:

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Aside from really great and detailed instructions, it is interesting because it has an attached shawl collar, rather than one that is cut-on (with all the seam challenges).

I’ve fallen rather in love with hacci knits, as a substitute for cotton knits, so I used 2 pieces from the stash as victims.

First go, View B, no collar.


Great stripe, and I agonized over the stripe matching. However. That turn in the front, where the curve meets the straight part of the front – it absolutely demands a button. I want it to fly open with panache and grace!

A few sewing notes here:

  • On both, I raised the front bodice by 1.5″, so that curve point would not be so low. Even for me, at 5’7″, that is a very low focal point.
  • In the following version, I likewise shortened the collar to match.

Well, not deterred and having the fabric, I made View D, which has the attached collar. I like this much more, mostly because the front button/curve are better, and here are pics.




Well, no. Not for me. I’m sitting on some beautiful sweater knits, so I’m glad I tried this. Next? I’ll remove the snaps and buttons, gently, and donate these two cardigans.

Ciao! Coco


10 thoughts on “McCalls 7476 Cardigan – Maybe not

  1. I like cardis, and these are nice. I agree with you that the stripes are problematic on the shawl collar. I wonder if a contrasting collar would work.


  2. Stripes are tough aren’t they, I can never visualise how they’re going to look, esp if I want to do chevrons, so many doh! moments.

    I like the first one, the colours are lovely. If you don’t like the idea of a fastening you could smooth out the angle and just have it edge to edge it would look nice over your black pants, but I appreciate that you know what works and what doesn’t, c’est la vie.

    Onward and upward.

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  3. Funny, I prefer the first one! I think there is something not quite right about the proportion of the collar on the second. But it might also be the way the stripes interact with the collar. I agree, it needs the button at the peak of the curve too.

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    1. You’re right, Catherine. The stripes on the collar are overwhelming. I made it first with no collar, didn’t like it, took it apart! and added the collar. A lot of work, and it just looks weird. I like the stripe on the first one, very edgy, and will keep an eye out for it, perhaps for a different TNT cardigan.

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  4. Kudos for donating your well sewn, but “not for me” garments. When I donate my newly sewn garments, I do so with the knowledge that while it may not work for me, it will for someone else.

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  5. I made this pattern last winter – at least I think it was this one, out of a heavy knit and also did not like it until I shortened it something near 4-6 inches – so my memory says. Maybe try pinning up a new hemline, if you haven’t already, Thhis made it feel more like I am wearing the cardigan, and it’s not wearing me!

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