I’ve dug deep into the archives for todays Made It Monday. Somehow, I have a few garments that I made but never shared with you guys. Blasphemy, I know. So, I’m writing that wrong by posting them starting with this cowl neck sweater.
This is McCall’s 7194. It’s described as a Close-fitting, pullover top with hemline variations and stitched hem on sleeves.
It’s out of print, but there are several listings of it on Etsy. It’s really a tried and true pattern as it’s very versatile and well-drafted right out of the envelope. I didn’t even have to shorten it!
I made view A with the long sleeves from C. The asymmetrical hem is interesting, but A) it wasn’t right for this fabric and B) I’m not sure I’m an assymmetrical hem kinda girl. Maybe in the right fabric I’d make C without the color blocking. As much as I love a ruffle, I just don’t think the placement of the ruffle right on the hip would look that great on me.
Either way, even though I really only like one hem of this pattern, the two necklines are great for a one and done sweater knit pattern. You can make a chunky cowl like mine, a floppier one like the model or even a knit band.
The fabric is a plush sweater knit that I got from Fabric.com, I think. It was a long time ago. To get a similar look to mine, you’re looking for a heftier sweater knit without a lot of drape or fluidity.Instead search for mid-weight knits with a thick loose weave. You can also try something really unique like a boucle knit, novelty knit, or cable knit. Of course, a wool sweater kit would be amazing! And, if you make the neck band version out of a sweatshirt fleece, you’d have a super comfy but slightly elevated sweatshirt.
Styling my sweater is pretty straight forward. I just threw it on with some jeans and booties. It’s not the most fashion-forward look of all time, but it’s easy to wear, very comfortable and cute. Of course, your fabric choice would significantly impact the finished look. The pattern design is simple so the fabric really has to carry the style. It’s really a blank slate for some great fabrics in your stash.
2020 is definitely the year that I started diversifying my makes with more casual and less trendy garments and this sweater is no exception. Sewing is sewing and if in the end you love what you made, who cares if it’s the trendiest thing in the world?!