McCall’s M6782: all made of towels

the pattern:
McCall’s M6782 CHILDREN’S/BOYS’/GIRLS’ TOPS AND JACKETS, copyright 2013 The McCall Pattern Co.
Bought this one on $1 clearance sale in 2013, when my little boy was a baby and I had no time for sewing, but figured I’d store this away for some future day when I can make him a hoodie with cat ears. Someday.

  

I love this cover art.
The little girl is like, “Mason. Honey. You can turn off the Blue Steel now. No one is looking.” And he’s like, “That’s where you’re wrong, Daenerys. My fans are always looking.”

 

Instead of hoodie with cat ears, I made him this:
It’s a bathrobe!

   

the fabric:
Towels! We had six of these green towels. They are small, just his size. I used three to make this robe, so now he has three towels and an Exactly Matching robe.
Matching as in same color, same amount of fade, same occasional bleach spots, same worn-in softness.

  

Just one button.
The center back seam in the collar and body are topstitched to keep them nice and flat.
Hems and edges are overlocked, because I want the robe to dry as quickly as possible so I avoided double-layering the fabric where ever possible. Nice thing about sewing with towels: both sides are the face, so a garment with a collar that rolls out doesn’t require a double layer or facing at the lapel and collar.

  
  

See above: one of those is a towel, one is a robe! Hahahhaaha!
See below: I made a muslin so I could figure out the shawl collar, which is not part of the original pattern. Here you can see the shape of the new front pieces I ended up with. The shape I was going for was that cocoon silhouette that men wore in big bulky fur coats in the 1920’s. 

 

Sew It or Throw It:
Sew It.
I haven’t truly made this pattern yet anyway, just used it as a jumping off point.
One interesting thing about this pattern: all the pieces are printed with the words CHILDRENS’/GIRLS’, which, as the mother of a boy, I suppose I could get all up in arms about, but meh.

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11 thoughts on “McCall’s M6782: all made of towels

  1. So funny Linda, my son does blue steel sometimes when he’s hamming it up! I wonder if you could explain the drafting of a shawl collar. I like them a lot and I’m just not sure where to start or in fact why it has the back of the collar cut onto the front (front facing). What am I missing, there must be a reason but its evading me? A book reference would do in fact, I’ve tried looking it up before…

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    1. The toile or muslin is exactly right, but you don’t need the seam because it can be grown on. The extension for the back neck needs to measure the same as the bodice back neck. This and the joining of the extension are the only two seams you need to form the shawl collar. Then the facing finishes it off. I do like a shawl collar too!

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    2. Basically, if you think about a regular mens’ Notched Collar suit jacket, the lapel is created by rolling open the center front.
      That would make a really narrow and boring lapel though, so we add interest by extending beyond the center front —or as Linda says, it is grown on— and angling downward from the original neckline. Style dictates how much we exaggerate the point, which originally was simply the center front neck opening.
      The back collar of a man’s jacket is basically a stand collar that is heightened so that it stands up and then falls, rolling out over itself at the back neck and rolling open at the new front line where it meets the lapel.
      (This is not taking into account facings and stuff, just the simple theory at play)
      The back collar piece is seamed to the lapel as it would be if it were a simple neckline, but now the neckline of the lapel is angled downward and extended so the collar ends before it reaches the end of the lapel. This space creates the notch.
      When making a shawl collar, we close and eliminate that seam and notch, and create a new seam at the center back neck.
      This means we cut the suit front, lapel, and collar as one, as you can see in the muslin. (The seams in the muslin are how I worked out the shape, if I did a paper pattern I’d eliminate those seams)
      One cool thing about shawl collars is that the center back seam automatically falls on the bias, which is what we want for a smooth roll.
      I have a nice old tailoring manual with the excellent and super informative title of A Tailoring Manual (by Gertrude Strickland, copyright 1956, The MacMillan Company) that I look through every now and then for tailoring help. I recommend it if you can find it, but I also think the best way to figure this stuff out is just find a garment you are interested in and take it apart.
      Bonus points if you can put it back together!

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      1. I know right? I remember hearing in 2013 or so that Khaleesi was enjoying a spike in baby-name popularity. Maybe just in the United States? I have yet to meet a Khaleesi or a Daenerys, but its still early days.
        Arya is trending too, but I find that less surprising as I’m pretty sure that name predates George R. R. Martin.

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