Sewing Pattern Review – McCall’s 7661 trouser pattern
Shauni Sanderson of www.magnificentthread.com reviewed McCall’s M7661 trouser pattern for us, this pattern comes as a cover gift with Issue 62 of Love Sewing. Find out how she got on sewing up these side stripe wide leg trousers.
McCall’s M7661 trouser pattern review
If it isn’t the ‘year of the trouser’ for everyone else, then it certainly has been for me. The McCall’s 7661 might just be my favourite trouser patterns of the ones I’ve sewn up – this is my third pair and I’d say they’re the best yet!
The high-waisted trousers are really easy to both put together and wear, with the different views offering a few variations for the legs – either a more voluminous culotte and full length style, or the slimmer, but still fairly loose fitting leg with the option of contrast size panels. I opted for the latter and a tie waist for this pair with View A.
With winter in mind, I picked a soft, textured charcoal flannel suiting from www.minervacrafts.com priced at £7.99 per metre. I wanted a side panel that popped, so I had lots of colours to choose from with the luxurious Atelier Brunette Viscose Crepe. I eventually picked the ‘Tangerine’ colourway, priced at £15.99 per metre and also from Minerva Crafts. The crepe was a little lighter than I anticipated, so I got around this by doubling up my fabric for the side panel. (Eagle-eyed readers might also notice that I managed to squeeze a matching Reeta Shirt out of my leftovers too)!
The pattern has a lot of included ease, so I picked my size based on the finished garment measurements for the waist: a size 12, despite my measurements aligning more closely to the size 14. The fit through the hip is nice and relaxed, especially as the trousers are quite heavily gathered into the front waistband, so it’s really only the waist that needs to fit snugly. A little tip for finding the finished waist measurement: check the waistband pattern pieces closely as you won’t find it on the pattern envelope!
The trousers fasten with a centred lapped zipper at the back, but I swapped mine out for an invisible zip as I prefer the method and finish. From wearing my other pairs, I’ve also found that using a 10″ zipper makes them much easier to wiggle on and off than the recommended length of 9″. Other than that, I made the pattern straight from the envelope with no problems or adjustments!
This pattern is definitely a good introduction for anyone feeling a little tentative about trouser making, but with plenty of options for the bolder wearer to get creative with. The loose fit around the hips makes them both flattering and easy to fit. I love the contrast side panel and I can see myself playing with this again for version four, five and maybe more!
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