McCall’s M7260 Jacket in Cloud9 Barkcloth
The idea of making a jacket or coat can be intimidating, but with a simple pattern and the right fabric it’s easier than you might think!
M7260 from McCall’s
Unlined vest and jacket have notched collar, French darts and fold-back facings. Pullover top is sleeveless and has bias neck and armhole facings, shaped hemline (wrong side may show) and narrow hem. All are loose-fitting. Semi-fitted pants have side pockets. View D has waist and leg bands, and View E has elasticized waist and leg casings.
A5 is sizes 6-14 and E5 is 14-22. Bonnie made this version in a size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. This jacket has an open front, as pictured, so if you want to be able to close/overlap the front be sure to extend the front pieces!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, and in fact the instructions include instructions for alterations, which is helpful!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Bonnie liked the simple design, and that it’s not fitted. The collar is also really well-designed, making this a good pattern for sewers with less experience.
A gorgeous Cloud9 Garden Variety Barkcloth. It’s 100% cotton, and a nice weight for a fall (or spring) jacket — not too light, not too heavy. (Here are some other barkcloths. For a heavier jacket, try it in a moleskin!)
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Bonnie brought in the shoulders slightly, so that section of the jacket is closer to a size 10. She double top-stitched the sleeves, and faced the hem, undercollar, and pockets with a coordinating fabric for just a bit of interest! She also added the optional pockets included in the pattern. In order to make this more functional as a jacket, rather than a top, she added buttons and buttonholes.
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes and yes! This could be made in a variety of different fabrics depending on the season, and used as a lightweight top or an actual jacket. Plus it’s a great pattern for someone new to outerwear. Bonnie now plans to make up the vest view of this pattern — stay tuned for that review!