McCalls 7198 – Test Shorts

We have huge storms rolling though Kansas this evening, so I had some time to spend in the sewing room.  I picked this pattern up over the weekend and wanted to try it out so I looked in the scraps and found some old fleece.

This is a size 14.  I didn’t measure my hips, but they’re usually between 38 and 39 inches.  What intrigued me about this pattern is the fact that FOR ONCE, the ease in it is actually NEGATIVE!!!!!  A 14 has finished measurments of 36.5, I think.   GO MCCALLS!!!!!!!!  Finally!!!!!!!!  I’ve been sewing for 8 or 9 years, and this is the first pant pattern from them that I’ve seen with negative ease, designed to get you the look on the cover.

Here’s the cover, by the way.

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Look at that fitted look on the model!

Okay, so here’s the look on me…  Please excuse any goofy faces.  🙂  I was concentrating!

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Soooo, they actually sew up like the package says they will!!!!!  YEAH!!!!!  I made these without any adjustments, but if I were going to change things (and I will), I’d lower the front a bit and raise the center back an inch an a half or so tapering to nothing at the sides.  But…I can’t complain about the pattern because these are both standard adjustments for me.  In the picture, these are unhemmed and I do not have the elastic in.

I may finish these, I may not.  I really just wanted to test the ease and I’m thrilled to say that McCalls got it right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Sewing!

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2 Responses to McCalls 7198 – Test Shorts

  1. Always nice to test a pattern out first. The fit looks great. Looks like you have your TNT shorts pattern now!

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