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McCall's 6603 - Grey Oversized Sweater

McCall's 6603

Hooray for busting some fabric out of deep stash! This sweater knit has been with me for a few years. It survived a couple of purges, but I always had a hard time deciding what exactly it should be. At some point, I bought a piece of matching Ultrasuede. I assume I had a plan in mind then, but it never happened. When I saw McCall's 6603, this fabric came to mind.

When I actually got around to making this top, I struggled to remember what I was actually thinking when I ordered this pattern. After a quick-and-dirty muslin, I ended up combining views A and D and significantly shortening the length.

McCall's 6603

I used the Ultrasuede for a hem band and the sleeve bands. Getting the corner mitered appropriately was done without any precision or calculating - just guessing and testing. I did have to do a wee bit of trimming after the stitching was done to get the edge sharp.

McCall's 6603

The pattern for the hem band in View D is a separate piece added on to the bottom. I didn't want that much bulk or the added length, so I just stitched the band on top of the bottom edge. 

McCall's 6603

The sleeve bands, however, did require self facing so there is a little more bulk there and the armholes are a little more rigid than I'd like. I just trimmed the extra off near the stitching on the inside.

McCall's 6603

Other random notes about the pattern:
  • The cowl piece has some shaping along the back seam.
  • I sized down one size from the envelope recommendation, but with this oversized style fit isn't much of an issue.
  • Assembling the pattern is very quick and easy. I spent way more time deciding what to do with the pattern options/fabric combos and how to do it than I did actually sewing it up.

McCall's 6603

I received a few compliments the day I wore it and people seemed genuinely surprised that I made it - not something that happens all that often anymore with people who know that I sew.

McCall's 6603

I also made the black long-sleeved T in the photos. From two short-sleeved mini-dresses. Because I thought that would be simpler. It wasn't. And that's all I've got to say about that. 


  1. super cute. i wish I could find some time to sew....

  2. The ultrasuede is a great way to finish off the sweater knit, and the colour match is perfect!

  3. Wow, this is such a cool looking sweater! Love it!

  4. What a great ending for the grey knit! See, it stayed with you for a reason! Your combo of pattern mixing and fabric is a great success.

  5. I'm commenting really late b/c I've fallen far behind in google reader and starting to catch up now. I'm so glad you made this top and reviewed it. I've wanted to sew this top but found the PR didn't show me a good example. I love how yours turned out - just was I was picturing it could be. Nice job and thanks for sharing it.


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