Pattern Review: McCall’s 8049
This is a set of three simple, collarless jackets with elastic encased between the jacket and lining hem allowances, which creates a gentle blouson effect. View A is a cropped style with short sleeves. View B is waist-length with a contrasting panel at the hem, and view C is thigh-length with side-seam pockets. View A does not have a closure, while views B and C close with hooks and eyes. Subtle shaping is worked into the side seams.
- All views have plenty of ease through the bust and hips but retain a semifitted look at the neckline and shoulders.
- There are plenty of match points and all correctly match up.
- If you choose faux fur, shave or trim the seam allowances to reduce bulk. Consider catch-stitching the seam allowances open in fabrics that cannot be pressed.
Our tester did not find any problems with the instructions. Possible modifications could be as simple as adding a mandarin collar cut as a straight band, or adding a center-front zipper closure in non-faux fur versions. This pattern is ideal for faux fur, fleece, minky, or velvet.
(Sized Misses’ S-XL [8–22] for busts 31.5–44 in.)
—Tested by Eve Kovacs, Woodridge, Illinois
Sewing tip: A parting comb or clean fork makes a handy tool to fluff out any faux fur strands caught in the seams.
This review was originally published in Threads #212, December 2020/January 2021. Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.
Illustrations by Steven Fleck.
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