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Bell-Sleeve Coat | 360-Degree View

Aug 21, 2019
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Add historical style to your wardrobe with McCall’s 7879. The sleeves are reminiscent of the 1770s and 1890s, while the skirt sections reflect the 1950s. The fully lined coat has a notched collar and a fitted bodice with waist darts, as well as style options for the skirt and sleeves. Skirt options are: semicircular, ending at the mid-thigh; straight, ending at midthigh; or straight, ending at the knee. The straight skirt has waist tucks in front and darts in back and features a six-button closure. The semicircular skirt version features a three-button closure. Both skirt styles have in-seam pockets. Sleeve choices are: full length straight; full length with a gathered bell beginning at the elbow; and a leg-of-mutton sleeve gathered at the sleeve cap and fitted below the elbow. Completing the look is a self-fabric belt. Sew it in wool coating, flannel, or brocade. (Sized Misses’ 6–22 for busts 30.5–44 in. and hips 32.5–46 in.)

—Tested for Threads #205 (Oct./Nov. 2019) Pattern Review department by Toby Barton, Winsted, Connecticut


The garment shown is sewn as view B in a lofty wool and cotton blend coating from The thick fabric made it difficult to sew the self-fabric belt, so slightly lighter coatings and fabrics may work best. Choose your lining with care, as it will show in the inside of the bell sleeves and the semicircular skirt during wear.

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