Friday, April 25, 2014

McCalls 5194

It's been a few weeks since I've posted.  Sometimes life is just flying by so quickly that there isn't time to get everything done!  I've been super busy over the last few weeks and haven't been sewing as much as I'd like to so I've decided to post something that although I made it a few years ago, it is still a favorite in my wardrobe.

This is McCall's 5194 - a Non-Stop Wardrobe pattern set that is now OOP.  It's a semi-fitted, lined jacket with princess seams, lined pockets with a contrasting band, two piece sleeves and a shaped hem with lots of contrasting bias binding around the edges.

Here is my version of the jacket.  The fabric is a brown/bluish green herringbone poly blend that drapes just beautifully.  The skirt is a Decades of Style pattern. The brown fabric for the bias binding is a poly stretch ultrasuede type fabric. I can't remember it's exact make-up, but I do remember that using it for the contrasting binding was a bit of a challenge.

Side view of the ensemble.

And here's the back.

I love the pockets on this pattern. They have a nice little pleat in the center front and are fully lined.  Lined pockets are a great added feature to any garment.  It's so nice to put your hand in the pocket and feel the silky fabric on the inside - it's like a little secret that only you know about.

The shoulders on this jacket are a bit "linebacker" looking and could probably do with being brought in 3/8" at the top of the shoulder.  Here's a closer look at the binding around the collar.  This involved alot of pinning and hand sewing to get the brown fabric to behave.

The binding on the curve around the bottom hem in the front was a little easier to sew than the sharper curve of the collar pieces.

Not to crazy of a lining on this jacket.  I did manage to find this sort of animal brown poly weave though.

I used the same brown for the undercollar.

This is one of those timeless garments that will be in my wardrobe for years.  If I ever get the urge to go horseback riding in the English Countryside, this jacket will be perfect. Pair it with a nice pair of riding pants and I'd be off!  Too bad I don't know how to ride a horse!

Until next time - Happy Sewing!


  1. Wow, this is so elegant! Beautiful and very skilled...don't get near a horse in that...riding is a very messy activity.

  2. Wow, that is beautiful! You did an awesome job!