December 21, 2013

Pattern Review: McCall's 6848 Miss' Loungewear Shorts

By Mary Ryan


Thinking about making McCall's 6848 pattern of miss' loungewear and want to know about our experience with it? Read on!

Miss Gwen here, seamstress and class teacher at Selvedge Studio.


Pattern Description: Miss' lounge wear suitable for soft, luxurious fabrics.

Pattern Sizing: Made in a medium--my own measurements are in between M & L, but I didn't want the shorts to be too baggy, so I went with the smaller size.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, besides modifications made.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Super basic shorts pattern, so I didn't even look at the directions during the process. Reviewing the directions afterwards shows them to be easily followed.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I chose this pattern because of the curved (dolphin) hem on the legs. This project was inspired by a pair of lounge shorts from Free People with ruffles and ribbon bow, and we wanted to make a Selvedge version of them.

Fabric Used: 18% silk/82% rayon velvet for shorts, 100% silk ribbon for bow.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Instead of using the ruffle included in the pattern, I chose to make a ruffled lace trim (using a ruffler foot on our ELNA machine) and sew it onto the hem of the shorts and continue up the side seams. Double casing for elastic waist band using 3/4" elastic, rather than a single casing. I tacked down a ribbon bow onto the center front waistband.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would, as this pattern will be used for a class at Selvedge Studio in February! Silk velvet is not easy to cut/sew with, but the pattern itself does not add other complications into the mix. I would definitely recommend the pattern to someone wanting lounge wear with a basic design and easy details.

Conclusion: Easy pattern, good directions, and successful project. Material choices will change the level of sewing difficulty. I'm curious to make the romper as well, I think it would be adorable!


lounge shorts from Free People  

Inspiration: lounge shorts from Free People



Front and Back View



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