McCalls 7660 Pattern Review

For 2020 I want to be able to provide my readers with more information instead of a “look what I made” type of posts. So for my first informative post of 2020, it will be an in depth review of one of my favorite patterns – McCalls 7660.

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On the McCalls site, it says that M7660 is out of print but is still available to purchase as a PDF download. I do not have any experience purchasing any Big 4 patterns through the PDF download option. If you have any experience with this, please let me know in the comments.

Firstly, when I look at the Big 4 patterns I always always look at the real life model. When I first seen the model for M7660 – it reminded me a lot like McCalls 7800. M7800 is from the 2018 fall line. The sleeves are very similar. Both M7800 and M7660 are out of print but are available for PDF download.

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Lets start off with, I absolutely love both patterns and wear them the most in my me-made wardrobe! I’ve made M7800 twice – once in a Woven and once in a knit. To be honest, the woven version is beautiful, however, I found it tight in the armscye with wear. I might chop the dress and make a skirt with the fabric for the spring/summer months.

 

Let’s get back on track with the review of M7660. McCalls 7660 calls for moderate stretch knits such as: sweater knits, ponte and cotton knits. The first version as seen below, I made with a cotton knit from Fabricville (one of my favorite fabrics from Fabricville). It has an amazing stretch and recovery.

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The second version of M7660 I made was using a sweater knit from my local Fabricland. The sweater knit that I used doesn’t have as good of an recovery like the cotton knit that I used before. The sweater knit feels a little larger than the cotton knit.

Both versions I made in a size 14 with a small bust adjustment in view B. However, I did lengthen the sweater knit version. Instead of cutting the pattern at the cutting line for view B, I cut at the view A cutting line.

I’m a huge huge fan of sweaters with cuffs, it’s the most comfortable thing ever….in my own opinion.  M7660 has quite of few options for the neckline, sleeves and hem. You could easily mix and match the options for a unique look.

  • The neck options are: mock turtle neck, v-neck and v-neck with a tie
  • The sleeve options are: cuffed, no cuff or a small bishop sleeve with a cuff.
  • You can lengthen or shorten the sweater to your desired length, you could even make a sweater in a tunic length.

Similar Options:

Now, for the fun part….find patterns with a similar silhouette so that you could recreate this pattern if you wish.

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First off, I believe The Pixie Tee by Chalk & Notch Patterns is a similar option! I have a plan to make a long sleeve version B, with the tie detail from version A.

 

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If your looking for a version with a similar neck line, The Nikko Top by True Bias is the way to go. Michele made a beautiful long sleeved Nikko in a beautiful speckled fabric!

 

 

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If you are a fan of the Big 4 patterns, Simplicity 8947 has a similar but different take on the pattern. The Simplicity pattern is for a longer dress/tunic version with very similar sleeve options as well as a hood option.

There you have a few different options if you want to make a sweater similar to M7660 but can’t get a hold of the pattern. I hope you found this style of blog post helpful in your sewing journey!

Thanks for reading!

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