McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun”

Perhaps you remember?  I wanted to make a shrug to match this dress

Then my eyes fell on this cardigan.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the pattern envelope and found out it was a circle with sleeves.  I have seen these patterns on Pinterest (for free).  This is going to be easy!

McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun” pattern M7055

I cut out my two pattern pieces from some black ponte knit in my fabric stash.

I had to chase Sophie away the whole time!

The body of the cardigan was exactly the same size of my Queen sized bed!

This is how it looked on me.

A bit too big!  🙁


I couldn’t decide if I looked like a superhero…
or a vampire!

So I put it on Dolly and chalked where I wanted the collar and the hem to end.  Comparing it to my favourite sweater.

Much better!

Seriously, every time I place something down carefully a cat or two will rush to join me!

Ok, so it’s not a shrug … but at least it’s not a vampire cape anymore!

But here’s where it got weird.  I wanted to finish the edge with piping, but I did not want the wrong side of the piping to show at all, and it would since the front drapes and ruffles so much and shows the wrong side of the fabric.  A solution…

I sewed the piping on the wrong side.
Folded it to the right side once and pinned it down all around.
See the piping would not be hidden.
So, I then folded it to the right side again and sewed it down.

When the piping was finally sewn on it looked like this… I love it!  It is more than just piping.


Now for the bad news.  I seem to have a shortage of piping.  As a matter of fact, I needed twice as much as I had.  There was NO WAY I was going to the fabric shop today to buy more.  They are having a “Valentine’s Day SALE!”.

So this is why you won’t see any photos of me wearing my unfinished cardigan-that-should-have-been-a-shrug-because-then-I-would-have-had-enough-piping!  🙂 First chance I get I’m stopping by the fabric shop and buying more piping.  Perhaps I will even go in the fabric shop with only $5.00 so I don’t come home with MORE fabric!

I promise, as soon as I finish, I will post photos of my shrug cardigan!

I hope you had a lovely day, whether Valentines are important to you or not, and Happy Sewing!

36 thoughts on “McCall’s “Learn to Sew for Fun”

  1. Definitely better shorter, and the piping finishes it off lovely – or it will when you get a bit more! 😃

  2. Bless you for debugging this pattern. I am a narrow backed crone- those arm holes will be treacherous if I just blaze along without modifying!
    You win here.

    1. I was thinking the same as I was cutting. I was certain that uniformly placing armholes “right there” would certainly not work for everyone. We ladies are all unique!

  3. Could you hear me say, “Oh no!” When I read the part about running out of piping. I once made a cape and it had piping around the edge. I ran out too! I think I needed to buy somewhere between 6 and 8 meters. Your cats are very cute and fluffy. My dog does similar antics but he’s not fluffy. Looking forward to seeing the finished shrug. 😊

    1. Yes it happens to all of us, I guess! Thanks for reading and commenting. I’ll be sure to show it off when I’ve finished!

  4. I had a nice Heart Day… Saw Deadpool… had a burger and beer w/ my brother… and then sewed the rest of the day. Am working on some Pokemon Carolyn PJ’s for my eldest daughters bday… Hopefully I will catch a picture of you wearing your cardigan on IG when you finish it!!

    1. That does sound like a nice day! I’ll be sure to post the finished cardigan here, there and everywhere! 😄

  5. I love your cardigan! I made a circle cardigan in 2015 and ended up finishing the edges with a overlock stitch because I couldn’t figure out how to do the piping thing. What a clever why to do it!

    1. The pattern did have instructions on a couple of ways to hem the cardigan. That impressed me. But me and instructions don’t always get along when I get another idea in my head!

      1. I hear ya! Your idea turned out so well!

  6. Oooh I like that piping! Makes the whole thing look classier

  7. A vast improvement – love your earlier shots when it’s over your head – very funny!

    1. Thank you! I just had to do those shots…the pattern was so BIG! 😄

  8. Almost done, so annoying when that happens! You turned the piping into binding! Good plan, it makes a lovely finished edge.
    Looks great and it’ll become one of those go to cardis that suit loads of outfits.
    And the cats always love to give a helping paw!!

    1. Thank you! And I guess I should thank the cats for the help too!

  9. I love the piping and given that you ran out of piping before you could finish the cape, er, shrug, I suggest you make a tea, grab the Valentine’s chocolates and relax in front of the TV. That’s the best way to ensure that all is right with the world. 🙂

    1. Your plan is the best I have heard yet! Thanks!

  10. Now, you must be strong and get that $5, go to the fabric store, buy the piping and leave the store quickly. Just remember, bon bons wait for you at home. I love the shrug, oh caped crusader.

    1. Funny girl! Yes, I’m thinking about giving it a shot Friday after work.

  11. It must have been a bit annoying to discover that the pattern was the same as the free ones. I was sent the instructions by Ruth (Core Couture) and intend to make one soon. If I pipe it I will double check requirements before starting! Perhaps you could send a cat to help me out 😉

    1. Yes it was a surprise to realize it was just a circle. Fortunately the pattern was on sale for $3.99. It would be a good purchase for a beginner, but I didn’t think it increased my knowledge base any. I would have loved to learn how they decided where to put the armholes, although the I know that the width of my back is an important measurement, among others, but this pattern didn’t teach me anything really. It just gave me the answers (where to put the armholes). I will not be swayed by the envelope photo on “Learn to Sew for fun” patterns in future. There are other patterns more complicated that I can learn from. But that’s a lesson learned too, I guess!

    2. Oh yes, and the cats just LOVED helping with the piping!

  12. So much better shorter and love the piping effect too. A great rescue!
    Also loving your cats’ attempts at helping, mine is just as eager to join in 😉

  13. Oh the piping is perfect! It looks so classy! And cat approved, so that’s always a plus. Frustrating to run out so near the end….but you will prevail! (you just might be a sewing super hero….)

  14. I prefer the short version too, but the pics with the ‘cape’ were cracking. Your cats seem to be playing the role of weights on fabric, they are very cute. Looking forward to seeing it finished once you have the piping!

    1. Sometimes taking photos is quite fun! The cats would be great weights… If they only sat still for a minute!

  15. Vampire? I was thinking “Executioner!” LOL! I love your edits to the cardigan and the trick with the piping–clever! I also love the last photo on the bed wherein Sophie has assumed what we refer to in our house as the “loaf” pose. 🙂 (How do they always know when we’re working on something?!?)

    1. Thank you! You must watch the same kinds of movies/games as my son. He thought I looked like some kind of assassin. Yes, Sophie likes doing that. Yesterday she fell asleep like that and her head fell forward, nose buried in the blanket. Cats are amusing!

  16. What a naughty project this has turned out to be …very frustrating. Mind you, downsized it is looking good, and that piping certainly give it an edge, pardon the pun. Good luck with finding more.

    1. Thank you! I am on the hunt for piping tomorrow. It has been a mixed up couple of months around here. I haven’t been able to sew or blog as much as I wanted. But that’s ok, things will settle down soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  17. How funny! Never seen a pattern like it! I’m glad you didn’t pay much for it 😉. Hope you get some more piping soon. After your adjustments it’s going to look great!

    1. Well, it certainly looked great on the tiny model on the envelope cover! Hopefully I will be at the fabric shop today… And come out with a a purchase of piping only (not fabric!).

      1. Ha ha – good luck with that! 😉

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