McCalls Winter & Holiday Collection

McCalls winter

McCalls Winter & Holiday season release; Oooh, it’s certainly starting to feel like winter! So many Christmas parties, excuses to wear sequins and velvets, and lovely wool outerwear! McCalls has just released their collection of “Winter and Holiday” patterns, which is a nice way to term their winter release, giving a nod to a lot […]

McCalls Winter & Holiday season release; Oooh, it’s certainly starting to feel like winter! So many Christmas parties, excuses to wear sequins and velvets, and lovely wool outerwear!

McCalls has just released their collection of “Winter and Holiday” patterns, which is a nice way to term their winter release, giving a nod to a lot of glitzy evening wear. Gorgeous sequin gowns. Gold jacquard mini-dresses. Or maybe not. Maybe just lots of hideous fleece. Let’s dive in and see!

The Dresses: McCalls Winter & Holiday 2016/17

There are, of course, quite a few dress styles here. I’m going to review a few of them.

M7503: It’s kinda simple, but a good looking dress that could be made amazing with the right fabric. A continuous princess seam, which is interesting. And the ballgown style skirt gives an unusual silhouette. It goes up to a size 22, so not particularly expansive.

It does, however, have custom cup sizes which is useful for those up to a D-cup. I also found it interesting that one of the suggested fabrics is Novelty Stable Knits whatever that is… I’ve never seen “novelty” recommended.

McCalls 7503

M7505: I really like this pattern, it’s a very on-trend sleeve style, but it’s the sort of dress that only looks good on people with a certain body type. Still, I think it’d be gorgeous in all-black, maybe with some sparkle.

It goes up to a 22 so not a particularly expansive size-range. The line-art shows a sheer/lace overlay version so I expect this method is described in the instructions. It also states that it can be made in knits. I’m guessing something fairly stable like a ponte roma.

M7500: Oh god, what is this? Why? How is this winter? Why is it allowed to exist? OK I know the 70s vibe has been in fashion over the summer (even if I’m not a fan) but this is in no way wintery, and doesn’t have any of the nice detailing that make some of the 70s peasanty styles slightly appealing. This is just all-round frills and awfulness. I guess maybe the skirt ruffle coul work on something, but the awful smocked front? No. Nonono.

M7501: This is such an interesting pattern to me. It’s probably slightly more “demure” for a smarter event, due to the length and the arm coverage, but the glitzy Thoroughly Modern Millie hem on Variation C is just gorgeous. God knows how long it would take to make it, but it looks fab. It’s rare to see styles like this on dressmaking patterns so it’d nice that they’ve tried to incorporate something a little more RTW in this design.
The other variations are all great, basic patterns that could really be dressed up with an interesting fabric treatment. This pattern is also designed for knits, which is interesting for evening wear but has potential with the right fabric. I like! The shawl collar variation would be great in a nice dark wool jersey as an everyday dress.

Outerwear: McCalls Winter & Holiday 2016/17

I’m a little disappointed in the lack of outerwear, if I’m honest. I only count three outwear patterns in this collection. Here’s two of ’em.

M7511: This is part of the “Learn to Sew” range, so should be really simple. I’m a bit confused by it, if I’m honest. It looks to be a hoodie but the treatment they’ve given it makes it more like a faux fur jacket. It’s intereting, actually. I’ve never think to make this in anything fuzzy. I kinda like it. But I do wonder how it would look in the suggested sweatshirt fleece.

It also goes up to only a 26. Again, disappointing. This could have been a great contender for a full plus-size range.

I guess maybe it’s meant to be pyjamas?

M7513: There’s a reason they photographed the back as the main picture here; this jacket has a simply gorgeous pleated back feature. Sadly, the front isn’t up to much. I really think a nice, wide shawl collar would have done wonders here. Instead, the simple frontage has made it look all a bit to Mother of the Bride, but maybe it’s redeemable? I don’t really know how. But there must be something that can be done that doesn’t involve a dazzling brooch.

The recommendation for brocade is an interesting one. I can definitely see it working, but I fear it won’t make it any more youthful.

View the full McCalls Winter & Holiday range here

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Francesca Haselden

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