McCalls 7688 – Ruffled Sweatshirt

Hi loves!!! I’m alive. LOL I have been crazy busy between work, AAU basketball for one son and band for the other. HOLD UP – why didn’t you guys tell me that band life is INSANE. Besides all of the practice, the performance schedule is rigorous, like almost weekly and between reporting at the school sometimes as early as 4:00am, wait times, etc. the performance days are usually 10-12 hours, and the WEEKLY FEES gee whiz! But my little guy is AMAZEBALLS and I’ll do anything I can to keep a smile on that face.

Anyway, I digress.  I love this sweatshirt and I can’t wait to make more.

Pattern Review:

Pattern Description:  Loose fitting tops and dresses have sleeve variations. A, B, D: Sleeve and hem bands. C: Hood, hem band, pocket, sleeve casings with purchased ties. E: Sleeve bands, front casing with purchased ties.

Pattern Sizing: Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? YES!!!

Were the instructions easy to follow: The instructions for this were super easy, however, like most of the folks that I know who’ve made it, I attached the flounces with the raw edges under the flounce rather than on top of the flounce as instructed. I get the look they were going for and my daughter actually has a sweatshirt with that very look but it would need to be a bit gathered to look right, plus my fabric was just too thick for that.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I’m in love with anything that fits my beloved athleisure aesthetic. It’s functional and frilly all at the same time.

Fabric Used:  I used a sweatshirt fleece from Denver Fabric. This must have been some type of “premium” sweatshirt fleece because it was super thick. When wearing it, I kept thinking I had on a jacket because it was super cozy, I’m thinking of adding inseam pockets to a future version.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:</b> I didn’t make any design changes but I did make a 1″ pivot and slide FBA that I won’t make when I make this again. This pattern is really oversized which I do like but I will probably size down for my next one. I also added two inches to the hem which I did because I’m often sitting in bleachers somewhere and I wanted to avoid constantly checking to be sure I’m not flashing someone and it worked perfectly.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I absolutely plan to sew this and other views of this pattern, so much so, that I bought two copies of the pattern.

Conclusion:  This is a great, stylish sweatshirt pattern with lots of options. It works up quickly (even though it took me a month but that’s a story for another time). I’d recommend this to sewers of all levels.


I gave up fighting the wind and trying to get the flounces to lay flat during the photos.


Love the way the wind is hitting the ruffles.


A view from the back.


When people don’t let you know they are still taking your picture. LOL

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