Pattern Review: M6963 + S8389= Super cute short set.

I’d have to admit, I was not ready to make pants or shorts but, I’m happy I did! Don’t I look cute? Summer is around the corner and why not, why not wear shorts? I believe plus sized women and men can wear shorts. I follow so many great sewist on Instagram and there’s a sewalong for the newer Simplicity pants pattern. I like the sewalongs/challenges because there purpose is to push us and encourage us to step outside our comfort zones, mission accomplished!

For a while, I didn’t wear shorts, thunder and lightning love to eat my shorts and well, I didn’t want to be bothered.  It’s a new day and there has to be a way to wear shorts that are not form fitting with constantly tugging at them. 

The top pattern was one that I’ve made recently (but haven’t blogged about) and since I worked out the bugs in it as well, I figured I’d make one in a plain fabric to go with my “busy” shorts.  I do so much work on these patterns, fitting and fiddling, I’m going to start making more than one; it seems like such a waste to make one of a basic pattern and file it away.

Pattern Description:  
Mcalls 6963--Close-fitting, pullover tops have draped front neckline variations, narrow hem on back neckline, and stitched hems. A: Sleeveless and armhole bands. B: Short sleeves. C: Three-quarter length sleeves. D: Long sleeves.

Simplicity 8389-- Easy-to-sew Misses' pants with length variations are roomier at the top, making them the perfect pants to add to your summer wardrobe. Pattern includes long pants with a wide or narrow leg, a cropped wide leg pant, and shorts. All views have an elasticized waistband ending at the hip bone and finished off with a flat panel at front where you can add your choice of drawstring cord, tassels or a fabric-tie belt.

Pattern Sizing:  
16-24 (Top); 14-22 (shorts)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  
Yes, the top I sewed view b.  The Shorts, I sewed view c & View D modified.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  
Yes, both were easy enough for a beginner.  I found no errors in the instruction, however, on the top pattern, I sewed the sleeve in flat.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  
·        I like how easy the top is, the cowl front is flattering and a good way to use up a yard of knit.
·        I like the pants/shorts, I really like the elastic sides and back waistband on these shorts, it makes for a comfortable waist band and can lend itself to casual or work wear.

Fabric Used:
For the top, I used an ITY, I’ve made this before rib knit with a good drape and it didn’t tug across the front, I think it’s the fabric.
For the shorts, I used an African/Kente fabric from Joann’s fabric and a Rayon Challis from Joanns.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  
-For the top I cut a size 22 shoulder and did a forward shoulder adjustment
-I graded up the bust and side seams to a 24.
-I did a swayback adjustment
-I did a bicep adjustment

-I added three inches to the length
-I eliminated the pleats (3cm) and took it off the side seams.
-I did a 2.5 inch full butt adjustment.
For View C, I pegged the leg a bit so it wouldn’t be so boxy since I was using a cotton, in View D, I took the pants pattern and made them into shorts.

Would you sew it again? 
Yes!  I made a muslin and then two pairs of shorts so I’ve put the work in on the pattern, I will use it again.  

Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would say look at the finished measurements on the pants/shorts pattern, size 22 had six inches of ease, which is plenty, my normal 49” hip falls outside the 24 size range and this was sufficient.
The top is a basic layering piece, it comes with good instructions and alteration info on the pattern piece which is great for a beginner learning to fit patterns.
Tip/Technique- Full butt adjustment tutorial here/ video here.

Both patterns are good beginner patterns that are “basics”.

Up next, my review of the Cashmerette Springfield top x2.

I want to hear from you, do you make multiples of a pattern or are you a onetime maker?


  1. I am in awe of your sewing production, and all of your garments are gorgeous!


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