Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pattern Review McCall's 4745

Here's the original post for this completed costume.

Here's my pattern review:

Pattern Description: Men's Civil War Costumes  (I used view A as it slightly resembled the uniform Prince William wore on his wedding day and I was making this as a Halloween costume)

Pattern Sizing: S, M, L
I cut a Medium

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except I made it in red and added several extra details to make it look like a Royal Wedding uniform for Halloween.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Not really.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that the pattern also included pants (although I only cut the pants and did not finish sewing them). I'm not a fan of the button fly, but it makes sense for being a costume for that period.

I did not like the directions. Honestly, after a bit of frustration I just folded up the instructions and did what made sense.

I also did not like the shoulders! I read other reviews about this and completely agree. I tried sewing the sleeves on as the pattern called just to see how "gathered" the sleeves really were. They were VERY gathered. I tried smoothing things out with the sleeves and it looked a little better, but they didn't lay quite right.

Fabric Used: Cotton

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The shoulders were gathered so I tried making them regular.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew it again, but would ignore the directions right away next time! I also would cut the sleeves differently from the start to prevent the gathering instead of trying to fix it later.

I would recommend this, but not for beginners. Just be aware that the directions are less than helpful and be prepared to go it alone!

Conclusion: The directions weren't very helpful, but the pattern turns out well if you just do what makes sense. But, the shoulders are gathered, so make changes to the sleeves before getting started if that's not the look you're going for.


  1. Great costume! Wow! Looks tremendous! I'm sewing this now for my 12 year-old son. I'm having a terrible time with the sleeves! So much gathering, they are puffed sleeves. Not at all the look a sixth grade boy is going for. How did you alter the sleeves? I am at a loss. :Thanks!

  2. Hi I was wondering how the sizing works. I saw you are using the same size pattern I am for my Fiance' M.Bison costume. He is 5'7" with a medium build 38S in suit sizes. 38" Chest and 32" waist on the pants. I was hoping you could help me on choosing between the Medium and the Large. The Medium jacket says (38-40) I was not certain if that was for a man that wears (38-40) or that was how big the finished size was. When I look at the pants size I notice there are no waist measurements, just the pants width size. If you could help me out that would be great.

  3. if anyone is aware of a tutorial or video of this pattern(Mccalls 4745) please let me know via email


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