My closet is getting way more colorful than it used to be.


I completed the second cardigan from McCall’s 7331.


I have the cardigan now in Snorkel Blue ponte from Hancock’s, and also in a lovely coral ponte knit from Fabric Genie.



I made the tops in pale pink, dark blue, and pale blue. I mixed them in with some cotton shirts in the same colors.


I made the pants in Snorkel blue, Iced Coffee, and black. That’s eight pieces from McCall’s 7331, all very easy to make and comfortable to wear.


I added the Style Arc pants in gray.


Here’s an unconstructed jacket from Coldwater Creek in tones of coral with touches of green, brown, and black. I have plenty of green clothing to wear with this, too, including the peasant blouse in the shot above.


My other new piece of clothing is this gray knit from Philosophy.

All together, the eight pieces from McCall’s 7331, the Syle Arc pants, two new jackets and one shirt in a smaller size, and half a dozen coordinating shirts from the back of my closet add up to a nice spring wardrobe, completed shortly after the first day of spring.

McCall’s 7331 is a great wardrobe builder if a comfortable unconstructed look works for your lifestyle. Certainly it’s great for weekend or vacation — choice of fabric determines the effect. Silk, rayon, or bamboo jerseys would give a completely different effect from the cotton interlocks and ponte knits I used.

Each piece can be made in an afternoon, and a long weekend would be enough for an efficient seamstress to create a travel wardrobe capsule.

MCCall’s 7331, Part I

MCCall’s 7331, Part II

Style Arc Elle pants