We Entertained!

Group blogger selfie at the McCall Pattern Company Open House and Trunk Show event.

This Tuesday we hosted an open house and trunk show for a small group of NYC-area bloggers, sewing educators, sewing writers, and sewing fans. First we took everybody on a tour of our headquarters, showing them everything from the patternmaking department to the photo studio. Then we gave them a mini trunk show of the garments from our fall pattern lines, including several pieces from the latest Vogue Patterns collection. After that, we all gathered in our fabric library for mingling and talking about our favorite things—sewing and patterns!

We had such a good time hosting this event that we’re considering holding a few trunk shows around the country. But the next place you’ll definitely see us is at the American Sewing Expo in September. We have a booth and are sponsoring a number of events. Hope to see you there!

Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
Mingling in the Fabric Library.
Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
We love that so many guests wore our patterns!
Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
Getting a closer look at Vogue Pattern 8991 jacket by Claire Shaeffer.
Frank Rizzo, president and CEO of the McCall Pattern Company, welcoming guests.
Frank Rizzo, president and CEO of the McCall Pattern Company, welcoming guests.
photo from the McCall Pattern Company Open House & Trunk Show, July 2014.
Vogue Patterns Magazine editor Kathy Marrone showing guests the muslin for V9040 coat, as part of her talk on the steps to making a pattern.
Melissa Watson, McCall pattern designer, explaining her design process to guests at McCall's open house and trunk show.
Melissa Watson, one of McCall’s licensees, explaining her design process and how she works with McCall’s.
Guests at McCall's open house touring the NYC headquarters.
Walking through the patternmaking area at McCall’s.
Guests at the McCall Pattern Company open house & trunk show.
Group shot in our photo studio. Loved having these people here!

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22 comments
  1. I look forward to seeing you at the ASE. I did one of your focus groups last year and it was so much fun.

  2. Fun to see so many sewing luminaries!

  3. Thanks so much for having us! What a fun night!

  4. a great time!!!! and truly lovely people, all around.

  5. Really loved the peek behind the scenes! Thanks for the fun time!

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  7. Oh wow, I’m so jealous!!! What an awesome experience!

  8. I’m jealous too! It looks like it was such a fab time.

  9. I am looking forward to your future blogposts. This is a wonderful idea and the outreach so appreciated. Thank you for your efforts.

  10. Omg! That looks so fun. I am seriously jealous. What a cool opportunity!

  11. I recognize at least four (Carolyn, Ginger, Peter and Oona) of the sewing luminaries, but wouldn’t it be nice to have links (or at least the names?) to the blogs of these folks?

  12. I have always sewn with Buttterick patterns; until recently. The patterns had great style and you always had many designer styles. However, since being purchased by Mccalls the patterns have become more and more dowdy or just unwearable. I regret that I now purchase mostly from SImplicity. Please give me clothes with real style and wearablilty, I love classic clothes with style details. I really love to sew with Butterick and want to purchase your patterns. I check every time you issue new patterns and last time couldn’t even find 1 garment that I would wear.Please remember that each pattern company seems to have a distinctively different customer. I almost never find anything I like in the Mccalls book and very litte in the Vogue book. Thank you.

  13. This looks so fun!! Glad everyone had such a great time. 🙂

  14. Looks like a great time. I am so jealous. It would have been great to attend not only to get the behind the scenes look but also to meet some great blogists. As Tammy said – would love to have seen a blog role or list as I am always looking for good blogs to read especially plus sized. Most would recognise Carolyn however there are a couple of other plus sized guests there and being a plus size I would love to check out their blogs.

  15. BTW – how about extending your pattern size range?

  16. I’m so sad that work got the better of my day and I had to miss out! It looks like y’all had an amazing time.

  17. I am so sad I had to miss out on this. I hope you have another one, I’d love to come see how it all works behind the scenes!

  18. Yay, thanks for the fun event! It was nice getting to meet so much of the staff and to learn more about the process. Also great seeing other sewers. I forgot to ask Peter how he was planning on getting his prize basket home since he rode a bike there. That would be a sight to see.

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