Spring Sew-Along: M7547 Inspiration and Fabrics

McCall's M7547 Sew-AlongThis week in the sew-along we’re talking about style inspiration and suitable fabrics for M7547. I know many of you were thinking “Hmm, I’m not so sure the high-waist pants or overalls look is for me.” And I have to admit initially I had the same thought. But then I made a muslin of the flare pants, and readers, I like them on me!

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
My muslin before adding the waistband. I may omit the waistband because I do like them as is here. If I do, I’ll provide instructions on how to sew a waistband facing instead.

Let’s talk about suitable fabrics first. I made my muslin (View A, above) out of a lightweight cotton sateen with Lycra, and I was hoping this version would turn into a wearable muslin. While I do think they’re cute, I felt the fabric was too lightweight and would probably crease more than I like. So I’m making my “real” version from a floral stretch cotton twill I bought at the former Chic Fabrics in the garment district. It’s a little more substantial than the cotton sateen but lighter in weight than a denim.

Because this pattern is designed to have a close fit in the hip area, I strongly recommend you choose a woven fabric with Lycra in it. That bit of stretch will make wearing these pants more comfortable, I promise. Fabrics that work well for either the overalls or the pants include:

  • Stretch denim
  • Stretch twill
  • Jacquards with Lycra
  • bottomweight fabrics with Lycra
  • suitings with Lyrca
McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
Clockwise from top left: Jo-Ann Fabrics bottomweight stretch white denim; Fabric.com Telio Stretch Printed Denim Paisley Floral Dark Blue; Promenade Fabrics Cotton Pique Floral and Bird Print with Stretch; FabricMart Slate Blue/Black/White Cotton/Lycra Stripe Denim.

For your sewing inspiration we’ve created a Pinterest board filled with RTW styles to borrow:

More RTW style inspiration:

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
l-r: J Crew pants (nordstrom), French Connection overalls (Yoox.com), Fausto Puglisi pants (Frwd.com); Patrizia Pepe overalls (Yoox.com).


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A couple of sew-along notes: One, if you are ready to cut out your pattern, cut the waistband piece 1-2 inches longer than the pattern piece. This is not a mistake in the pattern—this is just a personal suggestion from me to make your sewing easier. When the instructions have you attach the waistband to the pants, we specify easing the pants to fit the waistband. If you make your waistband longer you don’t need to bother with easing and this step will be a lot faster and easier.

Two, we just created a Sew-Along group on Facebook for this. Joining the Facebook group is not necessary to participate in the sew-along, but I think the people who do join find it makes sewing together a lot more fun and personable. It’s a great way to make new sewing friends.

Next week: Amanda will be talking about sewing a muslin to assess fit. Stay tuned!

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  1. Thank you for sharing these about what types of fabrics to use. I’m very excited about this sew along. I’ve never made pants before.

  2. I’m so in love with the fit of your muslin! Thank you for the fabric suggestions…I’m really loving that navy paisley and the white denim.

  3. Really helpful for the beginners.To cut waistband 1-2 inches longer than pattern is really noted.The finishing and the design atlast matters.

  4. Hi Meg carter,
    The Post is Old But It Helped Me a Lot In Sewing Pant, As a Beginner In Sewing I Was Looking For Something Just Like This, Thanks

  5. I’m very excited to have a reason to sew for myself . I just wish I had seen this post sooner, but I will try to get something finished. Thanks for the motivation

  6. Hi! I’m new to sewing, but I’m going to try my hand at this.

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