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!
This is something that makes us really happy: when brides sew their wedding gowns using one of our patterns. Allie of the blog The Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs just posted about making this dress for her recent wedding, and she used one of our patterns, Retro Butterick 5748.
I think it’s a fair assumption that the McCall Pattern Company (Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns) has dressed more brides over the years than any other pattern company. We love that we’ve been a part of this important day for so many women.
I have a daughter and I sew, but she says I will not be making her wedding dress. (Mind you, her future wedding is still years away.) She says I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to sewing, and that if I did make her dress I’d be fixated on all the little mistakes in it that only I can see. My daughter knows me so well.
Would you ever make a wedding gown, for yourself or your daughter? Or maybe you’ve sewn one already and lived to tell the tale. Leave a comment here and tell us your thoughts on making a wedding gown. Thanks for stopping by!
Are you on Pinterest? We are and we’ve just created a new board you might be interested in. It’s a community board where you can pin photos of the things you make with our patterns. We’ve gotten it started with a few pins but it needs more. Having your photos here will also help us keep our fan gallery updated on this blog (at bottom of this page), and we also like to have images to post on our customer board at our NYC office.
Here’s how you can add pins of your Butterick, Vogue Patterns, McCall’s and Kwik Sew makes to the board: 1) Provide a link to your personal Pinterest page, either by leaving it in a comment here or by emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) Follow this board (in order to add anyone to a group board, both parties have to follow at least one board from the other’s Pinterest account).
That’s all there is to it! We’re excited to have a Pinterest board filled with all the great things you sew with our patterns.