TGIF: Sew Along, the Yeah Yeah Yeah Jacket, And More

#V1467SewAlong on the House of Pinheiro

Congratulations on making it to Friday! Yay! The weekend and lots of sewing lies ahead.

But first, let’s check in on the V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along. This week through Sunday co-host Rachel is walking us through steps 9-29 and 35-37; click here. Next week Meg Carter will be back on this blog with steps 30-34 and 38-54. How is everyone doing with their pea coats?

The "Yeah Yeah Yeah Jacket" pattern by Butterick. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Happy 75th birthday to John Lennon. We found this mid-1960’s Butterick pattern in the archives a few weeks ago and thought it was perfect to share today.

McCall Pattern Company employees at 2015 NY Comic Con in costumes they made from McCall's and Butterick patterns.

The McCall Pattern Company is at NY Comic Con this week in booth 937. Stop by and talk cosplay sewing with us if you’re going. Above are Gillian Conahan, assistant editor of Vogue Patterns Magazine, and Chris Lipert Gill, art director at the McCall Pattern Company, in fantastic costumes they made themselves.

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Don’t forget to enter our Halloween Giveaway! Details here.

Finally, because it is that time of year, here’s a look back at some costume patterns in our archives:

Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
1940’s costumes. Love the space guy on the left.
Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Costume patterns from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Mary Poppins!
Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Costume patterns from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Aww, E.T.!

New Pattern Giveaway. Plus, Periscoping!

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TGIF! To celebrate the first week of fall and this gorgeous weather we’re having here in NYC, let’s do a pattern giveaway. To enter, visit the new Vogue Patterns winter/holiday collection we just released and choose your favorite new pattern. Then leave a comment here telling us why you’d like to win it. One random winner will be selected next week and notified via this post. Good luck! You can also enter to win a new pattern on our Instagram account. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

9/30/15 UPDATE: Congratulations to Cherry Hall! She was our random winner. Cherry, see our reply to your comment for directions.

The McCall Pattern Company is hosting live videos on Periscope

Do you Periscope yet? In case you aren’t familiar with this new(ish) form of social media, Periscope gives you the ability to broadcast live video to followers. We’ve done two “test” videos so far featuring mini tours of our headquarters here in New York City, and we hope to do more behind-the-scenes videos. Follow us on Periscope and let us know here what kind of live videos you’d like us to broadcast.

Hong Kong seam finish of pea coat V1467.

Don’t you just love a nicely finished seam? This is the back seam of our pea-coat-in-progress, V1467. We’ll be working on the sleeves this weekend as part of our #v1467sewalong. What are you sewing this weekend?!

The Inescapable, Unavoidable Cape: Past and Present Patterns

Capes and ponchos sewing patterns through the decades. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Capes: You either adore their casual chicness or consider them an unflattering waste of good fabric. Like culottes, capes and ponchos seem to resurface every decade in fashion. Let’s take a look at some of the cape patterns we’ve offered through the years:

Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1930s: Capes were often paired with suits like this. Very Katharine Hepburn.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1940s: If padded shoulders were big in the ’40s, then again in the ’80s, does this mean the 2020s will be all about looking like linebackers again?
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1950s: Capes were utterly ladylike and often paired with gloves.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1960s: Poncho time! This doesn’t look very different from the ponchos of today. Except we don’t wear a fez with our ponchos.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1970s: Amazing how everything from the ’70s fits right in with today’s styles.
Decades of capes and poncho sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company.
1980s: Oh the drama. You can feel Donna Karan’s influence on the decade just looking at this pattern illustration.
Cape inspiration F/W 2015
RTW cape inspiration: l-r, Joseph Lina, Missoni, Thakoon. Images from Net-a-Porter.
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Cape pattern options. Clockwise from top left: Kwik Sew K4031, Vogue Patterns V8959, McCall’s M7202, and Butterick B6250.

Ok, so have we convinced you to sew a cape this season? Where do you stand on capes? Leave a comment and let us know!