New! iOS Stickers for Texting With Sewing Buddies

McCall Pattern Company iOS stickers

Introducing McCall Pattern Company Stickers for iPhone and iPad users! These fun stickers featuring images from our archives are perfect for texting with sewing and non-sewing friends.

Currently there are 25 stickers to choose from, including these below. Plans are to update this sticker app seasonally; we hope to also roll out a version for Android users as well.

McCall Pattern Company iOS stickers

 

To upload and use this sticker pack: In text message mode on your phone, click on the gray arrow next to the space for writing your message. Next, click on the symbol that looks like an A [see photo below]. At the bottom of your screen you’ll see four gray dots. Click on that, and then click on the plus sign that says Store. Search “McCall Pattern Company” and that will bring you to the sticker app. Download. When you want to add a sticker to a text, just click on the A icon again and you will see all your MPC stickers. Click on the one you want to add to your text.

Or, you can visit the App Store from your phone or iPad and search “McCall Pattern Company.” After you download the stickers add them to text messages as instructed above.
McCall Pattern Company iOS stickers

McCall’s #M7542 Top Pattern Sewing Contest

McCall's #M7542 top sewing contest

Announcing the #M7542 Top Pattern Contest!

Have you seen all the fantastic makes of McCall’s M7542 top pattern? It seems like every day someone is posting her cute new version. We’re so inspired by your makes that we’re holding an M7542 contest! You could win:

  • a $100 gift certificate to Vogue Fabrics, plus a 1-year subscription to their fabric catalog
  • $100 worth of patterns from us (your choice from current patterns)

And it’s so easy to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Make this top pattern. If you’ve already made this pattern you can still enter it in the contest.
  2. Post your make on social media (Instagram [preferred], Facebook and the MPC Facebook Group, Pinterest, Twitter) any time between now and May 7th.
  3. Tag it #M7542. If you’ve already made this top and posted it, you can update your post with the hashtag.

McCall's M7542 top patternOur panel of judges will choose their favorite make from the submissions. What makes a pattern a favorite? This will be a tough call, as we’ve been loving all your versions. But things we’ll be looking at include use of fabric and print, and how the pattern looks on you. Maybe you’ve interpreted the pattern in a new way. The winning interpretation will be one that delights and appeals to us.

Pattern tweaking is allowed, as long as the judges feel the basic overall design of this pattern is still recognizable. For example, if you used the pleated ruffle from View C but placed it on a top with a different bodice, that would be viewed as too much of a variation on the design. But if you altered the neckline of M7542, that would be ok.

And, you may enter multiple makes of this pattern, not just one!

Tip: Taking a good photograph—preferably one that’s shot outside in natural light—will show your creation off the best.

The winner will be announced on Facebook Live and Instagram Live during the week of May 8th, and we’ll also update this post with the winner’s name.

See, isn’t this an easy contest to enter?! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

two versions of M7542 top pattern
Two fabulous versions of #M7542 spotted on social media. We’ll be entering them into the contest!

Sewing La La Land: Dreamy Dresses, Sewing Tips

La La Land costume
La La Land sketch by Mary Zophres; photo from Lionsgate. (via Hollywood Reporter)

Have you seen the movie La La Land yet? In the movie Emma Stone wears a series of “retro realistic” dresses that look like you could buy them off the rack at Bloomingdale’s. (A deliberate choice, according to costume designer Mary Zophres.) But at the same time, the dresses are memorable—you find yourself thinking about the colors and the way they float as Emma dances in them.

You won’t be able to find these La La Land dresses in stores, but you can make very similar versions yourself! In today’s blog post we pair Emma’s dresses with possible patterns, and give you some sewing tips from Marcy Tilton for working with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon and georgette. Read on!

Blue dress from La La Land: Sew the look with McCall's M7281

To make your version of this party dress, here made up in a brilliant blue, use McCall’s M7281. For the bodice and skirt lining, where you need a more stable fabric, use crepe or a lightweight satin with a soft drape. For the overbodice and skirt use a floaty chiffon that will accentuate your very best dance moves.

La La Land green dress: Sew the look with Butterick B6380

With its sweetheart neckline this emerald green, date-night dress has a slightly retro feel to it. Butterick’s B6380 by Gertie is a pretty good match, especially if you convert the sleeves to a cap or flutter sleeve. Go for lightweight crepe de chines that puddle into soft folds.

La La Land yellow dress: Sew the look with McCall's M7500

This is the yellow dress you’ve probably seen in images for the movie; it’s when Emma and Ryan first dance together. McCall’s pattern (M7500) has the basic shape of the yellow dress, with the square neckline and full skirt. We’d use the tucked bodice from View D, and we’d alter the sleeves from View C or D so they’re cap sleeves. For fabrics, try a silk crepe or georgette with a delicate floral print.

Ready to sew your own La La Land dress? Here are some tips from Marcy Tilton, Vogue Patterns designer and sewing expert, on working with tricky fabrics like chiffon and georgette:Vogue Patterns designer Marcy Tilton

  • Cut sheer fabrics such as crepe and georgette using a smooth paper:
    • Lay down a layer of paper* on the cutting table, and trim the ends so they are straight (at right angles to the opposite edge). This assures that you can line up the grain of the fabric with the edges of the paper.  
    • Tear or pull a thread on the cross grain of your fabric at either cut edge to assure the grain is straight. This is key.
    • Place the fabric on top of the paper, smoothing so the grain is straight. Align the selvedge and cut edges with the paper. This assures that the grain is straight on the pattern pieces.
    • Pin the pattern through all layers and cut through all layers. The bottom paper layer keeps the soft fabric from shifting as you cut and allows you to move and mark the pieces without distorting. 
  • Buy at least a quarter yard extra to allow for shrinkage and so you have extra to test with. 
  • Test fabric scraps for needle size and stitch length. 
    • Use a small (#10/11) sharp needle, fine polyester or silk thread and short stitch length (2.0-1.5 mm).
  • Pre-treat fabric by dipping in lukewarm water and air drying. Roll in a clean towel to remove excess water. Do not put in the dryer. Steam press after pre-shrinking.
  • After sewing, hand launder and air dry. Crepe weave fabrics are created with highly twisted yarns that will shrink, sometimes just with steam, so pre-treating is essential even if you plan to dry clean. In that case, give the yardage a good steam press before cutting. 
  • Use French seams whenever possible, making them as narrow as possible. 
  • If you are going to use a serger you will have to test stitch width, length and thread weight. You want something that is thin, light and nearly invisible. 
  • Cut with a rotary cutter or scissors (in this case override the ‘rule’ about cutting paper with your special fabric tools.)
  • Mark with tailor tacks, or fine dots using a dressmaker pencil.
  • If the fabric looks the same on both sides, mark the wrong sides with stick-on label dots.
  • Plot the order of construction carefully. Leave the fabric pinned flat on the table until you are ready to sew them. Hanging/moving can sometimes cause stretching or distorting.
  • Stay-stitch front and back neck edges first thing.

* Suitable smooth papers are: surgical exam table paper, brown kraft paper or tracing paper.