The Five Pieces You Need to Sew Now

If you’re thinking about what to sew for the winter-holiday season, take a look at our newest video. We’ve got suggestions, inspiration and pattern ideas for the five things we think you should sew now.

coat sewing patterns from the McCall Pattern Company
l-r, Butterick B6244, McCall’s M7256, Vogue Patterns V9137.

With Daylight Savings Time in effect and the temperature dipping (though it was 71 degrees in NYC today—what’s up with that?!), this is the time of year we think about making coats. Some of here at the McCall Pattern Company love to make our own coats, some of us would rather sew anything but a coat. Have you ever sewn a coat? Tell us in the comments section if you have or plan to.

Jenna Lyons on the skirt she made that changed her life.

We love a good sewing story and this one by Jenna Lyons, J. Crew creative director, really resonates. It’s about how a skirt she made in her 8th grade home ec class actually changed her life. Yeah, sewing can do that. Take a moment to read Jenna’s tribute to sewing and fabric.

sneak peek of V1467 pea coat

Coming this Friday! We share our completed V1467 Pea Coats with you. Stay tuned!

TGIF: New Retro Butterick Calendar, Halloween Giveaway Reminder


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Happy Friday and happy Halloween! We just had our annual office Halloween lunch/party and it was so much fun. First prize in the costume contest went to Suzanne the Scissors:

Suzanne the Scissors. 1st place winner in the 2015 McCall Pattern Company employee costume contest.We’ll upload more costume photos to our Facebook page later today. We love to dress up!

Retro Butterick calendar available at Butterick.comHave you seen our new Retro Butterick 2016 calendar? It features 13 stylish reproductions from the pages of Butterick’s 1950s catalog archives. Click here to see more, but don’t wait because supplies are limited. This is the perfect gift for home sewers and vintage pattern lovers alike.

Halloween 2015 Giveaway sponsored by The McCall Pattern Company & Singer
This has to be one of the easiest ways around to win a new sewing machine. Deadline to enter is November 1; details here. Good luck!

Discussion Topic: Pushing the (Pattern) Envelope. How Complex is Too Complex?

Talking about pattern complexity on the McCall Pattern blog.

Readers, you responded so well to our last discussion topic (Pattern Sizing vs RTW Sizing) that we’re eager to have another discussion with you. This time let’s talk about how much complexity you’re willing to take on with a pattern.

If you follow us on Instagram you’ll recall that we recently posted this top by Zimmermann, asking if you’d be up for patterns that require a lot of detail work like this top, or would you pass because it’s too time-consuming. (For the sake of argument, let’s pretend that the lace/trims/etc. needed are readily available so that’s not the issue.)

Zimmermann Empire Virtue Blouse   SHOPBOP

Would you buy a pattern like this if it existed? If you did, what’s the likelihood you’d actually make it?

Or, take a look at the designer dress/tunic below. If we had a pattern that required you to quilt some of it, would you put it in your shopping cart?

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What if a pattern wasn’t particularly hard, but it had a lot of pieces, like 30 to 40? Even if the end result was a really cool, chic garment, would you pass on a pattern like that?

Now we’re not talking about the extra work and details involved with sewing a tailored garment, like a coat or a jacket. We know you’re up for that. But what about taking on detail work that isn’t tailoring—like quilting, cutwork or other things that would result in a “wow, you made that?!” kind of garment. How far are you willing to push the pattern envelope when it comes to your time and enthusiasm? Leave us a comment here and let us know!