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.


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.!

V1467 Sew Along: Making Your Muslin

V1467 Sew Along: making your muslin

This week in our V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along we’re focusing on making a muslin (or “toile,” if you prefer), which is the test garment you should always make first when good fit is paramount. Rachel of House of Pinheiro is our sew along co-host, and she has written an excellent post about the V1467 muslin she made and how she adjusted it to get the fit she’s looking for. Check it out now if you’re looking for good info on sewing a muslin.

I’m actually skipping the muslin phase. Horrors, right? I’d never advise anyone to skip this part, but there is a method to my madness. I’ll be sewing this jacket for a family member, and I was able to have her try on the sample garment from Anne Klein:

V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along

V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along

Perfect fit, right?! The sample garment size translates to our pattern size 10, so that’s what I cut out last night:
V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along

I stayed late at work last night so I could use the cutting tables in our dressmaking department. So worth going home a little later! Cutting on tall and wide tables is THE BEST. For another dose of sewing room envy, take a look at the dressmaking department iron I used to fuse my interfacing to my jacket pieces:

V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along

Man, do those irons work fast and steam like a beast! Fabric and fusible interfacing bonded in seconds.

Speaking of fusible interfacing… An Instagram follower pointed out that we could have saved her a trip to the fabric store if we had indicated on the pattern that fusible interfacing was ok to use (we specify sew-in interfacing). So I thought I’d remind you that with our Vogue Patterns designer patterns we instruct you to sew your garment in the same way the designer created his or her garment. In this case, Anne Klein used sew-in interfacing. You, however, can change up our patterns as you’d like. If you prefer fusible interfacing, then by all means use it.

Looks like all systems are go for me to start sewing my pea coat! Where do you stand with yours? Remember, feel free to go at your own pace. We understand that life gets in the way of things.


Take Two: Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson on Project Runway, Sewing Bras and More

Take Two with Melissa Watson and Pati Palmer on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

The New York Times does this fun feature called “Take Two: A Dual Review of What’s New.” They pick two famous people, who are usually polar opposites, and ask them to each review products or concepts in a couple of sentences. We thought it would be fun to try this with McCall’s licensed designers and mother-daughter sewing duo Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson (Palmer/Pletsch).

Pati Palmer is a pattern designer and sewing instructor with more than 37 years of experience. She has designed more than 200 patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, and she’s the author of 10 sewing books. Pati taught sewing seminars throughout North America and Australia for 15 years before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, Oregon.

Melissa Watson is Pati’s daughter, so it’s no surprise that her love of fashion and sewing can be traced all the way back to childhood. Melissa designed a line of print fabrics for Springs Creative and co-designed the DIY Line for McCall’s. Soon after that, she began designing for the Palmer/Pletsch line at McCall’s — creating patterns that appeal to the next generation of sewers. [bios from Pati and Melissa’s Craftsy class]

Take Two Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson. On the McCall Pattern Company blog

photos from Lifetime, Threads, Great British Sewing Bee and the New York Times.