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.!

Win a Sewing Machine and Patterns in the McCall Pattern Company x Singer Halloween Giveaway

Halloween 2015 Giveaway sponsored by The McCall Pattern Company & Singer

UPDATE: Congratulations to Samantha Olivas (@samonchrome on Instagram)! She was randomly selected as the winner of this giveaway. We’ll be sending her a new Singer sewing machine and five patterns of her choice.

It’s October 1 and that means time to think about Halloween, the holiday that gets bigger and bigger every year. Can you even go a block without seeing a pop-up Halloween costume store? So glad we know how to make our own, because hand-made costumes are always the best.

And we want to see the Halloween costumes you’ve made! So much so that you could win a new sewing machine and a bundle of patterns, just for sharing a photo on Instagram or Twitter. We’ve partnered with our friends at The Sewing Party to host a fun giveaway this month.


You can win a Singer® Heavy Duty 4423 sewing machine and a bundle of five current patterns of your choice from any of our brands—McCall’s, Butterick, KwikSew, and Vogue Patterns! All you have to do is post a picture of a Halloween costume you’ve sewn on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #TSPmccallhalloween.

It can be a costume you’ve sewn for yourself, your significant other, your kid, your dog, your cat…you get the picture.

The picture must be posted between 12:00 AM CST October 1st and 11:59 PM CST November 1st. You CAN use an old picture, but you must repost it during those times using that hashtag (you can’t just add a hashtag to an old picture). Make sure you spell the hashtag right! Also, your profile must not be private. One winner will be randomly selected on November 2nd and announced on this post.

Just for fun you can tell us why you want to win, and tag @thesewingparty and @mccallpatterncompany.

Contest is open to U.S. only. You can also enter here; full rules here. Good luck!

Look at these awesome? weird? wacky? vintage Halloween costume patterns The Sewing Party posted on their blog. This has us inspired to do one of our posts where we head to the archives and pull examples of our old patterns. This time, COSTUMES! Might post it next week, so stay tuned…

Vintage costume patterns from McCall's. On the McCall Pattern Company blog.

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?!