Want to win a new fall McCall’s pattern? All you have to do is check out the new collection here, then leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you’d like to win and why. Must have a valid email address; only one comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected next week and notified via email. We’ll also announce the name of the winner on this post, so check back next week if you want to see who won. UPDATE: Congratulations to Pamela (Parcher2001), random winner of this giveaway! Pamela, see the comments section for directions.
Plans are underway for our fall sewalong. By popular demand, we’ll be sewing V1467, the pea coat/jacket pattern by Anne Klein for Vogue Patterns. We’re thrilled that Rachel of House of Pinheiro and #sewphotohop fame will be co-hosting the sewalong with us. Order your pattern today while it’s on sale for $5.99USD! A sewalong schedule will be posted here soon, but look for things to begin around mid-September.
For those of you who enjoy our coloring book PDFs, here’s a new one featuring eight of the hottest Fall ’15 McCall’s patterns. This downloadable PDF features high-resolution line art, which you can color with your fabric ideas and styling details. Just enter your email address below to download our McCall’s Fall ’15 coloring booklet. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it.
Note: You will NOT receive an email from us with the PDF. You must click on the link that will appear—McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF—just below the horizontal box that says “Your email was sent successfully.” Clicking on it will download the PDF to your computer or device; if the PDF does not open immediately, then locate the file called McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF on your device and open it.
We’re super-pleased to have Erica Bunker as our first guest pinner. We’ve long admired her advanced sewing skills and impeccable taste, not to mention we always find ourselves repinning her Pinterest pins. Follow Erica for a week starting today as she pins the things that are inspiring her fall and winter sewing plans. And if there’s someone you’d like to see as a guest pinner, please let us know in the comments section.
Being the editor of a blog for a pattern company, you’d think I’d be using this space to write about all the things I’ve sewn lately with our patterns. Uh, no. Sorry, the weather has been too nice here in NYC to be indoors sewing. Let’s all stockpile patterns and fabric now, and then start up sewing again once the weather turns bleh.
Speaking of patterns, we just released the new Butterick fall collection and I feel like having a pattern giveaway on this blog. Yay! All you have to do is check out the new collection here, then leave a comment on this post telling me which pattern you’d like to win and why. Must have a valid email address; only one comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected next week and notified via email. I’ll also announce the name of the winner on this post, so check back next week if you want to see who won. (We’re also having this same giveaway on Instagram, if you want another chance to win.)
7/29/15 Update: Congratulations to V Reed, the random winner of this pattern giveaway!
Are you a pattern hacker? Do you look at our patterns and think hmm, if I did this there and that here, how cute would it be? Yeah, we’re cool with that. I make hacks to our patterns every now and then, though I’m often pretty lazy and just stick with our designs. (You should see the hacks Nikki of Beauté J’Adore does to our patterns and other companies’ patterns. She’s an artiste!) If you like to pattern-hack and you’d love the idea of winning cool sewing prizes—like a new Janome sewing machine!—then check out the Great Pattern Hack Challenge from Michael Miller Fabrics and Janome.
Finally, just because it’s Friday, here are two sewing quote images for you to grab and share. Every time I read these words I think “that is so me.” Does this sentiment apply to you too? Have a great weekend!
Happy birthday to the founder of Butterick Patterns! Ebenezer Butterick was born on May 29th, 1826, in Sterling, Massachusetts, and created the first graded sewing pattern in 1863, making things infinitely easier for home sewers. Thank you, Ebenezer!
To celebrate his birthday, we’re having a little giveaway of Butterick-related things. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post and have a valid email address. We’ll randomly draw three winners next week and post an update on this blog post with their names. One winner will receiver his/her choice of 2 current Butterick patterns, one winner will receive a poster print of a 1910 Butterick dress pattern, and one winner will receive the Vogue-Butterick Step-by-Step Guide to Sewing Techniques book.
6/3/15 Update: Congratulations to these winners who were chosen at random:
Sewing book: Angela Tate
Butterick poster: Kathleen Wight
Two Butterick patterns: Jobena Robinson
Topic for discussion: When you take a break from sewing, do you feel guilty? The reason I ask is that I’ve got lots of patterns and lots of fabric…and I just don’t want to sew anything now.
But I always feel guilty when I take breaks from sewing. Like sewing is my mom and I’m neglecting to call her and see how she’s doing. And I was like this with the guilt thing before I started working for sewing-related companies!
So tell me, is this just my own weird idiosyncrasy, or does anyone else out there suffer from sewing or [insert hobby here] guilt when they put it aside?