Fabric Discount for Sewalong; How a Sewalong Works

FabricMart discount for MPC sewalong

Looking for fabric for your wrap dress? Our friends at FabricMart have extended a various generous discount to anyone sewing in this sewalong: Take 30% off any full-priced knit order with coupon code WRAP30. Wow, that’s a big savings! (See image above for full details.)

Speaking of fabric for wrap dresses, check out my co-host ReDpants Design’s post today all about choosing the right fabric. Lots of good info here.

We are thrilled to have so many first-time sewalongers joining us. Several of you have asked for more details about how a sewalong works, so let me do some clarifying:

• Think of this sewalong as the modern equivalent of a quilting or sewing bee. Instead of us going over to each other’s houses to work on a quilt together, we’re sewing along together digitally. Sounds a little impersonal, but I actually met one of my closest sewing friends through an online sewalong.
• There is no official sign-up to participate in the types of sewalongs we host. It’s nice when you leave comments on the announcement blog post, saying you’re in, but you can participate completely anonymously if you’d like.
• We provide a schedule of target dates for the sewalong, but feel free to go as fast or as slow as you’d like. We will not remove any of the posts pertaining to the sewalong as long as this blog exists. So if you’re too busy to join us now, you can always revisit this at a more convenient date.
• Our Flickr group is a great place to post progress photos and seek opinions from your hosts and fellow sewalongers. If you’re not on Flickr yet, please think about joining, if only just to provide comments and help to others.
• Please use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong to tag your photos. If you’re using Twitter or Instagram, also tag us so we can find your photos more quickly. (Twitter is @mccallpatternco and Instagram is @mccallpatterncompany.)
• You can also use the blog comments to ask questions, which we’ll do our best to answer.

This weekend I cut out the muslin for my niece’s wrap dress. I want to make sure the bodice fits before I cut into the real fabric. I also cut out a muslin for the new Lisette Butterick moto jacket. I find that if I park my iPad on the cutting table and watch TV on it, the cutting-out part isn’t so tedious for me. Especially while binge-watching the new season of House of Cards…

Wrap Dress Sewalong: Try Before You Buy

McCall's Wrap Dress Sewalong: It's always a good idea to try a style on before you sew it. And it's an excuse to go shopping!

It’s week 2 of our wrap dress sewalong, and we’re thrilled so many of you have said you’re joining us. If you’re just finding out about this, don’t worry because the construction schedule is nice and long. (And if it’s too long for you more advanced sewers, then just zoom ahead and help out the newbies when you can.)

Me, I’ve picked out my pattern (Vogue Pattern V8379) though I haven’t bought fabric yet. But I have done what I consider an important step before you sew a new design you might not have worn before: Head to the store and try on something similar in RTW.

DVF New Julian Two dress available at Bloomingdale's
DVF New Julian Two dress available at Bloomingdale’s

That’s what I did two Saturdays ago with my niece Konstance, who’s pictured above. I’m actually making this wrap dress for her. She just got her MA in writing and is interviewing for jobs. So I thought she might like to have a classic wrap dress in her wardrobe, and she agreed to be my model and let me plaster her cute self all over our social media.

I made Konstance try on several DVF wrap dresses at Bloomingdale’s, and we agreed this actually was a good dress shape for her. This is the “New Julian Two Mini” DVF wrap dress she has on here. Other than having a long torso that I may need to make adjustments for, fitting Kon should be pretty straightforward. (Phew! You know I hate dealing with fit.)

So, if you haven’t worn a wrap dress before, see if you can try one on first and make sure you like the look on you. Chances are good that you will, because it’s a flattering shape for most, but I always believe in better safe than sorry when it comes to investing time and money in sewing.


Social media for this sewalong:

Flickr group: Post your progress photos here. Feel free to ask questions, seek opinions, share your knowledge. Everyone is welcome to comment and offer advice. In fact, it would be much appreciated if you did jump in here to offer comments.

Hashtag: Use #wrapdresssewalong to tag your stuff on Twitter and Instagram.

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Next week my co-host Ruqayyah will talk about one of her favorite topics: fabric! She’s made wrap dresses before and knows what kinds of fabrics work best. I’ll link to her post here. Until then!


Announcing Our Next Sewalong: The Wrap Dress!

McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalong

Are you ready for a sewalong, because we are! You gave a thumbs up when we posed the idea of a wrap dress sewalong, and frankly, we were hoping you’d go for something a little less complex after the Ralph Rucci V1419 sewalong. So a wrap dress sewalong it is!

Joining me as co-hosts for this sewalong are sewing bloggers Lucinda Campbell (who actually was the one who first suggested we do a wrap dress sewalong) and Ruqayyah Davis. Here’s a little bit about them, in case you haven’t met them yet:

Lucinda Campbell of Sew Wrong:

“I’m all about comfort mixed with style—there’s nothing worse than dealing with Lucinda of Sew Wrong, co-host for the McCall Pattern Company Wrap Dress Sewalongfussy clothes all day long. This is why I gravitate toward easy-to-wear separates, dresses, and knit fabrics—knit dresses are like secret PJs! I recently developed a love of the tailoring process, and enjoy learning new techniques to challenge my sewing skills and push me to the next level with my garments.”

Ruqayyah Davis of ReDpants Designs:Ruqayyah of ReDpants Design and co-host of the McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong

“My style of sewing is from the inside out. Before starting a project, I decide on my seam and hem techniques. As a buyer in the fashion industry for over 15 years, I use ready-to-wear garments as a template for sewing stylish apparel that exceeds the construction available in the marketplace. I am addicted to fabric and it is usually 99% of the inspiration in my garment construction planning.”

This sewalong comes on the heels of the 40th anniversary of the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that started it all. And of course you know we brought you the original DVF wrap dress pattern when it was created for Vogue Patterns in 1976. (Can you believe these vintage patterns can go for over $200 now on Etsy and eBay?!) So this sewalong is all about making a DVF-inspired type of wrap dress: made out of lightweight jersey fabric with a close-to-the-body fit. Mock wrap dresses are acceptable patterns to work with.

Here’s a loose schedule for the sewalong:

2/16: Announce sewalong
2/23: Try before you buy: Do wrap dresses work for you? Social media: hashtags, Flickr, Facebook, badges for blogs
3/2: Choosing your fabric. Cutting and working with slippery/rolling fabrics like ITY, silk jerseys, etc.
3/9: Making a muslin if necessary; how much ease do you want?
3/16: Sewing and working with knits. Finishing seams with and without a serger
3/23: Sewing the neckline area and preventing gaping
3/30: Making the sleeves; hemming the skirt; finishing up
4/6: The Big Reveal!

Remember, sewalongs are really go-at-your-own pace things. We know that life often gets in the way of best intentions. If you can’t hit these date, don’t worry about it. We’ll leave these sewalong posts up and you can always refer to them later.

Patterns: At last count we had 13 knit wrap dress patterns between McCall’s, Butterick, Kwik Sew, and Vogue Patterns, so you have plenty of options. You are welcome to use a pattern from your stash, but if you want to share it on the social media that will be part of this sewalong, we ask that you use one of our patterns. Here’s a Pinterest board with our wrap dress patterns and some RTW wrap dress inspiration:

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board Wrap Dress Patterns on Pinterest.

We’re so excited about this sewalong! Will you be joining us this time? Leave a comment here and let us know!


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