Announcing the 2017 Spring Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Spring 2017 Sew-Along

It’s sew-along time! Each spring for our sew-alongs we choose a pattern or style that’s a little more beginner-friendly, preferring to tackle the harder stuff in the fall. The past two springs we’ve done dresses—a wrap dress and a shirtdress. It’s about time we thought about sewing pants, right?! Joining us on this sew-along as co-host is the fabulous Amanda of Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing.

M7547_aThe main pattern we chose for this sew-along is McCall’s M7547. We like that it has four view options: overalls, short overalls, flare pants, and slim pants. You can choose to sew any of these. The pants:

  • have a side zipper (the “fly” you see in the illustrations is just decorative stitching)
  • are fitted through the hips and upper thigh
  • have a slim leg in View B
  • have a flare leg in View A
  • are high-waisted with the waistband sitting at the true waist

This is a really great pattern for those of you who are new to sewing, or who want to try pants for the first time or again. High-waisted pants are really on trend right now, and next week we’ll be sharing lots of style inspiration and fabric ideas. Plus, making a side-zip pant is an easy gateway to sewing zip-front pants, and you can apply this same knowledge to future side-zip skirts you might make.

Sew-Along schedule for blog posts:

Week of 3/3:  Announce sew-along

Week of 3/10:  Style inspiration; suitable fabrics

Week of 3/17: Making a muslin to assess fit

Week of 3/24: Pockets (steps 1-13)

Week of 3/31: Seams and zipper (steps 14-24)

Week of 4/7: Waistband and overalls bib (steps 29-61)

Week of 4/14:  Finishing (steps 62-66)

Week of 4/21: Big reveal

Our sew-alongs are always go-at-your-own pace. Some of you will finish way ahead of this schedule, and some of won’t finish for months. No worries! Whatever works for your schedule. We will leave the sew-along blog posts up indefinitely. We’ll also create a sew-along Facebook group where we can share our progress with each other (coming soon).

Personally, I’m really excited about this sew-along. I’m desperate for new pants that aren’t black trousers. Amanda is going to make View D, the overalls, and I’m going to make View A, but more of a cropped flare, kind of like these pants:

Giambattista Valli pants, available at Net-a-Porter
Giambattista Valli pants, available at Net-a-Porter

We really hope you’ll be joining us for this sew-along! You don’t need to sign up anywhere or make any kind of public pledge: just sew along at home and join the Facebook group, if you’d like. It’s a very chill kind of thing!


Index of Posts for Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Index of posts to the McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Thanks to everyone who participated, or is still participating, in our Bomber Jacket Sew-Along. We have been absolutely blown away by the jackets you made. Your creativity in choice of fabric and ribbing is, well, better than most ready-to-wear. Below are just a few of the many jackets in the sew-along that caught our eye:

Bomber jackets made in the McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Even though the sew-along is officially over, we will keep up all the posts we wrote about how to sew a bomber jacket. Here’s an index of them:

Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: Fabrics, Ribbing & Zippers
McCall’s M7100 Bomber Jacket: Pattern Adjustment for Sizes L-XXL
Bomber Jacket Sew-along: Fitting the Raglan Sleeves
Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: Making the Inside of Your Jacket Look Pretty
Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: Adding Ribbing To Your Jacket
Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: Inserting the Zipper
Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: Adding a Lining
Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: We’re Finished!

Our next sew-along will be in the spring. Fall sew-alongs tend to focus on one specific pattern, and spring sew-alongs are more broad in nature. For example, last spring we all sewed shirtdresses. What should we sew next?! If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.

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Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. friends! Hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends, and that you get in lots of quality time with your sewing machine. Those are our plans!

Butterick 1940s apron pattern
Butterick apron pattern from the 1940s

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The steps to making a fabulous bomber jacket. On the McCall Pattern Company Blog.

Bomber Jacket Sew-Along: We’re Finished!

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

We’ve finished our bomber jackets! This sew-along has been a lot of fun and it really got the old creative juices flowing. Let’s take a look at the bomber jackets Gillian and Meg made for this sew-along:

Gillian’s McCall’s M7100 bomber jacket
McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Fabric: Crinkled rayon blend from Paron’s, with a poly satin lining
Ribbing: Striped ribbing from Pacific Trims
Zipper: Excella by YKK from SIL Thread
Comments: “I think this jacket came out great! It’s a good early-fall jacket. I’ve already worn it three or four times since I finished it last week,” says Gillian. She notes that she added a little bit of width to the sleeves, since she prefers a looser fit here.

Meg’s Butterick B6181 jacket
McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Fabric: A floral poly blend from Paron’s with white poly georgette underlining
Ribbing: Black ribbing from Pacific Trim
Zipper: Pacific Trim’s own private label
Comments: “This is a fun jacket for me, since I have so few florals in my wardrobe. I can see wearing it as a layering piece in the spring,” Meg reports. She says in hindsight she’d use a zipper that zips from the top and the bottom, to better wear that half-zipped look. Note: Meg opted to use knit ribbing instead of the self-fabric elastic channels the pattern actually calls for.

Meg’s McCall’s M7100 jacket
McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along
McCall Pattern Company Bomber Jacket Sew-Along

Fabric: Black poly satin from Paron’s with a navy lace from a store in NYC on W. 35th Street
Ribbing: Same black ribbing from Pacific Trims used for the floral bomber
Zipper: Private label zipper from Pacific Trims
Comments: “I made this jacket at the specific request of my daughter, who wanted me to knock off a Topshop bomber she really liked. I shortened the bodice by about an inch or so because my daughter prefers her bomber jackets to fit closer to her waist. The slim design of this pattern really works well for her taste, and she’s already worn this jacket several times since I finished it,” says Meg. [Thank you to Gillian for modeling this jacket here!]

If you’d like to see more M7100 and B6181 bomber jackets, join the Bomber Jacket Sew-Along Group on Facebook. Group members are turning out AMAZING jackets.

This post concludes the sew-along, though many people are still in the process of making their jackets and that’s fine. We will leave these posts up indefinitely, and the Facebook group will remain open for another month or so. And if you missed this sew-along, don’t worry, there will be another one in the spring. Suggestions for the next sew-along are welcome!

Up next: Sewing with velvet…