McCall’s #M7542 Top Pattern Sewing Contest

McCall's #M7542 top sewing contest

Announcing the #M7542 Top Pattern Contest!

Have you seen all the fantastic makes of McCall’s M7542 top pattern? It seems like every day someone is posting her cute new version. We’re so inspired by your makes that we’re holding an M7542 contest! You could win:

  • a $100 gift certificate to Vogue Fabrics, plus a 1-year subscription to their fabric catalog
  • $100 worth of patterns from us (your choice from current patterns)

And it’s so easy to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Make this top pattern. If you’ve already made this pattern you can still enter it in the contest.
  2. Post your make on social media (Instagram [preferred], Facebook and the MPC Facebook Group, Pinterest, Twitter) any time between now and May 7th.
  3. Tag it #M7542. If you’ve already made this top and posted it, you can update your post with the hashtag.

McCall's M7542 top patternOur panel of judges will choose their favorite make from the submissions. What makes a pattern a favorite? This will be a tough call, as we’ve been loving all your versions. But things we’ll be looking at include use of fabric and print, and how the pattern looks on you. Maybe you’ve interpreted the pattern in a new way. The winning interpretation will be one that delights and appeals to us.

Pattern tweaking is allowed, as long as the judges feel the basic overall design of this pattern is still recognizable. For example, if you used the pleated ruffle from View C but placed it on a top with a different bodice, that would be viewed as too much of a variation on the design. But if you altered the neckline of M7542, that would be ok.

And, you may enter multiple makes of this pattern, not just one!

Tip: Taking a good photograph—preferably one that’s shot outside in natural light—will show your creation off the best.

The winner will be announced on Facebook Live and Instagram Live during the week of May 8th, and we’ll also update this post with the winner’s name.

See, isn’t this an easy contest to enter?! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

two versions of M7542 top pattern
Two fabulous versions of #M7542 spotted on social media. We’ll be entering them into the contest!

M7547 Sew-Along: Waistband Facing Option for Pants

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

This week on the M7547 Sew-Along we’re at the point where we’re ready to add a waistband (if you’re sewing the pants version as I am), or the waistband and bib, if you’re making the overalls version as Amanda is. I’m actually going the no-waistband route. I tried on my pants after step 24 (the zipper), and I decided I like them without the waistband. [Note: Amanda will be posting this week about attaching the waistband and bib, so head over to her blog for those instructions.]

That meant I needed to create a waistband facing. Fortunately this is a really easy drafting task and even beginning sewers can do this. All you need is some tracing paper. Watch my how-to video (scroll down for it) or just follow these steps:

  • Turn your pants inside out and lay them flat on a table, front side facing up.
  • Cut a large rectangle from your tracing paper and place it on top of your pants at the waist. You’re going to trace off a facing that’s about two inches wide, more or less depending on how wide you like your facings to be.
  • Trace around your pants, starting at the waist edges. On the side without a zipper, trace and include the seam allowance. On the zipper side, add and trace off a seam allowance of about two inches. This gives you some room to turn under the waistband seam allowance by the zipper, and it also gives you some extra fabric to play with in case you need it.
  • Neaten up your new pattern pieces using a dressmaker’s ruler with a slight curve. Make sure your facing is an even two inches wide (if that’s the width you’re going with) all the way around. As a guide, I used a waistband facing pattern piece from a pattern I had in my stash. Check your stash because you probably have a pattern with a waistband facing as well.
  • Scroll down to watch my video where I do a much better job of explaining this part.

That’s how to create your facing pieces. Mark “front” and “back” on each piece, and note the zipper side too. Then, when you cut out your waistband facing from your fashion fabric, be sure and flip the pattern pieces, since when you traced off your pants you were tracing the wrong side of your pants. But if you mess up on this step, as I did, don’t worry because the two facing pieces are practically interchangeable and who cares if you sew the back facing to the front of your pants (like I did).

Other steps in adding a waistband facing:

  • Apply interfacing to both pieces.
  • Sew the side seam
  • Finish the lower edge of the facing. You can serge it, turn it under 1/4″ and stitch in place, or bias-bind it. I chose to bias-bind my facing.IMG_3413
  • Pin facing in place, matching side seams. Sew 5/8″ seam around the waist.
  • Before you trim your seam allowances, stop and try on your pants. I found that after I added my facing, the waist became a little baggy on me. I solved this by removing the back facing and then taking in the center-back seam near the waist. I reattached the back facing, moving the excess part of the facing to the zipper side, where I could easily trim it off (still leaving at least 5/8″ to fold to the inside of my pants).
  • After you’re sure you like the fit, trim the seam and understitch. At the zipper opening, turn the facing ends to the inside. Press and hand-stitch in place.
McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
This is a diagram from another pattern that shows the process of adding a waistband facing. In Fig. A you can see how the facing is stitched on at the waist, with the ends extending past the zipper opening. The inset shows understitching after the facing is attached. In Fig. B, the facing ends at the zipper opening are turned under and then stitched in place.
McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
My pants facing.

Next week on the sew-along: Amanda discusses finishing touches. We are almost done! Don’t forget you can still join us on our M7547 Sew-Along Facebook group! We’re a small but friendly and helpful bunch.

M7547 Sew-Along: Seams and Zipper

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

This week on the M7547 Sew-Along Amanda gets really detailed about the seams and zipper (steps 14-24). Hop over to her blog to read her full post.

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
Amanda has lots of detail photos in her post this week.

I’m nearly finished with my pants! Here’s a preview:

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

Next week on the sew-along, Amanda and I will both be posting on our respective blogs about the waistband. I’ll share how I added a facing to the waist of my pants, and Amanda will talk about her overalls (which are looking really cute, btw). Stay tuned!