We’re going to use V1419, the gorgeous Ralph Rucci coat, as our first sewalong. You asked for something a little more challenging, and this pattern was the one most suggested by you as a sewalong candidate. It’s also one of our current bestselling patterns.
Co-hosting this sewalong with us is blogger Lauren of Lladybird. The minute I found out she was planning on making this coat I coerced her into sharing the sewalong duties with me. (Having co-hosted a sewalong and participated in sewalongs myself, I know they’re a lot of work to organize and post about. It’s nice to have someone to split the postings with.)
First things first: The pattern V1419 is on sale today for $5.99 (9/17 through Friday 9/19), so orders yours now. Then start thinking about fabric: We’ll go into more detail soon about what types of fabric to look for, but I’d send for swatches now if you can. The original Rucci fabric is a heavy gabardine that’s bonded to something like a wool flannel—a techno fabric, in essence. You want a fabric with a stiff drape, firm weave, and one that doesn’t need to be lined. Visit Lauren’s blog for info on a fabric discount she scored for sewalong participants.
Next week I’ll post more info about blogger badges, Pinterest boards, Flickr groups, hashtags, etc. Here’s a projected timeline for the sewalong:
9/17/2014Announce sewalong; buy patterns. 9/22/2014Social media: hashtags, Flickr, Pinterest, blogger badges 9/29/2014Buying your fabric 10/6/2014Making the muslin 10/13/2014Prep work: cutting your fabric; marking your pattern pieces; underlining (if applicable); creating bias binding; reinforcing and staystitching (Steps 1-3 and step 35) 10/20/2014Attaching gusset, binding, belt & side seams (steps 4-22) 10/27/2014Sleeves & Back (steps 23-50) 11/3/2014 Pockets (steps 51-63) 11/10/2014Facing, button holes, buttons, and hem (steps 64-86) 11/17/2014Parade of coats!
We are so excited to host this sewalong! Leave us a comment here and let us know if you’ll be joining us. Thanks!
Create a new Pinterest board on your own Pinterest account and name it “Fall Into Fashion 2014”
Fill your board with inspiration for your Fall and Winter 2014 fashion sewing: 1) Include at least five current patterns pins from one of our brands or a combination of our brands: Butterick, Kwik Sew, McCall’s or Vogue Patterns; 2) also include the things that inspire you, from runway fashions to celebrity looks to fabrics and more; 3) tag all pins with #fallintofashion14 and #mccallpatterncompany.
Be creative with your board! Have fun!
When you’re done, email a link to your board to firstname.lastname@example.org with McCall’s Fall Into FashionContest in the subject line, by September 26, 2014, 11:59 pm ET.
McCall Pattern Company designers will pick the winner, which will be announced on this blog.
You do need to have a Pinterest account to enter the contest, but I know I find Pinterest invaluable for helping me organize my sewing inspiration for each season. I would spend all day pinning if I could! Hey, have some fun with this contest! We’re looking forward to seeing your pins and picking a winner—I know it’s going to be hard. Good luck, and Happy National Sewing Month!
Hey, who’s going to the American Sewing Expo in a couple of weeks? We’ll be there in booth 420 and we’d love to chat with you about patterns and sewing. We’re also hosting a whole bunch of sewing and fashion celebrities in our booth, including
new McCall’s designer Khaliah Ali
leading wedding and entertainment expert David Tutera (another new McCall’s designer)
Butterick designer Katherine Tilton
blogger and author Gretchen Hirsch (another Butterick designer)
Melissa Watson, McCall’s designer
Joi Mahon, new McCall’s designer
On Saturday (Sept. 27, 12:30 pm) we’re putting on a fashion show of Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns, which is a great way for you to see what our patterns look like in real life. Plus, we’ll be having an exciting raffle for bolts of David Tutera’s new fashion fabric at our show. (Must be present at the fashion show to participate and win.) We really hope you’ll be joining us at this year’s American Sewing Expo.
We’ll be a little closer to home on October 10-13, when we’re at NYC Comic Con as an exhibitor. You may be reading this thinking what the heck does this have to do with sewing patterns, but there’s a rapidly expanding audience of people now learning to sew just to make cosplay ensembles. And we have many patterns suitable for cosplay, so you get why we’d want to try exhibiting here. Staff members are busy sewing their costumes to wear as they man our booth.
Are you planning on being at either of these shows? Have you been to a sewing convention or cosplay meetup before? Tell us here what you think of them.