The V1419 Sewalong

Vogue Patterns V1419 Ralph Rucci coat pattern sewalong
Announcing our first sewalong!

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:

9/17/2014   Announce sewalong; buy patterns.
9/22/2014   Social media: hashtags, Flickr, Pinterest, blogger badges
9/29/2014   Buying your fabric
10/6/2014   Making the muslin
10/13/2014  Prep work: cutting your fabric; marking your pattern pieces; underlining (if applicable); creating bias binding; reinforcing and staystitching (Steps 1-3 and step 35)
10/20/2014   Attaching gusset, binding, belt & side seams (steps 4-22)
10/27/2014   Sleeves & Back (steps 23-50)
11/3/2014   Pockets (steps 51-63)
11/10/2014  Facing, button holes, buttons, and hem (steps 64-86)
11/17/2014  Parade 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!

Enter Our Fall Into Fashion Pinterest Contest!

McCall Pattern Company Fall Int Fashion Pinterest Contest 2014 Announcing our Fall Into Fashion Pinterest Contest! If you’re busy planning your fall and winter sewing, or you like to make mood boards, then this contest is right up your alley. How to enter:

  • Follow The McCall Pattern Company on Pinterest (pinterest.com/mccallpatternco)
  • 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 pinterest@mccallpattern.com with McCall’s Fall Into Fashion Contest 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.
  • Please read the official contest rules.

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!

We’re On The Road!

The McCall Pattern Company will be at the 2014 Merican Sewing Expo, Booth 420.

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.

The McCall Pattern Company will be an exhibitor at 2014 NYC Comic Con.

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.

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Scene from last year's American Sewing Expo show.
Scenes from last year’s American Sewing Expo show.