We love to see what you make with our patterns. It’s one thing to see our patterns on models and dress forms or in illustrations, but they become real to us when we see them on you. Here are some ways you can easily share your Butterick, McCall’s, Kwik Sew and Vogue Patterns makes with us:
Pinterest: We check our fan gallery on Pinterest every day to see what you’re making with our patterns. If you’d like to pin and share your creations with us here, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your Pinterest profile so we can sign you up.
Instagram: Another favorite way to keep up with your makes. Tag us in your photos or comments—@mccallpatterncompany—so you show up in our news feed on Instagram.
Twitter: Alert us via Twitter about your makes. Tag us in your tweets—@McCallPatternCo—to show us a photo or point us to a blog or Instagram post.
Blog posts: We love to read your blog posts, because that’s where you can share more photos and talk about what you like or didn’t like about a pattern of ours. The downside is that it’s a little bit harder to always know when someone has written a new blog post about a pattern. I use Bloglovin to follow bloggers, but when you follow 200+ sewing bloggers (and I know there’s tons more of you out there!), it’s easy to miss a pattern post here or there. It really helps us when you put the name of the pattern brand in the post title, like “Review: Vogue Patterns 8945 & 8916,” because then it jumps out in the feed as a post we need to look at.
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Update: Wow, we are so thrilled at the response to our first sewalong! This is going to be so much fun! (I may try to cut out my coat muslin this weekend, but first I want to finish up the vest I’m making out of V9034 in a light gray wool suiting.) I’ll post more about the sewalong early next week before I head to the American Sewing Expo. And don’t forget to enter our Fall Into Fashion Pinterest contest. My head is spinning with all that we’ve got going on!
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 email@example.com 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!