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.


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


Must-Have Top For Fall: The Crossover Top


People StyleWatch September wrap and crossover tops
People StyleWatch for September says wrap or crossover tops are “so of-the-moment and flatter everyone.”

Pick up any fashion magazine these days and you’re bound to find a wrap top on this season’s must-have list. The crossover style of wrap top is super-popular right now, and you can easily make your own version with McCall’s M6991.

McCall's M6991 crossover or wrap top.
McCall’s M6991 crossover or wrap top.

Scroll down for a couple of tips for sewing this pattern. But first, some inspiration:

Top by Young, Fabulous & Broke, Revolve.com
Crossover top by Young, Fabulous & Broke, Revolve.com
Crossover top by MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom
Crossover top by MICHAEL Michael Kors, Nordstrom
Top by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Neiman Marcus
Crossover top by 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Neiman Marcus

Sewing Tips for M6991:

  • VERY IMPORTANT: Choose a fabric that is the same on BOTH sides. The front pattern piece is a single pattern piece that is twisted. If you use a fabric with a right side and a wrong side then half of your bodice will show the wrong side. You can’t use a charmeuse, for example, with a shiny side and a matte side, unless you’re going for a half shiny, half matte look. Examine your fabric thoroughly in daylight and from all directions to make sure there’s not even a subtle difference in nap or sheen.
  • Fabrics that work well: crepe, georgette, jersey, washed silk, chiffon. Go for something with a gentle drape. If you dropped your fabric on the floor it should fall into a soft puddle.
  • Make a muslin first of just the front piece. We did our best with the instructions but when you have a large pattern piece that you have to do strange things to it—like twist it—it’s best to walk through it first with a muslin. Cheryl, one of our designers, said she struggled a little bit sewing her first version of this top, but that her subsequent versions went together in a flash. She recommends playing first with a muslin of the front pattern piece.
  • We include a fold-over self facing on the front pattern piece. If you’re an intermediate or advanced sewer who is used to making pattern modifications, you can eliminate the facing and use a narrow hem instead. Just make sure you add the hem allowance to the facing edge.
  • Omit the button if you plan on wearing this top over a cami.
  • You can also omit the yoke back facing if you want. Just clean-finish the seams using your preferred method.
  • If you don’t want the dropped back hem as we show in version B, then cut your pattern on the lines indicated for version A.
  • UPDATE: I just made View D of the pattern, the one with the shawl collar. FYI, it runs big! I could have gone down a size or two, though I think it looks good when it’s a little blousey.

I am currently sewing version D of this pattern, a wrap top with a shawl collar, but I want to make this crossover top too. What do you think of the crossover top style? Does it work for you?