Editor’s Picks: Butterick Fall Collection

Have you seen the new Butterick Fall collection yet? There’s something for everyone, especially if you’re looking for wear-to-work options. Here are my five top picks from this collection:

Butterick B6090 dress
1) B6090 dress

Here’s a great case for paying attention to the line drawings. B6090 has great bones, people. Look at the shirring at the bodice and the little buttons all down the front—love it! This dress says vintage-y but in a way that feels fresh—like a starlet walking down the street on a sunny day or a cool girl at Coachella. For fabrics, choose lightweight georgettes in retro prints, or a sheer organza or lace and layer it. Make it more youthful by shortening the sleeves, or turn it into a tunic.

Inspiration for Butterick B6090
Inspiration for Butterick B6090
Butterick silhouette dress B6088
2) Butterick silhouette dress B6088

What I like about B6088 is how it creates this enhanced, genetically-blessed silhouette for you. Its lines help narrow your torso and slim your hips, and seriously, what’s not to like about that. I’d sew it out of black and ivory wool crepe or a decent ponte knit. Or maybe give it extra pow by making the middle part in a bold print or contrasting texture. You can also amp it up a bit by sewing the sleeves in a different color.

Colorblock inspiration for Butterick B6088
Colorblock inspiration for Butterick B6088.
Butterick B6103 riding jacket
4) Butterick B6103 riding jacket

This jacket is perfect for when you need a little rock-star glam in your life. I like all of this pattern’s versions, especially View C with its shaped hemline in the back. (I might make it a little shorter in the back and less skirt-like, but that’s just me.) That gray brocade we show on the model works well, I think, so I’d look for a similar brocade or jacquard fabric, preferably with a little Lycra for stretch. This jacket would also look killer in velvet, right?!

Jacket inspiration for Butterick B6103
Jacket inspiration for B6103
Butterick B6106 jacket by Katherine Tilton.
4) Butterick B6106 jacket by Katherine Tilton

I almost dismissed this jacket as too art-teacher-style for my tastes. But then I was chatting about it with Carlos, our Vogue Patterns designer, and he said he could see it looking very minimalistic and chic in ivory, with simple topstitching detailing. And the next thing I knew I was bookmarking this pattern to order. I can see this made up in a gabardine, denim or wool crepe. Or try mixing different textures and colors for more of a statement piece. As I’m a symmetrical kind of gal, I might use the right front of the jacket and swap it out for the left front, so the two front pieces mirror each other.

Jacket inspiration for Butterick B6106
Jacket inspiration for B6106
Butterick midi skirt B6102
5) Butterick midi skirt B6102

All hail the return of the midi skirt! I mostly wear pants to work but I will be sewing and wearing a midi skirt or two this season. I love that the pleats in B6102 start below the yoked waistline, so you’ve got a less poufy and more flattering waist area. As far as fabrics go, I’d make this in a firm fabric, like a classy silk-wool or textured cotton, or go soft and drapey with a lightweight wool or challis.

Midi skirt inspiration for Butterick B6102
Midi skirt inspiration for B6102

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Behind the Scenes: Vogue Designer Patterns

Vogue Pattern V1416 by Guy Laroche.

Today we’d like to talk about the designer patterns for Vogue Patterns, specifically to clear up a common misperception that often appears online in blog posts and discussion threads. True or false: The models in the Vogue Patterns designer patterns are wearing the actual designer garments.

Give yourself a pat on the back if you answered true. The models in the product photography are indeed wearing the actual designer garments as supplied by the designers. We don’t remake these designer patterns using our own fabrics, nor do we alter the garments’ designs in any way. The designer labels are intact and very often the original price tags are still hanging from them.

Model wearing an actual Tom and Linda Platt top. Voge Patterns V1415.
Model wearing an actual Tom and Linda Platt top. V1415.

Some designers, like Ralph Rucci, will supply the patterns for us to use when we translate their designs for home sewers. If we don’t have a pattern from the designer to start with, our patternmaking team will study the garment very closely so we can replicate it as exactly as possible.

Ralph Rucci pattern pieces used by Vogue Patterns to create one of his designer sewing patterns.
A Ralph Rucci pattern, as supplied by the designer.

Every now and then we’ll see online discussions comparing a designer runway photo with the same designer pattern, and if there are differences between the two garments people  assume we altered the garment for our home sewing market. Not so at all. Designers frequently modify their runway garments for the RTW market—changing a hemline or fabric, for example—if they feel that will broaden a garment’s appeal. But we don’t alter the garments that come from the designers who allow us to license their clothes.

We hope this clears up this common misperception about how we create Vogue Patterns from designers. Let us know if you found this post informative and if there are other questions you may have about our designer patterns. We may feature them in future posts!

We Entertained!

Group blogger selfie at the McCall Pattern Company Open House and Trunk Show event.

This Tuesday we hosted an open house and trunk show for a small group of NYC-area bloggers, sewing educators, sewing writers, and sewing fans. First we took everybody on a tour of our headquarters, showing them everything from the patternmaking department to the photo studio. Then we gave them a mini trunk show of the garments from our fall pattern lines, including several pieces from the latest Vogue Patterns collection. After that, we all gathered in our fabric library for mingling and talking about our favorite things—sewing and patterns!

We had such a good time hosting this event that we’re considering holding a few trunk shows around the country. But the next place you’ll definitely see us is at the American Sewing Expo in September. We have a booth and are sponsoring a number of events. Hope to see you there!

Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
Mingling in the Fabric Library.
Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
We love that so many guests wore our patterns!
Photo from McCall Pattern Company's open house & trunk show, July 2014.
Getting a closer look at Vogue Pattern 8991 jacket by Claire Shaeffer.
Frank Rizzo, president and CEO of the McCall Pattern Company, welcoming guests.
Frank Rizzo, president and CEO of the McCall Pattern Company, welcoming guests.
photo from the McCall Pattern Company Open House & Trunk Show, July 2014.
Vogue Patterns Magazine editor Kathy Marrone showing guests the muslin for V9040 coat, as part of her talk on the steps to making a pattern.
Melissa Watson, McCall pattern designer, explaining her design process to guests at McCall's open house and trunk show.
Melissa Watson, one of McCall’s licensees, explaining her design process and how she works with McCall’s.
Guests at McCall's open house touring the NYC headquarters.
Walking through the patternmaking area at McCall’s.
Guests at the McCall Pattern Company open house & trunk show.
Group shot in our photo studio. Loved having these people here!