We Love Being a Part of Weddings

Bride (Allie) wearing the wedding gown she made herself using Butterick 5748.

This is something that makes us really happy: when brides sew their wedding gowns using one of our patterns. Allie of the blog The Liveaboard Takes the Suburbs just posted about making this dress for her recent wedding, and she used one of our patterns, Retro Butterick 5748.

Bride (Allie) wearing the wedding gown she sewed using B5748, a Retro Butterick pattern.
Here’s Allie twirling in her wedding dress, Butterick pattern B5748.
Bride (Allie) wearing the dress she made, B5748, at her wedding.
Love this photo of Allie and Greg!

I think it’s a fair assumption that the McCall Pattern Company (Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns) has dressed more brides over the years than any other pattern company. We love that we’ve been a part of this important day for so many women.

Vintage Vogue dress V1084 made into a wedding gown.
This bride’s aunt made this gown for her, using Vintage Vogue V1084. Dreamy.
vintage wedding gown patterns from the McCall Pattern Company
If you visit our “Vintage Pattern Catalog Pages” board on Pinterest, you’ll find more pins of our vintage wedding gown patterns.

I have a daughter and I sew, but she says I will not be making her wedding dress. (Mind you, her future wedding is still years away.) She says I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to sewing, and that if I did make her dress I’d be fixated on all the little mistakes in it that only I can see. My daughter knows me so well.

Would you ever make a wedding gown, for yourself or your daughter? Or maybe you’ve sewn one already and lived to tell the tale. Leave a comment here and tell us your thoughts on making a wedding gown. Thanks for stopping by!

Join Our Pinterest Community Board, Please!

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Are you on Pinterest? We are and we’ve just created a new board you might be interested in. It’s a community board where you can pin photos of the things you make with our patterns. We’ve gotten it started with a few pins but it needs more. Having your photos here will also help us keep our fan gallery updated on this blog (at bottom of this page), and we also like to have images to post on our customer board at our NYC office.

Here’s how you can add pins of your Butterick, Vogue Patterns, McCall’s and Kwik Sew makes to the board: 1) Provide a link to your personal Pinterest page, either by leaving it in a comment here or by emailing it to pinterest@mccallpattern.com. 2) Follow this board (in order to add anyone to a group board, both parties have to follow at least one board from the other’s Pinterest account).

That’s all there is to it! We’re excited to have a Pinterest board filled with all the great things you sew with our patterns.

customer gallery at McCall's NYC office.
On the wall at our NYC office: Photos of our customers wearing the fantastic clothes they sew with our patterns.


And…we have a blog!

Dressforms at the McCall Pattern Company headquarters in NYC.

Finally, right?! (Ok, so we’re a tad behind in launching a blog, but we’ll give ourselves credit for being the first pattern company to launch a print magazine devoted to sewing patterns. That would be the Ladies Quarterly of Broadway Fashions in 1867, in case you were wondering.)

We love that the sewing community has found its voice online. Friendships have been formed, new sewers enter the fray every day, and the passion for sewing is growing. We’ve been reading and following your blogs, comments, tweets, pins and photos all along, but now in 2014 we’re dedicated to making the conversation two-way instead of one-way.

This blog is a way to directly engage with our customers. Here we’ll be writing about our new pattern collections, trends and inspiration, sewing and pattern tips, behind-the-scenes looks at how we do stuff, vintage patterns, and so much more. We’re excited to read your comments and we welcome ideas for post topics. There’s tons we can talk about!

Speaking of talking, we’re also active now on Twitter (@mccallpatternco), Pinterest  (The McCall Pattern Company), and Instagram (mccallpatterncompany). On Facebook, we have pages for each of our brands: McCall’s, Vogue Patterns, Butterick and Kwik Sew. We hope you’ll follow us here and on all of our social media.

So, now that we’ve got a dialog going, what kinds of things would you like us to write about here? Leave us a comment and let us know!