TGIF: Sew Along, the Yeah Yeah Yeah Jacket, And More

#V1467SewAlong on the House of Pinheiro

Congratulations on making it to Friday! Yay! The weekend and lots of sewing lies ahead.

But first, let’s check in on the V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along. This week through Sunday co-host Rachel is walking us through steps 9-29 and 35-37; click here. Next week Meg Carter will be back on this blog with steps 30-34 and 38-54. How is everyone doing with their pea coats?

The "Yeah Yeah Yeah Jacket" pattern by Butterick. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Happy 75th birthday to John Lennon. We found this mid-1960’s Butterick pattern in the archives a few weeks ago and thought it was perfect to share today.

McCall Pattern Company employees at 2015 NY Comic Con in costumes they made from McCall's and Butterick patterns.

The McCall Pattern Company is at NY Comic Con this week in booth 937. Stop by and talk cosplay sewing with us if you’re going. Above are Gillian Conahan, assistant editor of Vogue Patterns Magazine, and Chris Lipert Gill, art director at the McCall Pattern Company, in fantastic costumes they made themselves.

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Don’t forget to enter our Halloween Giveaway! Details here.

Finally, because it is that time of year, here’s a look back at some costume patterns in our archives:

Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
1940’s costumes. Love the space guy on the left.
Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Costume patterns from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Mary Poppins!
Costume patterns of the past, on the McCall Pattern Company blog.
Costume patterns from the 1980’s and 1990’s. Aww, E.T.!

Introducing Cosplay By McCall’s

Cosplay by McCall's

If you follow us on social media, you probably saw last week that we announced Cosplay By McCall’s, our new dedicated source for cosplay sewing patterns. We’re very excited about launching this effort. Cosplay is introducing new enthusiasts to sewing, and we want to be the pattern company they choose for cosplay sewing.

Gillian Conahan is spearheading our new blog devoted to cosplay sewing. This is Gillian at the recent C2E2 convention.
Gillian Conahan is spearheading our new blog devoted to cosplay sewing. This is Gillian at the recent C2E2 convention.

My colleague Gillian Conahan, associate editor of Vogue Patterns Magazine and my cubicle neighbor, will be heading up our new cosplay sewing blog. Gillian is an avid cosplayer and crafter of the most exquisite cosplay outfits. Her attention to detail when it comes to cosplay sewing is mind-blowing and inspiring. Bookmark this new blog for all your cosplay sewing tutorials and tips.

We’ve also set up Instagram and Twitter accounts for Cosplay By McCall’s; so follow these as well if you’re into cosplay.

Have you ever done any cosplay sewing or made a really elaborate costume? Tell us what you think of cosplaying in the comments here. Thanks!

Cosplay By McCall's. The source for cosplay sewing patterns.

 

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.