New Video: Exploring Fabric Options for Spring Sewing

Our latest video is all about FABRIC! Penny Payne, our longtime fabric editor, explores various fabric options for several new patterns from Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns. She also manages to get in a little fabric education, explaining things like scuba knits and “no-print prints.” Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section. If you find it helpful we’ll definitely look at doing more fabric videos.


Cutting out a muslin for the McCall Pattern Company wrap dress sewalong.

Wrap Dress Sewalong update: This week I’ve been working on the muslin for my niece’s wrap dress. I’m just concerned about the bodice section, so that’s all I cut out and will stitch up. See my iPad in the photo? I’m binge-watching House of Cards on Netflix as I sew. Worth it alone for Claire’s sleek wardrobe. Don’t forget to read my co-host ReDpants Design’s post on fabric for your wrap dress. Hope you get in a lot of sewing this weekend!


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Enter Our Giveaway to Win 100+ Yards of New Fabric

Enter our giveaway to win more than 100 yards of new fabric!

Does the idea of winning over 100 yards of brand-new fabric sound appealing? Then you’ll definitely want to enter “Gertie’s Grand Giveaway,” sponsored by the McCall Pattern Company with fabric provided by Fabric Traditions 

Here’s how: Have you made any of Butterick’s Patterns by Gertie? Because to enter the contest, all you need to do is send in a photo of your finished garment. Our judges will select first, second and third prize winners, which will be announced in February at the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. The winning garment will be displayed in the McCall Pattern Company booth there.

If you want to make up a garment specially for the contest, there’s still time! Submissions are due January 31st. All the rules and details are right here. For more info on all the beautiful fabric the winner will receive, check out Gertie’s blog post.

I personally have seen many stunning versions of Gertie’s patterns out there. So I’m going to be really, really annoyed with you if you don’t take five minutes to send us photos of your Gertie make. Because you always need more fabric, right?!

Holiday Party Style: It’s All in the Fabric

It may be a little ironic for a pattern company to tell you not to buy new patterns, but when you’re thinking about what to sew for that upcoming holiday party, go through your pattern stash first. I bet you already have a pattern, probably one you know and love, that will look great for the holidays. All you need to do is sew it up in a bling-y fabric.

Scroll on and see how we took some new and not-so-new Vogue Patterns and made them party-ready. Feel free to borrow our fabric choices! (Images from the latest issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine.)

Vogue Patterns V8358Take one of your sundress patterns and repurpose it for the holidays. V8358 (above) looks fabulous in a sequined knit. Try a similar fabric or even a lightweight velvet with your pattern.

Vogue Patterns V900t top paired with V8584 pantsI bet you already have at least five elastic waist patterns in your stash. Look for one with a wider leg, like we show here with V8584. Make them in sequined chiffon and pair them with a fitted top pattern. Silk shantung works well for fitted garments with crisp details, like the asymmetrical front of V9004.

Vogue Patterns V8977 topFind the cutest tunic/top pattern you own and make it again, this time from a sexy fabric like a soft flocked lamé. Pair it with slim pants or leggings. If your pattern has some back interest, like V8977, so much the better.

Vogue Patterns V8931 suit patternYour jacket and skirt patterns are perfect for holiday parties when you make them out of a luxurious brocade. A fitted jacket (like V8931) paired with a pencil skirt is super sophisticated.

So make it easy on yourself this holiday season and shop from your pattern stash first. Stick with your TNTs when possible. If you do need a new pattern, we’ve pinned lots of holiday glam pattern ideas here. Happy sewing!