The Winner of the Gertie Pinterest Contest is…

Gertie Pinterest contest sponsored by the McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions

Whew! This was a really tough contest to judge because there were so many great entries. The judging committee (the marketing teams of McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions) actually went into overtime trying to narrow down the list. So, first, thank you to everyone who took the time to create a board and enter the Gertie Pinterest contest.

Congratulations to Samantha Schafer, whose board “When life gives Gertie lemons…she makes limoncello!” made the judging committee want to drop everything and head for the Amalfi coast. For her efforts she will receive $300 worth of Gertie fabric, $200 worth of Gertie patterns, a $50 gift certificate from Jo-Ann Fabrics, and a bonus gift of a signed copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, retail price of $36.
winner of Gertie Pinterest contest

Because the pool of entries was so impressive, we decided to award honorable mention prizes—three yards of fabric and one Gertie pattern of their choice—to these two entrants:
• Alisha Lotterle for her board Gertie goes to Miami, Florida in the 1950’s
• Rhonna Jerauld for her board Gertie’s summer cookout

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this contest. Well done!

Next week on the blog: Weddings, and what to wear to them. Stay tuned!

It’s the Gertie Pinterest Contest!

Gertie Pinterest contest sponsored by the McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions

New contest for you to enter! It’s the Gertie Pinterest contest, and just for creating a lovely pinboard you could win $300 worth of Gertie fabric, $200 worth of Gertie patterns, and a $50 gift certificate from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Plus, there’s a bonus gift of a signed copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, retail price of $36. That’s $586 worth of sewing-related prizes!

In case you aren’t familiar with Gertie of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, she’s a designer of retro-style patterns for Butterick, and she has her own line of fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabrics. (Not to mention a few books under her belt as well.) As you probably know from reading her blog, Gertie (a.k.a. Gretchen Hirsch) loves all things vintage.

So the team from McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions (the manufacturer of Gertie’s fabrics) thought it would be fun to have a Pinterest contest around Gertie that lets you have some pinning playtime, and just might inspire your next retro or vintage-style makes. Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Imagine a scene or setting for Gertie and style a Pinterest board around this scene. For example: a “Gertie at Coney Island, 1955” board could be filled with pins of cats-eye sunglasses, straw beach bag, vintage towel and 1950s magazines to read. Vintage scenes or contemporary scenes—it doesn’t matter. Just be creative and have fun with your Gertie scenes!

Feel free to pin Gertie patterns found here and Gertie fabrics found here, though pinning them is not a requirement and won’t affect your chances of winning.

Prized for the 2016 Gertie Pinterest contestWhen you’re done with your board, email a link to your board to pinterest@mccallpattern.com with Gertie Pinterest Contest in the subject line by Friday, March 18th. This contest runs until March 18, 2016. The marketing team from McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions will pick the winner, which will be announced on this blog the week of 3/22/16. Official contest rules are here.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments section here. Hope you’re as excited about this contest as we are!

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McCall Pattern Company Spring 2016 Collections Video

In case you missed it: We just debuted a new video about what to sew for spring, and McCall’s designer Melissa Watson has a new video series about fit, made in conjunction with Fabric Mart. You can see all our new videos here.

How Do You Feel About Sewing Contests?

Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.
Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

Let’s talk about sewing contests, shall we? We just finished up a Butterick sewing contest, where entrants had to submit a photo of a garment they made with a Gertie pattern. It was co-sponsored with our friends at Fabric Traditions, the fabric company behind Gertie’s new line of fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Response was great, and now we’re thinking about other contest ideas.

We’d actually love to hear your thoughts about sewing contests. Have you ever entered one? Would you ever enter one? Take this brief survey and let us know what you think. Also, feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have more thoughts or observations about sewing contests. Thanks!

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Wrap Dress Sewalong: How’s everyone doing? Did you check out my co-host’s post this week? I’m still actively working on my dress, though I’ve hit a little roadblock with my fabric, specifically the print. It has a strong horizontal flamestitch pattern. I can lay out the bodice in V8379 so the print runs horizontally, but the skirt is full and there isn’t a way to avoid the flamestitch pattern tilting and going wonky. Fortunately Tatyana, our head of dressmaking, thinks there might be some creative ways to work with my fabric, and she’s going to help me with it early next week. I know, how lucky am I to have someone like Tatyana to help me out with sewing problems!

In the meantime, here’s a photo of another one of my WIPs (work-in-progress). This is Butterick B6169, the Lisette moto jacket. Just have to insert the lining and it’s done! Don’t you love this cotton print? I think it’s Alexander Wang.
Butterick B6169 Lisette moto jacket, work-in-progress
See you next week!