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 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.

Discussion Topic: Sewing Videos

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This week’s discussion topic: sewing videos. Do you watch them to learn new techniques or get help with a tricky part? Are you a video learner, gobbling up what you can on YouTube and sewing-related websites? Discuss.

When I started sewing again several years ago I watched videos whenever I was stuck on something. I found them really helpful, in fact. I don’t rely on sewing videos much anymore, but I do watch how-to videos all the time for digital and social media-related things.

Here’s another question about videos: Do you ever pay to watch sewing videos, like those found on Craftsy or Explore sewing classes on Craftsy   make amazing clothesCreativebug? Or do you prefer to stick with sewing videos you find for free on YouTube or elsewhere. You can argue that the production values and content are better in the videos you pay a fee to watch, but maybe all you need is a quick 3-minute technique video. Discuss.

Last question: What kind of videos could we produce that would enhance and benefit your sewing experience? So far we’ve done several pattern collection videos, and have a new one coming soon. We always get requests to create how-to videos for MPC_logo_centered[1] white space 125x125individual patterns, but when you produce as many patterns as we do, it’s hard to choose which pattern(s) to make videos around. Suggestions for McCall Pattern Company videos you’d really want to watch? Discuss.

Speaking of videos, have you seen the new video series McCall’s designer Melissa Watson is doing in conjunction with Fabric Mart? They’re all about fit:

We recently shared this Chanel jacket video on our Facebook page, but if you’re like me you want to watch it again and again:

We look forward to reading your comments about sewing videos. Thanks!

Take Two: Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson on Project Runway, Sewing Bras and More

Take Two with Melissa Watson and Pati Palmer on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

The New York Times does this fun feature called “Take Two: A Dual Review of What’s New.” They pick two famous people, who are usually polar opposites, and ask them to each review products or concepts in a couple of sentences. We thought it would be fun to try this with McCall’s licensed designers and mother-daughter sewing duo Pati Palmer and Melissa Watson (Palmer/Pletsch).

Pati Palmer is a pattern designer and sewing instructor with more than 37 years of experience. She has designed more than 200 patterns for The McCall Pattern Company, and she’s the author of 10 sewing books. Pati taught sewing seminars throughout North America and Australia for 15 years before establishing the Palmer/Pletsch International School of Sewing in Portland, Oregon.

Melissa Watson is Pati’s daughter, so it’s no surprise that her love of fashion and sewing can be traced all the way back to childhood. Melissa designed a line of print fabrics for Springs Creative and co-designed the DIY Line for McCall’s. Soon after that, she began designing for the Palmer/Pletsch line at McCall’s — creating patterns that appeal to the next generation of sewers. [bios from Pati and Melissa’s Craftsy class]

Take Two Pati Palmer & Melissa Watson. On the McCall Pattern Company blog

photos from Lifetime, Threads, Great British Sewing Bee and the New York Times.