That Swoon-Worthy McCall’s Gown, New Video, Another Discussion Topic, and More

McCall's Archive Collection 1930s'era gown. M7154

Here’s a Friday roundup of things to know and me asking you a bunch of questions:

1) We released the McCall’s summer collection this week, and not surprisingly, M7154 was the crowd favorite. Isn’t it stunning? It really captures the essence of late 1920s to early 1930s glamour. I’m doing the same thing many of you said you were going to do: Add this to my pattern collection, just to have.

If you are going to sew this pattern, you’ll want to head over to Pinterest where I just added this photo here and a few more detail photos of this gown:

McCall's Archive Collection M7154 vintage gown pattern reissue,

2) Have you seen our new video series? It’s called Fashion Sewing & You, and we partnered with Jennifer Wiese of Workroom Social in Brooklyn to make these videos. In each, Jen takes a McCall’s pattern and shows you how to make stylish, fashion-designer hacks to it. Here’s the latest video in the series, “Sewing With Bias Tape to Create Design Interest”:

3) Do you want a McCall’s coloring book? So you clearly welcomed the “coloring book” we just did for the latest Vogue Patterns collection. Should we do a similar-type PDF for the new McCall’s summer collection? Tell us in the comments if you’d download a McCall’s PDF coloring book too.

4) Do you quilt too? If you follow us on Instagram (and you should if you don’t!) you might know that I’ve recently gotten into quilting. I started taking quilting classes about six months ago when I was in a bad karma rut with all the clothes (i.e., wadders) I was sewing for myself. Having always believed quilting was something I’d take up when I was much older, I was happily surprised to find that I really like it. Designing my own quilt patterns and thinking about color interplay forces the gray matter to think in new ways. Plus, to be a beginner in something is a little bit…exhilarating! (And this all has me considering what it’s like to be a beginner sewer, which explains the recent beginner-oriented posts here.)

Quilt made by Meg Carter of the McCall Pattern Company
My first quilt EVER! Made it about six months ago.

But here’s what I want to know: Can you be a quilter AND a fashion sewer? Or do most people end up taking sides. Do quilters ever dabble in fashion sewing, I wonder, or is the thought of fitting a garment as overwhelming for them as designing a quilt is for me? Leave me a comment here and let me know if you quilt and sew garments, or know any quilters who also make clothes.

I'm so inspired by Jessica's Alabama Chanin version of V9022. Love it!
I’m so inspired by Jessica’s Alabama Chanin version of V9022. Love it!

5) One last thing: Alabama Chanin. I’ve long been an admirer of Natalie Chanin, and she’s a big fan of our patterns. After seeing some really cool Alabama Chanin-style makes in the blogosphere, like Jessica’s dress (right) and Laura Mae’s retro suit, I am itching to make my own AC piece. Maybe something along the lines of this coat, but less labor-intensive. I smell a summer project!

Have a great weekend!

Video: McCall Pattern Company Fall ’14 Collections

We made a video and we’re so excited to share it with you! It features two members of our team—Carlos Correa, Vogue Patterns designer, and Rachel Banbury, marketing associate—talking about and showing what we consider some of the key patterns from our fall 2014 collections. You’ll see sample garments from Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns. These are the same pieces the models wear on the pattern envelopes.

Our goal with this video was to help inspire you as you plan your fall/winter sewing. Leave a comment and let us know what you think. And tell us what other types of videos you’d like to see us to create. Thanks!