M7547 Sew-Along: Finished!

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

It’s time to show you our finished pants and overalls! Here I am modeling my version of View A pants:


I ended up making them a length I can easily wear with flats. This way they feel more like a pair of jeans, and I’m good with that. My favorite part of these pants? Definitely the high waist feature. Sooo comfy and flattering. And have you noticed high-waist/mom jeans are everywhere these days?! I love when I’m on trend without trying too hard.
McCall's M7547 Sew-Along
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McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

Click here to see how Sew-Along co-host Amanda’s overalls turned out. (In a word: fabulous!)

How great do these M7547 Facebook group members look in their versions:

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

McCall's M7547 Sew-Along

Sew-Along Resources:

Video tutorial to make View A pants

Index of Sew-Along blog posts:
Week 1 – Announcement
Week 2 – Inspiration Fabrics
Week 3 – Making a Muslin/Toile
Week 4 – Darts and Pockets
Week 5 – Seams and Zipper
Week 6 – Meg’s tutorial for adding a facing instead of a waistband
Week 7 – Finishing

We will keep the M7547 Facebook group open for another eight weeks or so. That’s the best place to get help with your pants, and to share your progress. Join it now before it’s closed to new members!

Fall 2017 Sew-Along: We usually choose a harder project for the fall sew-along, typically a new fall Vogue Pattern. It’s always important to challenge ourselves, right?! Stay tuned!

Announcing the 2017 Spring Sew-Along

McCall Pattern Company Spring 2017 Sew-Along

It’s sew-along time! Each spring for our sew-alongs we choose a pattern or style that’s a little more beginner-friendly, preferring to tackle the harder stuff in the fall. The past two springs we’ve done dresses—a wrap dress and a shirtdress. It’s about time we thought about sewing pants, right?! Joining us on this sew-along as co-host is the fabulous Amanda of Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing.

M7547_aThe main pattern we chose for this sew-along is McCall’s M7547. We like that it has four view options: overalls, short overalls, flare pants, and slim pants. You can choose to sew any of these. The pants:

  • have a side zipper (the “fly” you see in the illustrations is just decorative stitching)
  • are fitted through the hips and upper thigh
  • have a slim leg in View B
  • have a flare leg in View A
  • are high-waisted with the waistband sitting at the true waist

This is a really great pattern for those of you who are new to sewing, or who want to try pants for the first time or again. High-waisted pants are really on trend right now, and next week we’ll be sharing lots of style inspiration and fabric ideas. Plus, making a side-zip pant is an easy gateway to sewing zip-front pants, and you can apply this same knowledge to future side-zip skirts you might make.

Sew-Along schedule for blog posts:

Week of 3/3:  Announce sew-along

Week of 3/10:  Style inspiration; suitable fabrics

Week of 3/17: Making a muslin to assess fit

Week of 3/24: Pockets (steps 1-13)

Week of 3/31: Seams and zipper (steps 14-24)

Week of 4/7: Waistband and overalls bib (steps 29-61)

Week of 4/14:  Finishing (steps 62-66)

Week of 4/21: Big reveal

Our sew-alongs are always go-at-your-own pace. Some of you will finish way ahead of this schedule, and some of won’t finish for months. No worries! Whatever works for your schedule. We will leave the sew-along blog posts up indefinitely. We’ll also create a sew-along Facebook group where we can share our progress with each other (coming soon).

Personally, I’m really excited about this sew-along. I’m desperate for new pants that aren’t black trousers. Amanda is going to make View D, the overalls, and I’m going to make View A, but more of a cropped flare, kind of like these pants:

Giambattista Valli pants, available at Net-a-Porter
Giambattista Valli pants, available at Net-a-Porter

We really hope you’ll be joining us for this sew-along! You don’t need to sign up anywhere or make any kind of public pledge: just sew along at home and join the Facebook group, if you’d like. It’s a very chill kind of thing!