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!


The Next Sew-Along: ?

sew-along on the McCall Pattern Company blog

We just looked at the calendar and realized it’s time to start thinking about our Fall Sew-Along. What would you like to sew this time? Here’s what we’ve made in the past for our sew-alongs:

  • Spring 2016: shirtdresses
  • Fall 2015: Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat
  • Spring 2015: wrapdresses
  • Fall 2014: Vogue Patterns V1419 Ralph Rucci coat

Typically in the fall we’ve all sewn together a single pattern that offers a few more challenges. For our past spring sew-alongs we’ve chosen to sew a style together—so far wrapdresses and shirtdresses—and participants can use any of our patterns in that style.

But hey, we’re always open to suggestions when it comes to sew-alongs, and there’s no reason why we have to always do things the same way. What would you like to sew for our Fall 2016 Sew-Along? (It’s most likely it won’t actually get underway until late September/early October.) Leave a comment here and let us know!

Inside Look at V1467 Pea Coat for Sew Along

Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along

Are you joining us for our Fall 2015 Sew Along? We hope so! By popular demand we will be sewing Vogue Patterns V1467 pea coat by Anne Klein. We’ve just created a Pinterest board of photos of this designer jacket. There are close-ups and detail shots—both inside and out—that show the lining, seam finishing and more, all to help us as we sew. Here are some more photos below, but head to the Pinterest board to see them all:

Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along
Bet you weren’t expecting a half lining in the back, were you? You can make it a full lining if you’d like.
Vogue Patterns V1467 Anne Klein pea coat for sew along
Love this little dart in the sleeve cap.

Follow The McCall Pattern Company’s board V1467 Pea Coat Sew Along on Pinterest.

Fabrics and schedule: We’re working on a sew along schedule and will post it here soon. In the meantime, get your pattern and start thinking about fabrics. (We’ll have a post later specifically about what kind of fabrics work best for this pattern.) The actual Anne Klein jacket is made of a medium-weight wool with a polyester lining. It feels very lightweight, in fact, not heavy as you’d expect a pea coat to be. It’s more of a jacket you can wear in the office or outside in fall, not winter, weather.

Back soon with more on the sew along and other things!