Friday Goodies: Sewalong, Pattern Giveaway, And More


on the McCall Pattern Company blog 8-21-15

Lots of goodies on the blog today!

  • Enter our pattern giveaway
  • The next sewalong is here
  • Download a new coloring book PDF
  • Meet our guest pinner

Scroll down to read more about each…

pattern giveaway on McCall Pattern Company blog

Want to win a new fall McCall’s pattern? All you have to do is check out the new collection here, then leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you’d like to win and why. Must have a valid email address; only one comment per person. One winner will be randomly selected next week and notified via email. We’ll also announce the name of the winner on this post, so check back next week if you want to see who won. UPDATE: Congratulations to Pamela (Parcher2001), random winner of this giveaway! Pamela, see the comments section for directions.

announcing the V1467 pea coat sewalong on the McCall Pattern Company blog

Plans are underway for our fall sewalong. By popular demand, we’ll be sewing V1467, the pea coat/jacket pattern by Anne Klein for Vogue Patterns. We’re thrilled that Rachel of House of Pinheiro and #sewphotohop fame will be co-hosting the sewalong with us. Order your pattern today while it’s on sale for $5.99USD! A sewalong schedule will be posted here soon, but look for things to begin around mid-September.


For those of you who enjoy our coloring book PDFs, here’s a new one featuring eight of the hottest Fall ’15 McCall’s patterns. This downloadable PDF features high-resolution line art, which you can color with your fabric ideas and styling details. Just enter your email address below to download our McCall’s Fall ’15 coloring booklet. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it.

Note: You will NOT receive an email from us with the PDF. You must click on the link that will appear—McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF—just below the horizontal box that says “Your email was sent successfully.” Clicking on it will download the PDF to your computer or device; if the PDF does not open immediately, then locate the file called McCall’s Fall 2015 Coloring PDF on your device and open it.

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Erica Bunker guest pinner for the McCall Pattern Company

We’re super-pleased to have Erica Bunker as our first guest pinner. We’ve long admired her advanced sewing skills and impeccable taste, not to mention we always find ourselves repinning her Pinterest pins. Follow Erica for a week starting today as she pins the things that are inspiring her fall and winter sewing plans. And if there’s someone you’d like to see as a guest pinner, please let us know in the comments section.

Have a great weekend filled with lots of sewing!

Choosing the Next Sewalong. Plus, New Sewing Meme

Shortest horror story ever: Sewing machine away for service.

Yay, we made it through another work week! It’s been wretchedly hot here in NYC, giving us a good excuse to stay inside with our two favorite devices: the air conditioner and the sewing machine. Is it wrong to worship them?!

Sewalongs: We’ve been thinking about what to sew for the next sewalong. So far we’ve done a Ralph Rucci coat and a wrap dress. We like the idea of doing something a little harder in the fall and then something easier in the spring. One suggestion we’ve gotten so far for the next sewalong is the new Anne Klein pea coat pattern. What do you think about that? Other suggestions for a pattern to sew together? We’d love to hear your thoughts before we make a decision.
vogue pattern v1467
Coming soon: We’re doing post-production work on our fall collection video starring Carlos and Karen, and it should be ready soon. You’ll definitely get ideas for your fall and winter sewing from it.
McCall Pattern Company Fall Collections video 2015
Have you seen the new sewing meme on Instagram? It’s called the “Sew Photo Hop” and it was created by Rachel of House of Pinheiro. Each day in August has a specific theme, like “Hello, Introduce Yourself” for August 1, and you post your own photo on your Instagram account that addresses the theme, tagging it with #sewphotohop. This is a great way to get to know your fellow sewists a little better. We’re going to try to play along and hope you do too.


Have a great weekend with lots of sewing! Back next week with more to chat about, we promise.

Friday Goodies: New McCall’s Coloring Book, Sewing Video & More

McCall Pattern Company blog post 5-1-15Happy Friday and the 1st of May! Because you responded so well to the Vogue Patterns mini “coloring book” we offered recently, we decided to try a McCall’s coloring book. This one features 10 of the most talked-about new patterns from the Summer 2015 collection, plus one girls’ pattern from the Sew Zoey collection.

To download our Summer McCall’s coloring book, just enter your email address below. You’ll receive a confirmation message on the page and the link to download the PDF will appear just below it. Enjoy!

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New fashion sewing video from McCall’s and Workroom Social: Have you caught our Fashion Sewing & You video series? This third video in the series explores how to use sheer fabrics, like chiffon, to add interest to your sewing patterns. It’s all about being your own fashion designer.

Random stuff for your perusal:


  • Me-Made-May 2015 starts today! Are you participating? This is the annual challenge for us sewers to wear one of our own home-sewn garments every day this month. Read this article in The Guardian last year that explains the concept. (And don’t forget to tag us if you post a #mmmay15 outfit that’s made from one of our patterns.) Today I’m wearing a now-OOP Vogue Patterns jacket I made in a  Carolina Herrera silvery metallic brocade. (If you guessed I have a thing for brocade fabrics you’d be entirely right.)
  •  Nancy Zieman is hosting a sewalong for her new McCall’s pattern M7152. What a great opportunity to sew along with a sewing legend.
  • A newsletter I actually look forward to seeing in my inbox is Abby Glassenberg’s  of While She Naps. Every Wednesday she sends out a “neat newsletter with business and blogging tips, sewing techniques, and a round-up of links worth clicking.” Always interesting and clickable stuff.
  • We just wrapped our 2015 summer collections video! Coming soon…
Filming the McCall Pattern Company  summer 2015 collections video.
Not sure why Carlos has that surprised look and Karen is laughing here, but filming our collections videos is always a lot of fun.

Happy sewing this weekend! Back next week with more stuff for you.


Free "coloring book" PDF from McCall's featuring 11 new patterns to play fashion designer with.