Enter the Kids Can Sew Contest!

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8/4/17 Update: We are in the process of notifying our winners now. We will update this blog post with their names next week. Sorry for the delay, but there were so many great entries that it took us extra time to go through them all!


Remember when you were a kid—and either through school, your mom, camp, Girl Scouts, or just being bored—you tried a new craft or hobby. A lot of those youthful projects went by the wayside (stamp collecting? Snore.), but maybe one or two hobbies became imprinted on your brain and stuck with you—like sewing.

Many of us at McCall’s began sewing when we were kids, and we’d love to see today’s kids also develop a lifelong passion for sewing. To that end, we recently created this video to reach tweens:

And today we’re announcing the #KidsCanLearn2Sew contest, sponsored by McCall’s and PatternReview. The winner gets a brand-new sewing machine from Janome, a $50 gift certificate from FabricMart, a $25 gift certificate from PatternReview, and five new patterns from us. The purpose of this contest is to:

  • Encourage kids to try sewing
  • Encourage parents, grandparents, friends and family to pass their love of sewing on to the next generations

Here’s how kids can enter the contest:

  • Watch the Learn with Lizzie video above
  • Must be between the ages of 7 and 14. Contest is void outside of the U.S.
  • Select a pattern from McCall’s Learn to Sew for Fun collection. Note: If you’d prefer to use one of our beginner-friendly patterns that is not part of the Learn to Sew collection, please send us an email (social@mccallpatterncompany.com) to request permission to use a different pattern. May be from Butterick or Kwik Sew in this case.
  • Choose any fabric available by the yard or from a stash (but cannot be from an existing garment that is cut apart and repurposed)
  • Film a video, no longer than 60 seconds total, that shows
    • uncut fabric and pattern
    • contestant making garment (not every step needs to be filmed; just enough so we see contestant actually sewing and/or cutting out the garment)
    • contestant modeling finished garment
  • Parent, grandparent, relative, friend or legal guardian posts video to her/his social media and tags it with #kidscanlearn2sew. Example: Can upload complete video to Instagram, or can upload segments of video individually to Instagram. Can post video to McCall’s Facebook page or Facebook group. Or can upload video to a personal YouTube channel.
  • Child’s parent or legal guardian must also send an email to social@mccallpatterncompany.com advising that video has been uploaded (include link to social media account) and that minor has parental/legal guardian consent to have her/his likeness shown on McCall’s and PatternReview’s social media, including YouTube. Entries without parental or legal guardian consent will not be eligible. Child’s full name and hometown will not be published.

Presence of an adult in the video is acceptable, as long as the child is the one doing most of the work. It can be a team effort between adult and child, but the judges should be convinced that the child is actually learning to sew as part of this project.

Judging: Enthusiasm counts more than professionalism of video or complexity of finished garment. We want to feel like hooray!, another sewer/sewist has joined the crowd when we watch the video entries.

Timing: Videos must be posted by July 31, 2017, and all accompanying emails must be received by July 31, 2017. A winner will be announced by August 4, 2017, on this blog.

Prizes: One winner will receive:

  • Janome MOD-30 sewing machine (MSRP $499), featuring “cutting-edge technology to make your sewing much easier.”
  • $50 gift certificate to FabricMart, your online store for beautiful closeout fashion fabrics.
  • $25 gift certificate from PatternReview, the online sewing community with over 400,000 members worldwide
  • Choice of five current patterns from McCall’s, Butterick, Kwik Sew and Vogue Patterns

Note: Additional prizes may be awarded based on number of entries and judges’ discretion.

We are super excited to see your videos! Hope you enjoy this latest contest from us, and get sewing!

McCall’s #M7542 Top Pattern Sewing Contest

McCall's #M7542 top sewing contest

Announcing the #M7542 Top Pattern Contest!

Have you seen all the fantastic makes of McCall’s M7542 top pattern? It seems like every day someone is posting her cute new version. We’re so inspired by your makes that we’re holding an M7542 contest! You could win:

  • a $100 gift certificate to Vogue Fabrics, plus a 1-year subscription to their fabric catalog
  • $100 worth of patterns from us (your choice from current patterns)

And it’s so easy to enter. All you have to do is:

  1. Make this top pattern. If you’ve already made this pattern you can still enter it in the contest.
  2. Post your make on social media (Instagram [preferred], Facebook and the MPC Facebook Group, Pinterest, Twitter) any time between now and May 7th.
  3. Tag it #M7542. If you’ve already made this top and posted it, you can update your post with the hashtag.

McCall's M7542 top patternOur panel of judges will choose their favorite make from the submissions. What makes a pattern a favorite? This will be a tough call, as we’ve been loving all your versions. But things we’ll be looking at include use of fabric and print, and how the pattern looks on you. Maybe you’ve interpreted the pattern in a new way. The winning interpretation will be one that delights and appeals to us.

Pattern tweaking is allowed, as long as the judges feel the basic overall design of this pattern is still recognizable. For example, if you used the pleated ruffle from View C but placed it on a top with a different bodice, that would be viewed as too much of a variation on the design. But if you altered the neckline of M7542, that would be ok.

And, you may enter multiple makes of this pattern, not just one!

Tip: Taking a good photograph—preferably one that’s shot outside in natural light—will show your creation off the best.

The winner will be announced on Facebook Live and Instagram Live during the week of May 8th, and we’ll also update this post with the winner’s name.

See, isn’t this an easy contest to enter?! We can’t wait to see your submissions!

two versions of M7542 top pattern
Two fabulous versions of #M7542 spotted on social media. We’ll be entering them into the contest!

How Do You Feel About Sewing Contests?

Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.
Butterick designer Gertie with a fan at the 2015 Sewing & Stitchery Expo.

Let’s talk about sewing contests, shall we? We just finished up a Butterick sewing contest, where entrants had to submit a photo of a garment they made with a Gertie pattern. It was co-sponsored with our friends at Fabric Traditions, the fabric company behind Gertie’s new line of fabric at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Response was great, and now we’re thinking about other contest ideas.

We’d actually love to hear your thoughts about sewing contests. Have you ever entered one? Would you ever enter one? Take this brief survey and let us know what you think. Also, feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have more thoughts or observations about sewing contests. Thanks!

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Wrap Dress Sewalong: How’s everyone doing? Did you check out my co-host’s post this week? I’m still actively working on my dress, though I’ve hit a little roadblock with my fabric, specifically the print. It has a strong horizontal flamestitch pattern. I can lay out the bodice in V8379 so the print runs horizontally, but the skirt is full and there isn’t a way to avoid the flamestitch pattern tilting and going wonky. Fortunately Tatyana, our head of dressmaking, thinks there might be some creative ways to work with my fabric, and she’s going to help me with it early next week. I know, how lucky am I to have someone like Tatyana to help me out with sewing problems!

In the meantime, here’s a photo of another one of my WIPs (work-in-progress). This is Butterick B6169, the Lisette moto jacket. Just have to insert the lining and it’s done! Don’t you love this cotton print? I think it’s Alexander Wang.
Butterick B6169 Lisette moto jacket, work-in-progress
See you next week!