It’s the Gertie Pinterest Contest!

Gertie Pinterest contest sponsored by the McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions

New contest for you to enter! It’s the Gertie Pinterest contest, and just for creating a lovely pinboard you could win $300 worth of Gertie fabric, $200 worth of Gertie patterns, and a $50 gift certificate from Jo-Ann Fabrics. Plus, there’s a bonus gift of a signed copy of Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book, retail price of $36. That’s $586 worth of sewing-related prizes!

In case you aren’t familiar with Gertie of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, she’s a designer of retro-style patterns for Butterick, and she has her own line of fabrics at Jo-Ann Fabrics. (Not to mention a few books under her belt as well.) As you probably know from reading her blog, Gertie (a.k.a. Gretchen Hirsch) loves all things vintage.

So the team from McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions (the manufacturer of Gertie’s fabrics) thought it would be fun to have a Pinterest contest around Gertie that lets you have some pinning playtime, and just might inspire your next retro or vintage-style makes. Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Imagine a scene or setting for Gertie and style a Pinterest board around this scene. For example: a “Gertie at Coney Island, 1955” board could be filled with pins of cats-eye sunglasses, straw beach bag, vintage towel and 1950s magazines to read. Vintage scenes or contemporary scenes—it doesn’t matter. Just be creative and have fun with your Gertie scenes!

Feel free to pin Gertie patterns found here and Gertie fabrics found here, though pinning them is not a requirement and won’t affect your chances of winning.

Prized for the 2016 Gertie Pinterest contestWhen you’re done with your board, email a link to your board to with Gertie Pinterest Contest in the subject line by Friday, March 18th. This contest runs until March 18, 2016. The marketing team from McCall Pattern Company and Fabric Traditions will pick the winner, which will be announced on this blog the week of 3/22/16. Official contest rules are here.

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments section here. Hope you’re as excited about this contest as we are!

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McCall Pattern Company Spring 2016 Collections Video

In case you missed it: We just debuted a new video about what to sew for spring, and McCall’s designer Melissa Watson has a new video series about fit, made in conjunction with Fabric Mart. You can see all our new videos here.

Discussion Topic: Sewing Videos

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This week’s discussion topic: sewing videos. Do you watch them to learn new techniques or get help with a tricky part? Are you a video learner, gobbling up what you can on YouTube and sewing-related websites? Discuss.

When I started sewing again several years ago I watched videos whenever I was stuck on something. I found them really helpful, in fact. I don’t rely on sewing videos much anymore, but I do watch how-to videos all the time for digital and social media-related things.

Here’s another question about videos: Do you ever pay to watch sewing videos, like those found on Craftsy or Explore sewing classes on Craftsy   make amazing clothesCreativebug? Or do you prefer to stick with sewing videos you find for free on YouTube or elsewhere. You can argue that the production values and content are better in the videos you pay a fee to watch, but maybe all you need is a quick 3-minute technique video. Discuss.

Last question: What kind of videos could we produce that would enhance and benefit your sewing experience? So far we’ve done several pattern collection videos, and have a new one coming soon. We always get requests to create how-to videos for MPC_logo_centered[1] white space 125x125individual patterns, but when you produce as many patterns as we do, it’s hard to choose which pattern(s) to make videos around. Suggestions for McCall Pattern Company videos you’d really want to watch? Discuss.

Speaking of videos, have you seen the new video series McCall’s designer Melissa Watson is doing in conjunction with Fabric Mart? They’re all about fit:

We recently shared this Chanel jacket video on our Facebook page, but if you’re like me you want to watch it again and again:

We look forward to reading your comments about sewing videos. Thanks!

Friday Goodies: Butterick Coloring Book, New Fashion Sewing Video

New Butterick coloring book and new Fashion Sewing video on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Happy Friday, and to our fans in the USA, happy Memorial Day weekend! As a treat for making it through the week we’ve got a another coloring booklet for you to download. This one features high-resolution, line illustrations of 10 new summer Butterick patterns. Print them out to doodle or to plan your makes. Or give them to any future fashionistas you might know.

To download our Summer Butterick coloring booklet, 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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In case you missed them, download the McCall’s coloring booklet here and the Vogue Patterns coloring booklet here.

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Don’t miss the last installment in our Fashion Sewing & You video series. Jennifer of Workroom Social gives a quick explanation of how to match stripes. And you know stripes are always chic, especially when you play with their orientation:

Stripes for spring/summer 2015. As seen on the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Watch the stripes video now:

Here’s hoping you have a great Memorial Day weekend! If we’re a little quiet on social media it’s because hopefully we are at the beach basking in the warm sun. Back next week!

Download this free coloring booklet PDF featuring 10 new Butterick summer patterns. Doodle your sewing inspiration! High-res line illustrations.