Join the McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group

McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group

We just launched the McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group, and we’d love for you to join us. This is the place to share and post about your makes with our patterns, and to meet like-minded sewing friends from the United States and the rest of the world. It’s a nice place to hang out!

The impetus for creating this group was seeing the success of the Shirtdress Sew-Along Group on Facebook, which now has over 700 members. We then decided to create this broad group, with the idea that we would have sub-groups for specific things like sew-alongs. For now we are limiting content to current, women’s patterns.

Come join us! McCall Pattern Company Facebook Group If you have suggestions for other ways you’d like to see us use social media to engage with our consumers, please leave a comment here. We’re always eager to talk to home sewers. Thanks!

New Pattern Giveaway. Plus, Periscoping!

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TGIF! To celebrate the first week of fall and this gorgeous weather we’re having here in NYC, let’s do a pattern giveaway. To enter, visit the new Vogue Patterns winter/holiday collection we just released and choose your favorite new pattern. Then leave a comment here telling us why you’d like to win it. One random winner will be selected next week and notified via this post. Good luck! You can also enter to win a new pattern on our Instagram account. GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

9/30/15 UPDATE: Congratulations to Cherry Hall! She was our random winner. Cherry, see our reply to your comment for directions.

The McCall Pattern Company is hosting live videos on Periscope

Do you Periscope yet? In case you aren’t familiar with this new(ish) form of social media, Periscope gives you the ability to broadcast live video to followers. We’ve done two “test” videos so far featuring mini tours of our headquarters here in New York City, and we hope to do more behind-the-scenes videos. Follow us on Periscope and let us know here what kind of live videos you’d like us to broadcast.

Hong Kong seam finish of pea coat V1467.

Don’t you just love a nicely finished seam? This is the back seam of our pea-coat-in-progress, V1467. We’ll be working on the sleeves this weekend as part of our #v1467sewalong. What are you sewing this weekend?!

Another Must-Have Top This Season: The Statement Sweat

McCall's M6992 sweatshirt pattern is chic and easy to make.

“Statement sweats have proved their staying power,” says Ruth La Ferla writing for the New York Times this week. Um, yeah, they’re everywhere! I thought the fancy sweatshirt trend, which debuted two years ago on the runways, would have died out by now but I was wrong.

And I’m glad I was wrong because we have a super-cute statement sweat pattern! McCall’s M6992 is the perfect platform to go creative and make your own fancy sweatshirt. I’ve put together some looks here to get you thinking about your future snazzy sweat:

1. Go elegant: Look for luxe fabrics. Remember you only need a small piece if you make the rest of your sweat from a basic fabric. Or, add an inset like the collar and bib of a tuxedo shirt. Fancy-schmancy!
Inspiration for statement sweats using pattern M6992
2. Add embellishments: We love how Stella McCartney adorned her basic sweat with zipper tape—so cool! You can also sew on some of those jewels in your sewing drawer (you know they’re there), or you can go wild with your random pieces of leftover trim (also cluttering up your sewing drawers).
Inspiration: Add embellishment to your sweat.
3. Make a refined-casual statement: You can keep your sweatshirt relaxed but a cut above the ordinary by using prints with solids. Or have some fun and expose your shoulders. (Remember what Donna Karan said about shoulders: “It is the one place I guarantee that will never show a wrinkle, never gets fat.”)
Inspiration for sweatshirts using McCall's M6992
Did I succeed in inspiring you to make your own statement sweat with M6992?! If so, show us what you make by pinning it to our Pinterest fan gallery.

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McCall Pattern Company Fall Into Fashion Pinterest Contest 2014
Congratulations to Sasha Sinclair, the winner of our Fall Into Fashion Pinterest contest! It was tough to choose just one winner, because we received so many fabulous entries, but our judges felt Sasha really took our call to “show us what inspires you” to heart. Check out her winning board here, and look for more social media contests to come.

V1419 Sewalong update: Did everyone see Lauren’s fabulous post on fabrics to consider? This weekend I’ll be stitching up my second muslin (first one was too small) and writing a blog post about it that hopefully will go live on Monday. Feel free to start working on your own muslins now…I almost think it’s better to get your muslin done before you decide on fabric, just because I think it will help you narrow down what kind of fabric you ultimately want. At any rate, have a great weekend!