New Video: Summer Collections Patterns To Sew

McCall Pattern Company video featuring six patterns from Butterick, McCall's, and Vogue Patterns' to sew this summer.

Wondering what to sew for the summer? Take a look at our latest video featuring a few key pieces from our summer Butterick, McCall’s and Vogue Patterns collections. From dresses to jumpsuits, we picked pieces that are fast to sew and easy to wear. Watch it now:

My colleagues Carlos and Karen are such troopers, agreeing to be in these videos in addition to keeping up with their regular jobs as Vogue Patterns Designer and Associate Art Director/Associate Fashion Editor, respectively. We hope you like these collection videos, as we plan on producing another video for the Fall ’15 collections. Let us know what you think in the comments section. Thanks!


This latest video from the McCall Pattern Company features six patterns you'll want to sew this summer.

Butterick B6203 Sundress in Downtown NYC. Plus, Fringe Time!

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

Butterick sundress sewing pattern B6203, photographed in downtown NYC. From the McCall Pattern Company blog.

When we were looking for dresses for Karen to wear for this photo shoot we almost said no to this new Butterick B6203 pattern. On the hanger it looked pretty…though a little plain. But then when Karen put it on and we paired it with the belt and shoes, we did a 180. It’s so cute, right?!

The great thing about this pattern is that it comes in multiple cup sizes, which will help you get a slim fit in the bodice area. And if you don’t like the skirt with tiered layers you can make it without. Comes with a cap sleeve version as well.

Butterick dress pattern B6203 comes in different views. The perfect sundress.

For fabrics, a lightweight cotton sateen with some Lycra would be cute and comfortable. Florals are big this spring and summer, or try a tropical print. Ooh, maybe a gingham? Make it in red check to match your barbecue tablecloth. (Just kidding, but maybe not, could be kinda fun.) Keep your fabric choice on the lightweight side, unless you’re going for a retro poufiness with your skirt.

Do you like these on-location photo shoots? We had fun doing them. We were able to get Karen (the model shown here who is actually our associate art director) to do one more of these shoots before her other duties claimed her, darn it. Maybe we can do some more when the fall patterns are out. Stay tuned!

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Another Fashion Sewing & You video is here! Jennifer of Workroom Social produced these creative videos with McCall’s and they’re all about inspiring you to think like a fashion designer with the patterns you sew. The latest video is perfect for the ’70s fashion trend we’re experiencing now:

Speaking of fringe, check out this very groovy pattern I found in a 1971 McCall’s catalog:
Fringed vest pattern from a 1971 McCall's catalog. From the McCall Pattern Company archives.
That guy’s mustache reminds me of Roger Sterling, so pardon me while I weep about Mad Men ending. Did you watch the finale? I’m going to miss the clothes from that show as much as I’ll miss the characters. Personally I liked seasons 6 and 7 best for the clothes, when styles loosened up a bit. Which season of the show had your favorite looks?


Learning to Fit Patterns the Easy Way

This is how I sometimes feel about the whole subject of fit and the clothes we sew:

Fit. Can't even. The McCall Pattern Company blog

Do you ever feel that way too? We could probably spend loads of time and energy talking about fit and the challenges associated with fitting garments, but I know we all agree achieving a perfect fit is the way to looking good in the clothes we make.

That’s why we’re so excited to bring you these three new videos all about fit. In this Learn to Fit video series, Melissa Watson, McCall’s designer and certified sewing instructor, uses the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fit method to teach you how to successfully fit your patterns. I’ve watched these videos and I really like how simple Melissa makes tissue-fitting seem. She’s good! Here’s what others have said about the videos:

“They are brilliant, so useful.” verykerryberry
“These videos have changed everything for me.” littlegreenorchids
“Love these videos, [they’ve] just taken my sewing to another level.” juathompson  [quotes from McCall Pattern Company Instagram]

All three videos are here on the McCall Pattern Company YouTube channel. In this video below, Melissa demonstrates how to fit a dress pattern with princess seams. Watch, and let us know how you like this series. Thanks!


Wrap Dress Sewalong news: My co-host Lucinda just posted about sewing knits. Even if you aren’t participating in the sewalong, you’ll want to read her post. And I just uploaded photos of the inside of a DVF wrap dress to our Flickr group; check here.

I still haven’t cut out my sewalong fashion fabric, so don’t worry if you’re just joining us or haven’t started. My goal is to cut out and sew the dress by the end of the weekend. We’ll see how I do. How about you? How’s your wrap dress coming along?


Learn to fit the clothes you sew with this video series from Melissa Watson and McCall's